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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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Coming Soon
Potap and Nastya (UA, pop), Freedom Concert Hall (Frunze 134), 8 March at 20.00
Coupling up in 2007 to play enjoyably light-hearted pop, Potap and Nastya Kamenskikh have been pretty successful at this show biz gig, counting Ukrainian and Russian awards such as Grand Prix Five Stars, Song of the Year, Golden Gramophone, Muz TV, and more among their trophies.

RedBull Music Academy (international, electro clash, deep house), Boom Boom Room (Shevchenko 33), 89 March at 22.00
RedBull Music Academy is debuting what sounds like it could become a popular series of parties in Ukraine this spring. Bringing interesting acts to the four dancefloors of Boom Boom Room, the line-up includes electro clash DJ Miss Kittin, German crowd Booka Shade, DJs Sebastian Doering and Daniel Bortz, Russian new romantics SCSI-9, Swedish Axel Boman and British ladies Blond:ish! Dont miss it.

Mystetskiy Arsenal (Lavrska 12), 1419 March
The biggest event in the world of Ukrainian fashion is about to unfold in its first of two annual appearances. Showcasing the biggest and best names in design from around the country, Ukrainian Fashion Week will take you on a tour of trends for the Autumn-Winter 20142015 season.

Steve Vai Full Band Live (US, rock), Sentrum (Shota Rustaveli 16a), 25 April at 19.00
Guitar guru and three-time Grammy Award winner Steve Vai is returning to Kyiv this spring, this time with a few buddies from his band who will be presenting album Story of Light (2012). Nicknamed little Italian virtuoso by Frank Zappa when the two toured together in the early 80s, he was doing guitar for dummies master classes for the masses.

Tango of Life (choreography/plastic performance in 1 act), Kyiv Operetta (V Vasylkivska 53/3), 10 April at 19.00
Dont believe that your true love is out there amidst the buzz and chaos of metropolitan cities? Well, come and enjoy this romantic story told through plastic movement and graceful gestures, expressing the subtlest of human feelings. The plot unravels against a broad backdrop of musical compositions from techno to classical, while keeping the focus on the emotionally charged tango.
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Soviet Plastic Toys in 19601980 (UA, exhibition of artefacts), Kyiv History Museum (Khmelnytskoho 7), 129 April at various times
This unique project a combined effort of the Kyiv History Museum, Ya Gallery and the Toy State Museum focuses on the history of Ukrainian childhood in the 60  80s of the last century, and reveals cultural aspects as well as production secrets of Soviet plastic and rubber toys. The exhibits include homemade toys, childrens books, porcelain statuettes, rare foreign-made toys and artefacts bearing the spirit of the epoch. The flavour is enhanced with a collection of animated cartoons; a special documentary film directed by Maksym Vokhin and childhood photos of Ukrainian celebrities.

Park Live Festival (international, rock), Exhibition Centre (A Hlushkova 1), 2729 June at 19.00
Park Live Festival began last year in Moscow as an annual summertime party in the park, not to be missed. It looks as though Kyiv wanted in on the action also, as this same great event is headed our way in June. With preliminary headliners already announced British Enter Shikari.

The Swan Princess (UA, musical fairytale), Molody Theatre (Prorizna 17), 9 March at 12.00
Odette, the main character of the story, is a big dreamer. Yet when her dreams start coming true, she is left face-to-face with many serious problems. Odette has to embark on dangerous adventures to reach the land of love a place that has always been in her heart, even if sometimes abandoned.

Art-house, tragicomedy, production of Andriy Kritenko (UA/GE, director), featuring KROT (Kyiv Revolutionary F*** Cool Theatre), Kinopanorama (Shota Rustaveli 19), 5 April at 19.00
What awaits man at deaths door? Especially, if that man is no ordinary mortal, but a superstar, extremely rich and popular? Who comes to him when he is pronounced clinically dead? Does he see corridors filled with light or just banal soup cans? Andy Warhol, the most mysterious man of the 20th century, never spoke about what he saw within that half an hour after he had been shot (almost) dead. He let his art, inspired by that moment, speak for him.

Pack Your JNight of French Film, KinoPanorama (Shota Rustaveli 19), 14 March at 22.00
It really is a night of films with 2011 French romantic comedy-drama Delicacy starting off the evening at 22.00, followed by 2012 psychological slasher Maniac, starring Elijah Wood, at 00.20. Showcased at 02.00 is The Last Days, a fantasy thriller released just last year which will keep you on the edge of your seat, while comedy Viva la France (2013) will tickle your funny bone and rounds out the evening starting at 04.00.


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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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