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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.


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Days of Czech Photography - Coming Soon
Exhibition of photography by Czech artists A-House Gallery (Striletska 7), From 30 November 
You can never have too much of a good thing, and that certainly applies to art here in the Ukrainian capital. Presenting Days of Czech Photography, this next exhibition is one you are sure to love, especially as it brings in works of numerous accomplished photographers under one roof. Well-known Czech fashion photographer Robert Vano is bringing his Platinum Collection, Jakub Skokan comes with his Lukas project, Martin Tuma proudly presents Landscape Aposteriori, while Milan Buresh and his Sevastopol exhibit is sure to entice. Take it in.


Two Well Loved Modern Ballets - Coming Soon
Quatro and Radio & Juliet (2 modern ballets in 1 act each), National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50), 6 December at 19.00
Soloist Denys Matviyenko, who also happens to be the newly appointed artistic director at the National Opera Theatre, is bringing some top choreographers to Kyiv. In this next performance, audiences will be treated to a fabulous evening of contemporary dance, thanks to the brilliant Eduard Klyug.


Dan the Man - Coming Soon
Dan Balan (Moldova, rock-pop) Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1), 8 December at 20.00
The Chica Bomb Dan Balan will be rocking it in Kyiv this winter with his second visit to the Ukrainian capital. As the former frontman for eurodance music trio O-Zone, he topped charts with his biggest hit so far, Dragostea Din Tei, and is looking to do the same with his latest single, Ne Lyubia. Not familiar with this Moldavian heartthrob?


Lose Yourself - Coming Soon
Eminem (US, rap) Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1), 26 February at 19.00
There have been rumours about whether Slim Shady will indeed be making an appearance in Kyiv or not. Unfortunately, we cannot quell them. What we can do is get you excited about the possibility. Marshal Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, first appeared on the scene back in the early 90s.


Fantastically Beautiful and Beautifully Fantastic - Coming Soon
Exhibition of photographs by Martin Stranka (Czech Republic), Brucie Collections (Artema 55b), From 17 December
Czech photographers seem to be flocking to Kyiv this year. Start off your Central European art education with the Days of Czech Photography exhibition later this month at A-House Gallery and then head to Brucie where beautiful and fantastic works await from Martin Stranka. Self-taught, hes worked with major New York publishers such as Harpers Collins Publishers. He defines his work as that moment in between dreams and consciousness so dont be surprised if you caught a glimpse of his works before.


Provocations and Observations (#43) - Just a Minute
Publishers Provocations
He who possesses less is that much less possessed. Friedrich Nietzsche.
Katya and I recently moved apartments. Her parents returned from Greece and reclaimed their apartment which wed been living in rent-free for the past year, and so we found a nice place to rent on Saksaganskoho and weve moved in over the past couple of weeks.


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#43) - Competitions
We dont get a lot of local shots, but when we do, they more often than not remind us what a stunning (and sometimes strange) country we live in. This is just the feeling conjured up by one of our entries this week, thanks to Tetiana Kotko. So captivated reading her Whats On was she, she hardly noticed the trip back in time to meet all of the General Secretaries of the Soviet UNI0N in Ukraines first capital, Kharkiv.


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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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