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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 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.

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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
Meat Katie, Cinema Club (1 Entuziastiv Vul), 15 July at 22.00

Over the years the curiously named Meat Katie has worked with the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Asian Dub Foundation, Death in Vegas, and Ken Ishii & The DubPistols to name but a few, adding his calling card break beats for feisty and funky remixes which generally have the crowd going hard at it in a matter of seconds. Highly rated amongst those in the turntable know, the sound smith will receive a warm welcome from the young, clued-up clubbers of Cinema Club. For more information call 555-5854.

Screening of ‘Palindromes’ in English, Zhovten cinema (26 Kostyantynivska), 13-26 July

Thankfully, the clumsy art of dubbing foreign films into Russian and Ukrainian has been receiving criticism of late, resulting in a number of more artsy films being screened in their original language, accompanied by subtitles. Palindromes by American director Todd Solondz will be shown in such a way at Zhovten cinema in conjunction with Arthouse Traffic; the film tells the story of Aviva, a 13-year-old girl whose dream is to become a mother. The role of Aviva is played by no less than eight actors including a forty-something woman and, for added bohemian swank, a boy. Don’t ask; it’s an art movie! For times of screenings, call Zhovten on 205-5951.

EBA Boat Cruise 2006, Sailing to and from Velykyy Island, July 15 from 11.00 till 20.00

The EBA is once more making the most of both the glorious Ukrainian summer and the mighty Dnipro by staging its annual boat cruise. Dubbed the ‘EBA Champions Cup’ the programme for the day includes a leisurely jaunt to and from Velykyy Island near Kyiv, exciting sports and brain-based contests, disco and a lottery with numerous prizes.

Kazantip Summer Festival, Popovka village (30 km from Evpatoria), Crimea, 15 July – 28 August

Whistles and water pistols at the ready! Crimea’s very own Ibiza, Kazantip, kicks off this month and will run until the end of August, allowing Ukraine’s hardened clubbers to dance away the days and nights to sets by Ukraine’s finest DJs throughout the sizzling summer.
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Bikers Festivals: ‘Veseloe’, in Veseloe near Sudak, Crimea, 21-23 July; ‘Clean Planet’, Lazurnoe near Kherson, 28-29 July 

Leather clad bikers from Russia, Moldova, Poland, the Baltics, Germany, and of course Ukraine will rev up and roll out later this month for two biker events taking place in the south of the country. First up is ‘Veseloe’ near the historic town of Sudak, where bikers will get the chance to headbang to rock groups, admire one another’s tattoos and generally live the Easy Rider dream. Then it’s north for the ‘Clean Planet’ party which offers more of the same. For more details go to www.motoAG.org.ua and www.moto.kherson.ua.

‘Treasure Island’ song contest, Balaklava, Crimea, 18 August

There’s a distinct lack of the glitz and glamour associated with the well-oiled machine of commercial Ukrainian music at ‘Treasure Island’, a song contest where exciting young talents get back to basics. There are no costume changes and no backing tracks as, shock horror, contestants actually sing live in their everyday clothes. Poet, composer, singer, producer, and all round renaissance man Aleksandr Yaremenko is the shows host. For more information call: +38-067-508-22-30

Auto-Rally, Feodosiya, 12-13 August

Turbo-charged Volgas and battered battle-hardened buggies will plough through the historic Crimean landscape in a series of demolition derby-type races. Traditionally the Chelnoky Route on which these races take place is one of the most dangerous in the country, making it the perfect place for drivers to test their skill, and for spectators to catch a few bumps. For more information about autocross go to www.autosport.com.ua or call 298-7-3359.

‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada’, movie in English, Kyiv cinema (19 Chervonoarmiyska), 24 August – 6 September

Former man in black and Batman villain Tommy Lee Jones is back to his best in ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada’, a highly acclaimed movie which received gongs for Best Screenplay and Best Actor at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Melquiades Estrada is an illegal Mexican immigrant, who is shot and quickly buried in a West Texan desert.

Othello, Lesya Ukrainka Theatre, 24- 28 August at 19.00

One of the joys of the summer season is to be able to disengage the old brain from strenuous activity, focusing instead on more pressing questions such as how to avoid getting sand in your shoes, and where the best spot for sunbathing is? It can’t always be this way however, and after a while the grey matter misses some stimulation; and what better stimulation than Othello, Shakespeare’s timeless tale of ambition and jealousy? Tickets are 25-150hrv, for more information call: 235-4266.

‘Kolomyjka 2006’, XVI International Hutsul Festival, Kolomyja, 25-27 August

The Hutsuls are a picturesque mountain people of the Carpathians whose arts and traditions have garnered a considerable amount of attention over the last few years. ‘Kolmyika’ acts as a showcase for Hutsul culture, allowing city dwellers to explore the colourful world of Hutsul folk art, handicrafts, customs, folklore and music.  Indeed music plays an integral part of the gathering, as ‘Kolomyjka’ is itself a type of song. For more information go to www.if.gov.ua.


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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.

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