|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 17 (2012)|
11 May - 17 May
50 Years of Photography
Frank Horvat rolls into town this week with a retrospective on his life and work
On the Sofa with...
Just a Minute
Take me out!
|COVER MODEL! Competitions - Competitions|
Name: Elena Kostikova
I am smart, beautiful, charming and friendly. I have different tastes, but am also a fan of quality cinema, literature and music. I love animals, and for a time was a volunteer at a shelter. I am currently studying private international law and confident I will meet a bright and interesting future.
|The Ukrainian Connoisseurs Club Visits Praha - Take me out!|
Every time a TUCC event comes around, there’s always a heated discussion in the What’s On office as to who should attend: will it be Paul and Lana, or Katya and I? But when Praha came up as the next destination, there was no discussion. It was Katya and I and that was it. After all, it was where we had our wedding reception, and we’d not been back since. So when the evening arrived, we headed there with a sense of excitement, mixed with a hint of nostalgia.
|No Smoking Allowed - Coming Soon|
Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra (Gypsy techno-rock band), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 21 May at 19.00
Nominated a couple of times for a Palme d’Or as well as an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Emir Kusturica has proved to the world his talent as a director. But who’d have guessed that he’s also a talented musician? When he joined the band as bass player in 1986, the No Smoking Orchestra was popular in Yugoslavia only.
|The Mother of Musicals - Coming Soon|
12 Musicals, October Palace (Instytutska 1), 30 May at 19.00
Musical lovers (and you know who you are) will be happy to learn that songs from the 12 best musicals of all time will be performed here in the city, and soon! A handful of Russian artists will be doing the deed, combining music, voice, choreography and even circus tricks to ensure you enjoy the experience as much as possible. There will be excerpts from Cats, Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet as well as Bombay Dreams and Mozart L Opera Rock.
|Hleb’s Here to Help - Coming Soon|
Hleb Samoyloff and the Matrixx (CIS, gothic rock), Underground Music Hall (Moskovski 13B), 20 May at 19.00
Looking to have a rocking night? Like your stars of the stage suitably eye-shadowed up and gothed out? Hleb is your man. He’s been around for a while – this latest incarnation came about after the demise of cult groups Agatha Christie and Naive back in January 2010. Hleb decided to put together his own combo with a few ex-members of each, and they’ve gone on to huge success.
|War of Kings in Music - Coming Soon|
King Arthur (musical opera) with Offertorium Ensemble, Collegium Kyiv, Vox Animae Choir, Master Klass Cultural Centre (Lavrska 16), 27 May at 16.00
In 1691, Henry Purcell created a music-drama that blends humour, slapstick and sensational effects. His King Arthur tells a story about a war of two kings who are so keen on both getting power as well as winning the love of a blind princess, they will stop at nothing for it.
|Spring Tunes All ‘Round - Coming Soon|
Kyiv Spring Music Festival, National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2), 18 – 22 May at 19.00
The National Philharmonic of Ukraine presents the Kyiv Spring International Music Festival, inviting some of the world’s best in classical music to perform. Setting the nimble fingers of Serhiy Slovachevsky and Pavlo Nersesyan (Russia), Loran Petitgirard (France) and Marcos Vinicius (Brazil) to work, musical masterpieces of Debussy, Bach, Kisin, Giuliani, List, Haydn, Paganini, List and others will be played throughout.
|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.