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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 34 (2013)

34 (2013)/2013
20 September - 26 September
All the Things They Said Running Through Our Heads!
We catch up with the girls of t.A.T.u. ahead of their Kyiv gig

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Surrealism Surrounds Kids Theatre - This Week
The Animals and Children Took to the Streets featuring 1927 London Theatre Company (UK, musical in English with Ukrainian subtitles), Molody Theatre (Prorizna 17), 2627 September at 19.00
A fabulous theatrical work is being presented in Kyiv this month especially for kids thanks to the 1927 London Theatre Company. Its called The Animals and Children Took to the Streets and its got it all live music, animation and a surrealistic storyline.


Classics With A Twist - This Week
An Evening of Neoclassical Music featuring Ludivico Einaudi (IT, piano), 22 September at 19.00, National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50)
The classics have magical powers in that they capture our attention with every changing era. With each new generation, something new is added to something that is now old. Enter Ludovico Einaudi. He is a shining example of what the classics could look like with a new coat of paint, throwing himself into musical tradition, incorporating a modern dynamic.


Georgian Legends - This Week
Erisioni Ensemble (GE, national song and dance), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 25 September at 19.00
To get to know true Georgian culture, one has to hear their songs and see their dances, which is where the legendary Erisioni ensemble comes in. Reaching back as far as 1885, the group became a professional state ensemble at the turn of the century and has been collecting, reviving, and promoting the unique folk culture of Georgia ever since.


Wonder of Wonders - This Week
Caravan of Wonders new programme, National Circus of Ukraine (Peremohy 2), 20 September 21 December, various times
This season, the National Circus of Ukraine is presenting a brand new programme to entertain your little ones. With funnier bloopers, fascinating stunts, and a whole range of animals to fall in love with, you cant help but have a fantastic time yourself.


Day of Lviv in Kyiv - This Week
Festival of Lviv culture, Mystetskiy Arsenal (I Mazepy 28-30), 1922 September
To capture the essence of whats known as Ukraines cultural capital Lviv the best of the city will be showcased in Kyivs Mystetskiy Arsenal. Lvivs landmark city hall Ratusha, the citys Italian block and other highlights will be recreated.


Bobs Band - This Week
The Wailers (JM, reggae), Green Theatre (Parkova Doroha 2), 24 September at 20.00
Even if you are not a fan of Bob Marley, this is shaping up to be a pretty big event. The band which backed the famed rastaman is headed to Kyiv this week, and playing hits that put reggae on the map, youre sure to be a convert. Formed back in 1963, The Wailers still know how to Stir it Up and are sure to play some of the groups best loved songs Buffalo Soldier, Three Little Birds, No Woman No Cry and more. Make sure you get a ticket and get in on the Jamming.


Brits to the Rescue - This Week
Brit Floyd (UK, classic rock), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 24 September at 19.00
With tickets bought and anticipation set on high, Pink Floyd fans were chomping at the bit for The Australian Pink Floyd Show scheduled for this past spring. Cancelled at the last minute, hundreds of fans were left feeling cheated. But fear not dear Kyivites Brit Floyd is here to save the day!


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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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