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¹7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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What's On Archive ¹ 21 (2011)

¹21 (2011)/2011
10 June - 16 June
Virtually Insane
Jay Kay and the Jamiroquai people return with their new album


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Punk’s not Dead! - Coming Soon
Sum 41 (Canada, punk rock), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 17), 5 July at 21.00
Canadian punk rockers Sum 41 finally found Ukraine on the world map and decided to pay us a visit. The news spread quickly among youngsters and now masses of people are rushing headlong to buy tickets for their show. In addition to the best songs from their previous five albums, Sum 41 is bringing Kyiv the band’s latest work, their early 2011 release Screaming Bloody Murder. Don’t miss this great show.


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Warriors of Sound - Coming Soon
Stanton Warriors (Bristol), Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1), 15 June at 21.00
As a breakbeat duo, Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley have travelled the globe with their underground cutting edge kind of music. Released in October of 2008, Stanton Sessions Vol 3, their third album and subsequently their best, received a 5 out of 5 from the record label iDJ, making them a huge hit in music circles.


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Smokers Attack Ukraine - Coming Soon
Smokie (UK, rock), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 29 October at 19.00
Having gone through a number of rather interesting monikers, this British band from Yorkshire found that they had something to offer Europe back in the 70s. But perhaps their real claim to fame was the lawsuit threatened by soul legend Mr Smokey Robinson, who worried that their previous name, Smokey, was too similar and would confuse audiences.


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This Makes Even the Grass Look Bad - Coming Soon
Fresh Cut Event, Forsage (Harmatna 51a), 18 June at 22.00
Clubs come and clubs go in this trendy capital, and often what’s hot last season meets its match in the next. With this in mind, it is to Forsage’s credit that they have come up with something really special, so without further ado, may we introduce to you Greece’s own Axel Karakasis!


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Bach and Composers of the 21st Century - Coming Soon
Friday Classics, Master Klass Cultural Centre (Lavrska 16), 24 June at 20.00
The Master Klass Cultural Centre is presenting an outstanding concert uniting Bach’s musical heritage and Ukrainian and Russian classic music composers of the 21st century. The idea behind this particular amalgamation is due to a hugely multi-talented cello performer/composer/teacher, Zoltan Almashi. Works by Bach notwithstanding, Silvestrov, Pilyutikov, Sydorenko and Almashi will also be represented this evening with Mr Almashi himself on the cello.


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An Invasion of Voices - Coming Soon
Kuban Cossack Choir, Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 16 – 17 November at 19.00
As well as being one of the most ancient, the Kuban Cossack Choir has to be one of the most prominent of Russian choirs to date. Its roots go back to the beginning of the 19th century where their artistic mastery even then was unparalleled.


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Rock Legend Graces Kyiv - Coming Soon
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 31 July at 19.00
“Legend”, “ground-breaking” and “influential” are but three of the adjectives that have been applied to Robert Plant. And with good reason. From not entirely humble beginnings (Jimmy Page, after all, had already tasted fame with the Yardbirds), Plant and “Led Zep” reeled off a stunning string of blues-infused hard rock hit albums, spawning chart-topping hits like “Communication Breakdown”, “Heartbreaker”, “Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Kashmir” and, of course, “Stairway to Heaven”. Following Zep’s breakup, undeterred and with a considerable amount still to offer, Plant soldiered on, notably releasing a platinum (and 5 Grammy-winning) album entitled “Raising Sand”, in collaboration with American singer Alison Kraus.


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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.

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