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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 17 (2012)

17 (2012)/2012
11 May - 17 May
50 Years of Photography 
Frank Horvat rolls into town this week with a retrospective on his life and work

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The Boys and Girls of Bel Air - This Week
Guano Apes (Germany, alternative rock), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 1), 15 May at 20.00
Guano Apes, featuring the fabulous Sandra Nasic, have been to Ukraine before, and they seem to have enjoyed themselves cause theyre back once again. The road for the German alt rockers hasnt been a smooth one. Breaking up in 2006, citing differences in direction as the real problem, they reunited in body and spirit in 2009 and are back on track. No longer Walking On a Thin Line, catch them this week while theyre here in the capital.


Ozzy On His Way? - This Week
Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society (US, rock), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 1), 12 May at 20.00
Unfortunately, no. Ozzy is not coming to Ukraine. But his guitarist, Zakk Wylde, almost as popular as Ozzy Osbourne himself, is, and hes bringing his own project, Black Label Society, with him. When Ozzy decided to take a break in 1992, it was then that Zakk introduced his first band, Pride & Glory. It has since transformed into Black Label Society, and is all about the Darkest Days. In 2009, Classic Rock Magazine listed Zakk, along with only a handful of other musicians, as some of the best guitarists of all time. With their most recent studio album hitting all of the major music charts, lets see if he really is as good as he says.


Earlier - This Week
Exhibition of photographs by Viktor Marushchenko (UA), Bottega Gallery (Mykhalivska 22b), 15 May 29 May
During the course of the first Ukrainian Biennale of contemporary art, Arsenale 2012, photographer Viktor Marushchenko invites everyone out to the opening of his exhibition, Earlier. Expressing his own perception of how things work in the world, his photographs have travelled around the world as highlights in exhibitions throughout France, Switzerland, Germany, US, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Slovakia, Russia and of course Ukraine.


Jazz For the Youngest - This Week
The Third Annual OKeshkin Childrens Jazz Festival, City Garden (Mariinskiy Park), 12 13 May at 14.00
Even though jazz is often considered grown-up music, there are young musical geniuses out there ready to argue the point, as this weekend will certainly demonstrate. Enjoy good music played by young jazz musicians, and join in all of the activities sure to bring out the musical talent in your children as well.


Frans Man - This Week
Oliver Koletzki & Fran (Germany, DJ set), Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1), 11 May at 23.00
Crystal Hall continues on its mission to furnish Kyiv with bigshots from the world of DJ. This one is a little bit spesh, as Oliver Koletzki calls in with his right-hand Fran. Koletzki is poster boy for new German techno, his musical style covering genres from fantasy rock to minimal electro. His pièce de résistance is the merging, meshing and mixing of all the genres to create a scintillating kind of musical saturation.


De Germans are Coming - This Week
De/Vision (Germany, synthpop), Sullivan Room (Prorizna 8), 11 May at 20.00
These legends of the German scene have been trailblazing their trendsetting beats for the last quarter of a century. Packing 11 albums, dozens of videos, hundreds of concerts and thousands of fans, they call in on Kyiv on their 25th anniversary tour. Their sound is a truly unique, textured experience, formed of many layers of effects and arrangements.


Experience With Age - Cover Story
Life is full of incredible stories, just like the one of Frank Horvat a popular Italian-born French photographer who has been snapping away for more than 50 years. Instead of relying on his memory to recall those incredible moments in life, Frank picked up a camera, capturing them on film. With his exhibition opening up here in Kyiv this week, you too can delve into the snapshots of his reminiscence.


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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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