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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 9|
16 March - 22 March
Glamour Galore as Kyiv Fashion Week Celebrates 20th Anniversary
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|Celebrity Heaven at the 20th Anniversary Fashion Week - Cover Story|
Kyiv’s twice yearly fashion week gatherings have long been one of the focal points of the annual social calendar, gathering the cream of local high society and offering a glimpse of local creative talents. The shows have improved dramatically over the years thanks to regular venue changes and the steady improvement of local design creativity, and this year’s spring shows look set to be the most professionally accomplished yet. A few years ago the Ukrainian Fashion Season shows were something of a byword for small-town Kyiv, with its clichy crowd and predictable players, but the number of designers now participating as much as the quality of their work testifies to the increasingly comsopolitan feel of the Ukrainian capital and the self-confidence of the Ukrainian fashion scene.
|Amazing Acrobatic Ballet - This month|
Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘Swan Lake’ has been interpreted in numerous ways throughout the years, but never like this! Combining classic dance and circus acrobatics, Shanghai Ballet has created a spectacular show that will astound Kyivites with its fresh new approach to this ancient tale.
|Largest Ever Collection Of Works By Russian - Kyiv Art|
The cultural event of the season got under way last week in the Museum of Russian Art: the largest ever exhibition of the works of the world-famous Russian artist, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. The massive queues running round the block from Tereshenkivska vul are testament to the popularity of the 19th Century artist who is most famous for his seascapes although he himself never took to the sea.
|Sensual Oscar Wilde Masterpiece - Coming Soon|
Play ‘Salome’, Zhovtnevy Palace (1 Instytutska St.), 28 March at 19.00
The play by Oscar Wilde is to be staged in Kyiv at the end of the month by celebrated Lviv director Roman Viktyuk. Salome tells the story of the princess’s insane attraction for John the Baptist who then demands his head on a platter when she finds her attraction is unreciprocated, performing the dance of the seven veils to get her wish. It is widely considered that Wilde wrote the play as a metaphor for his homosexual relationship which led to him being imprisoned. The dramatic tale and stunning ballet should make this version truly memorable. “The Ancient Greeks erected monuments not to the objects of love, but to those who were in love. With this play we intend to erect a monument to Oscar Wilde, a man who loved to his very last breath,’ says the director. Tickets are 30-350 UAH. For booking call 501-25-20.
|More Great Ukrainian Rock - Coming Soon|
‘Other Music Fest’, Bingo (112 Prospekt Peremogy), 24-25 March
Rock music is certainly proving popular in Kyiv if the number of concerts and festivals being organised is anything to go by. The ‘Other Music Fest’ taking place over the weekend 24-25 March is another in a long line of such festivals and should prove to be a good one as popular Ukrainian Rock bands Quadragessima, Anna, Armada, Merva, TOL, Abzdolts and Faktychno Sami are among those to take to the stage to deafen the audience with raging guitars and powerful vocals. For more information call 424-2555.
|Visual Laboratory Continues - Coming Soon|
Film ‘Some Like It Hot’, Les Kurbas Theatre (23-v Volodymyrska), 29 March at 18.30
This American classic from 1959 starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis will be on screen at Les Kurbas theatre at the end of the month, and as it is being shown by the Visual Laboratory group, this is not only your chance to see the much-loved comedy, but also to have a long chat about it afterwards with other movie addicts. ‘Some Like it Hot’ tells the story of two struggling musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) who, on the run from the Chicago Mob, decide to disguise themselves as women so they can become part of an all female band who are about to set off on a cruise ship with riotous consequences. And things become more complicated when Curtis falls in love with the voluptuous singer in the band, played by Marilyn Monroe. For more information call 279-1477.
|Russian Male Choir Perform - Coming Soon|
Tureckiy choir in concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiiska St.), 20-22 April at 19.00
“We don’t differentiate between variety and the classics. We combine the two to create one classical variety show,’ say the members of the outstanding Russian male choir of Mihail Tureckiy who have impressed the Kremlin and the world. Always honest and sincere with the audience, the singers create a warm friendly atmosphere while the real thrill comes from their wonderful vocal performance. Tickets are 90-850 UAH. For booking call 287-87-87.
|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.