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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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Ukraines Loudest Lady - This Week
Jamala (UA, pop, jazz), Green Theatre (Parkova Doroha 2), 20 September at 19.00
Jamalas is an interesting mix of jazz, soul and RnB, creating her own special brand of music and melody. Winning grand prize at the 2009 Nova Volna festival in Jurmala, she was picked over for Mika Newton in the final stages of Eurovision two years later. That small set back hasnt slowed her down however her two albums For Every Heart and All or Nothing have done very well in the charts, songs from both of which will be heard tonight.


Just a Hack - This Week
The Hacker (FR, techno), Saxon (Trutenko 4), 20 September at 22.00
Michel Amato aka The Hacker is more than just a DJ who plays decent techno music. Influenced by Kraftwerk, The Cure and Depeche Mode, Amato has been producing original electro clash and techno tracks since the early 90s, and has since produced five albums as well as garnered attention and acclaim from his critics. DJs Spieler, Sukhar, Horsy and Yug will be joining him tonight, so why dont you?


Lady DJ Does Downstep - This Week
Emika (UK, downstep, dubstep), Angar (Dehtyarivksa 5), 24 September at 20.00
Ema Jolly is a woman of the world currently calling the UK home, the Czech native grew up in Germany but now spends most of her time on the open European road. Working under the title Emika, she comes to Kyiv at the end of the month with her newest album Dva a downtempo dubstep compilation of her best works so far. With hints of minimal techno and trip hop added in for good measure, nightlifers the world over have a soft spot for her.


Get into Touch - This Week
TouchFest, Renome Buisness Centre (Dmytrova 5), 2122 September
Wake up your mind, wake up your body and get in touch. Over the course of these next couple of days, experts in the field of psychology, business, sport, the arts and more will be here in Kyiv to put you in touch with the powers that be. Theres a Reiki master from Canada, a business trainer from Istanbul, an attorney from Germany, a psychologist from Ukraine, plus nearly 50 more coaches to help you start living consciously.


Ukraines Opera Legend - Ukrainian Culture
She was variously labelled Wagners Prima Donna, the most beautiful and most charming Butterfly, a grand Salome and was one of the most outstanding opera singers of the 20th century. She was Solomiya Krushelnytska, a Ukrainian opera star who left audiences the world over spellbound by the beauty of her voice.


t.A.T.u. Trailblazers - Cover Story
Madonna smooching Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the August 2003 MTV Video Music Awards caused millions of jaws to drop worldwide. Whats been forgotten in the decade since (as well as the fact Aguilera was in the mix) is that the path for the girl-on-material-girl-on-dirty-girl action had been cleared months earlier by two Russian girls kissing in the rain in school uniforms. Whats On meets with t.A.T.u. to talk about that kiss, the 10 years since, and mounting a comeback.


Being Babkin - Kyiv Celebrities
It has been said creative people are paradoxical, both humble and proud, both extroverted and introverted, both rebellious and conservative. The epitome of this is Serhiy Babkin, a Ukrainian singer, composer and actor who doesnt chase fame but finds it comes nipping at his heels because the music he makes is too good to be forgotten.


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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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