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7 (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 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.

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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 43 (2012)

43 (2012)/2012
23 November - 29 November
The Driving Force
Whats On wishes Winner Imports a very Happy 20th Birthday!


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The Man Who Leads The Winners Team - My Kyiv
Bohdan Kulchyckyj (or Dan) was born in the US to parents from Western Ukraine whod emigrated during the war. He grew up in Philadelphia, but was raised as a Ukrainian, speaking Ukrainian at home and going to Ukrainian school. He always longed to visit his homeland, and as soon as the Soviet UNI0N collapsed he was on his way over. Despite the fact hed graduated as a mechanical engineer, he came to import cars.


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Talent Comes toKyiv - This Week
Billy Talent (Canada, punk-rock), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 1), 25 November at 20.00 
This Canadian punk-rock quartet was formed in 1993. Now, 19 years later, theyre about to debut in Ukraine. Releasing their first two albums in Canada, both of which went multi-platinum, their fifth and most recent was launched this September, and has plunged the group on a UK tour, which somehow includes Ukraine!


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Hello to Yello! - This Week
Yellos Dieter Meier and Out of Chaos (Switzerland, electronic music), October Palace (Instytutska 1), 29 November at 19.00
You might not know him by name, but you definitely know the song he is most famous for Oh Yeah!, made famous thanks to Ferris Buellers Day Off. To give you a little background, Deiter Meier, as per his biography, is a Swiss millionaire industrialist, conceptual artist and notorious gambler, who teamed up with Boris Blank in 1979.


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Bring on the Noize - This Week
Noize MC (Russia, punk rap) Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1), 28 November at 19.00
Russian-born Ivan Alekseev is the front man of Noize MC, a punk rap outfit known for its flippant lyrics and clever rhymes. Alekseev honed his impressive freestyle skills in Moscow rap battles, defeating some 3,000 opponents in a national rap competition in 2006, and catching the eye of Universal Records, which represents the likes of Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Lil Wayne, to name a few.


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Night of Ethno Dances - This Week
Theodor Bastard (RU, ethno, trip-hop), Underground Music Hall (Moskovskiy Pr 13b), 23 November at 21.00
An unusual mixture of electric trip-hop and truly ethnic melodies helped this band make their mark in the music world. Theodor Bastard started out as an industrial outfit in 1999, but the bands sound gradually evolved into an eclectic mix of acid gospel, ethno, and trip-hop. Incorporating European goth and Oriental beats, the band won over critics with its 2004 album Pustota (Emptiness). Eight years later, theyre promoting their newest album with a jam-packed playlist full of diverse musical rhythms and influences.


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Arte Cubana - This Week
Exhibition of paintings by Cuban artists, J Greter Gallery (Hetmana 6), From 23 November
Cuban-native Dayami Morales is looking to liven up the gloomy Kyiv autumn with some art straight from sunny Cuba. Morales delved into her connections in the art scene back home to curate works by the most well-known Cuban artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including remarkable avant-garde Cuban artist Amelia Pelaez del Casal.


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Education and Fun at the Philharmonic - This Week
Subscription for Children featuring National Wind Orchestra of Ukraine, National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2), 25 November at 15.00
The National Philharmonic is a place where classical music comes to life. Here, children are an important part of the audience too, with a cycle of concerts designed especially for Kyivs youngest music lovers. United under one educational aim, the current theme is different genres of classical music, with the concert on 25 November dedicated to eminent Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko.


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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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