|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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 ¹ 21 (2011)|
10 June - 16 June
Jay Kay and the Jamiroquai people return with their new album
Take me out!
On the Sofa with...
|Mad Hatter Brings Virtual Insanity to the City - Kyiv Culture|
Debuting at number 7 on the charts in the UK and then receiving the Gold status certification for their most recent album Rock Dust Light Star, Jamiroquai is perhaps one of Britain’s most successful jazz funk, acid jazz band there is. Heading up this music sensation is Space Cowboy Jay Kay, who, when we heard was making his way to the capital, promptly rounded up to see if he could help us get down and get funky.
Jamiroquai’s musical line up needs no introduction. It consists of the very likeable Mad Hatter frontman Jay Kay; the guy who keeps them all in time – drummer Derrick McKenzie; strummer of strings – guitarist Rob Harris; soulman – bassist Paul Turner; ebony and ivory tinkling keyboardist, Matt Johnson; and noise-maker/percussionist, Sola Akingbola.
|Porta Pia An Italian Treat - Take me out!|
Another month – another TUCC meeting. This time members gathered at one of Kyiv’s newest venues, Porta Pia, an Italian-owned and Italian-run restaurant with Italian Franco Schianove in charge of the kitchen.
My initial thoughts about Porta Pia were that it was going to be something of a high-end restaurant. The subtlety of the sign in the street, which I have since learned has been replaced by a new larger sign, signaled to me that they were not looking for just any customer.
|What’s On: Read All Over the World (#21) - Competitions|
This week the first stop in our global photo competition is Istanbul, with this photo above of the Blue Mosque sent to us by Olesya Nechuyviter. It looks as though Olesya wasn't too lucky with the weather on this sightseeing trip, but it's a beautiful building no matter the weather. And below we're away down in the Dutch Antilles just off the coast of Venezeula on the island of Curacao. In this photo sent to us by Erich Schmeidlechner we have his daughter in the town of Willemstad.
|Face of Kyiv 2011 (#21) - Competitions|
Name: Christina Dovgal
Education: Kyiv National Linguistic University
About Christina: I’m an easy-going, communicative person, optimistic and generous in every situation. I am fond of travelling and tourism, I like to open new horizons in my life. I love spending time with my friends and family. So far I have travelled to Europe and America, and want to see much more.
|A Lady Living a Dream - On the Sofa with...|
“The most important thing for me in life is the purity and harmony of the space where I live. I’m certain that this is my type of art – the art of harmonising the life I live,” says Lidia Gudyr-Porytska, sharing her thoughts.
Lidia’s positive attitude to life can serve as an excellent example for those who think that real achievement is too difficult. For that type of person, Lidia has some instructive words and a solid lesson: “The words ‘I should’ may sound frightening, so it’s better to use ‘I choose’ instead.
|Airs and Arias - This Week|
Opera Gala, Kyiv Conservatory (Horodetskoho 1-3/11), 12 June at 19.00
Five winners from the world’s most respected operatic competitions are coming to perform in Ukraine on their around the World tour. They’ve already performed to loud applause in Paris, New York, Moscow and Seoul, and now it’s Kyiv’s turn to welcome the incredible opera stars from France, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. With opera houses closed for the summer you’ll need to get your fill tonight where you can expect to hear some of the most famous arias from Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner and Tchaikovsky on the capital’s stage.
|High-Brow Classical for a High-Brow Audience - This Week|
Week of High Classical with Roman Kofman, Lavra Gallery (Lavrska 1), 16 – 27 June at 19.00
Roman Kofman is a legendary Ukrainian conductor who, after many years of working abroad, returned to Kyiv to make Ukraine’s capital a centre of European classical music. With this in mind, he has launched an international classical music festival, aimed at bringing together some of the world’s best musicians and orchestras.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.