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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
Sick Puppies (AU, rock), Sentrum (S Rustaveli 16a), 4 April at 19.00
For over 15 years, Sick Puppies have been playing their grungy rock to audiences around the world. Bringing their fourth and most recent album Connect (2014), the LP has already done well on the charts, taking 17th place on Billboard.com immediately after release. And video All the Same (2006) hasnt garnered 70 million viewers on YouTube for nothing.

Elijah by Mendelssohn (oratorio) featuring Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Central Baptist Church (Shchekavitska 2/8), 3 March at 19.00
Composed by German Mendelssohn in 1848 for the Birmingham Festival, oratorio Elijah focuses on the life of the prophet and wonder-worker of northern Israel in the 9th century BC. Bearing the spirit of the great Baroque masters Bach and Handel, whose music Mendelssohn loved, this oratorio encorporates a lyrycism all its own. Come and enjoy a sophisticated evening featuring Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and leading soloists of Ukraines Opera House.

HeavensGate Aluminium Tour 2014 featuring Woody van Eyden (NL, trance), Forsage (Harmatna 51a), 7 March at 22.00
In 2004, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and Woody van Eyden launched German radio show HeavensGate, reaching more than 1.5 million listeners scattered around the globe. Having metamorphosed also into a series of wild and crazy parties, the brand celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, with Eyden bringing the festivities to Kyiv.

Motobike 2014, International Exhibition Centre (Brovarska 15), 1417 March at various times
The Motobike International Exhibition of Motorcycles takes the spotlight this month, bringing together leading manufacturers and distributors of motorcycle brands, with a wide range of motorcycles, scooters, as well as tons of equipment on display.

Next Session 3 featuring Groupshow (DE, electro), Art Centre Closer (Nyzhneyurkivska 31), 28 February at 22.00
Groupshow is a trio of musicians and producers from Berlin who keep their audiences intrigued with smart mixtures of samples thanks to Jan Jelinek. Add to that percussion and drums care of Andrew Pekler, while Hanno Leichtmann adds to the groove with his console steel guitar and synthesiser.

Peter Gabriel (UK, pop), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 10 May at 19.00
What do you say about a man who has clearly done far more in his 63 years than a large portion of the population? Talented musician, singer, songwriter, and activist Peter Gabriel comes to town this spring with his most recent release New Blood (2011).

Carmina Burana (scenic cantata) featuring Oleksiy Baklan (UA, conductor and director), Kyiv Theatre of Opera & Ballet for Children & Youth (Mezhyhirska 2), 14 March at 19.00
Composed by German Carl Orff in 1936, this cantata is based on 24 poems taken from the medieval collection Carmina Burana Latin for Songs from Beuern, a manuscript of more than 200 poems and texts dating from the 11th13th centuries.

Project Rock (international, rock), Bingo Club (Pr Peremohy 112), 19 April at 19.00
The all-in-one Project Rock will debut in Ukraine this spring featuring some of the worlds most renowned rockers of the past few decades. Check this out: the legendary Tim Owens of Judas Priest (who solo gigged here in Kyiv recently), James Kottak of Scorpions, Keri Kelli who worked with both Alice Cooper and Slashs Snakepit, Ozzy Osbournes bassist Rudy Sarzo, along with Teddy Zig-Zag Andreadis of Guns n Roses will rock out to hits by the bands they used to jam with.

Forest Song (puppet-show for adults), Kyiv Puppet Theatre (Hrushevskoho 1a), 28 February at 19.00
Puppets, at least here in Kyiv, have been charged with entertaining the mature masses this month, with a performance of The Forest Song. Based on one of the most beloved works of Ukrainian classical literature, Lesia Ukrainkas homonymic drama, the plot is simple yet far from being commonplace.

Ezhi and Petruccio (RU, narrative, electro), Atmosfera 360 (Velyka Vasylkivska 57/3), 21 February at 21.00
A rather artsy evening is planned in Atmosfera 360 this month, care of Russian storyteller and animator Andrey Andriyanov. Pitting Ezhi and Petruccio, created in 1997, against each other, these two cartoon characters often find themselves deep in philosophical discourse.


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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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