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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


What's On Archive 20 (2011)

20 (2011)/2011
3 June - 9 June
Singing About Sevastopol
Moby comes to Kyiv with his new album

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Heading to the East Side - Coming Soon
Moby (US, ambient, electronica), Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1), 10 June at 19.00
Born in Harlem in 1965, Richard Melville Hall always had an ear for music. Learning classical guitar at the age of nine, he went on to master piano and drums not long after. Signed to Instinct Records in 1989, his first big breakthrough was the progressive house track, Go, that included the string line from the hit TV series, Twin Peaks.


No Pit - Coming Soon
Pendulum (Australia/UK, drum n bass), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 17), 15 June at 21.00
The Australo-British sextet, founded in 2002, takes the genre to another level, never fearing to augment traditional d n b lines with heavy guitar riffs and unique vocal stylings.  Achieving an immediate hit  with their debut single Another Planet, Pendulum scored a landmark success when their debut album Hold Your Colour became the biggest-selling drum n bass record of all time.


World-Famous Violinist in Kyiv - Coming Soon
Soloists Sung-Ju Lee (USA), National Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in concert International Festival Kyiv Summer Music Evenings, Open-air stage at Mariinsky park, 25 June at 18.00
International Festival Kyiv Summer Music Evenings invites all guests of Kyiv to an unprecedented open-air concert by the National Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, starring soloist Sung-Ju Lee. Sung-Ju Lee first appeared as a soloist at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic and by the age of 11 she had already received her first international awards.


A Welcome Roach - Coming Soon
Papa Roach (US, nu-metal, Alta Expo Centre (Moskovskiy 11a), 29 June at 20.00
Calling themselves a band that tries to walk that line between metal, hardcore, punk rock and pop music, the pride of Vacaville, California is bringing its Raid the Nation tour to Kyiv and, if the chatter on the groups website is anything to go by, Kyivites will be turning out in droves.  And why not?


Ocean of Emotions - Coming Soon
Okean Elzy (pop-rock), Palace Ukraine (V. Vasylkivska 103), 6 October at 19.00
Having taken a break after their Dolce Vita tour, Okean Elzy will be back in October, with a huge show held in the capital of Ukraine. This time, the band will play their rock songs accompanied by a symphonic orchestra. The most interesting thing about this concert is that Okean Elzy wont change the arrangement of the songs, as its usually done, but will add the symphonic parts to their music.


Cheers from Ireland! - Coming Soon
Celtic Lights Dance Show, House of Officers (Hrushevskoho 30/1), 16 June at 19.00
Irish dances have already won the affection of millions of people all over the world. It seems the blood runs faster when one hears the inflaming sounds and rhythms of Irish music. Celtic Lights is an absolutely new programme full of emotion, original light effects, and percussive steps, telling a story about life and death, love and hatred, good and evil.


Canarias - Coming Soon
Exhibition of paintings and photographic works by Rufina Santana and Poldo Sebrian, M17 (Antonovycha 102-104), From 29 June
Rufina Santana and Poldo Sebrian were so taken with the beauty of the Canary Islands that they created a selection of their memories of this divine place. Rufinas canvases are replete with the colours of the Canary Islands: yellow for hot sand, red for the sun, deep blue for the sea.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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