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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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Kyiv Kino
Autumn in Kyiv is marked with a variety of film festivals, offering you a tasty and intellectual selection of newly-screened movies. For the fourth year in a row, the Bulgarian Filmfest is part of that collection, presenting documentaries and feature films in their original language with Ukrainian and English subtitles. Hosted at the Zhovten, this movie theatre is also no stranger to these events so get your feet pointed in the direction of Podil and enjoy the upcoming autumn evenings with some of the newest and best in Bulgarian films.

Surfers (dramedy, France, 15)
Awards: Prix du Jury Courts Dans la Forêt (Rambouillet, France), Prix Mediterraneo Shortini Film Festival (Augusta, Italie), Grand Prix du Jury Ciné Regatta (Les Sables dOlonne, France), Prix du Meilleur Film, Prix du Meilleur Scénario et Prix dInterprétation Masculine, Disturb Awards 2012 (Paris). 
Synopsis: Two surfers on the coast of an inviting but dangerous ocean.

The cinematic industry is rolling out flicks at the speed of the countrys new Hyundai trains, making your entertainment options here in the city just as comfortable, convenient and entertaining. New Visions Best Summer Shorts hit theatres at the end of next week, while You Instead, a 2011 British romantic comedy starring Luke Treadaway, and shown in its original language, starts today! Kyiv Kino is back baby, and better than ever.

A programme of Scandinavian short films
22 24 June
Kinopanorama Movie Theatre (Shota Rustveli 19)
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Following the tradition of European Film Festivals, which have been held over a number of years all over the country, embassies of European countries and cultural centres are ready to present a collection of shorts recently released across europe. join the European UNI0N National Institutes for Culture under the Friendship Arch between 11 June and 13 June and join in the fun!

16 20 May
Kyiv Kino Theatre (V Vasylkivska 19)
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Tirza (2010, drama)
Director: Rudolf vab den Berg
Starring: Abby Hoes, Sylvia Hoeks, Johana ter Steege
Jörgen Hofmeester is desperately looking for his missing daughter Tirza, and heads towards a brutal confrontation with the man who has been the undoing of his favourite child.
19 April, 20.00
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Panorama of French Films 
Kyiv Kino Theatre (V Vasylkivska 19)
5 10 April, 234-7381

Impardonnables (Unforgivable, 2011, drama)
Directed by: André Techine 
Starring: André Dussollier, Carole Bouquet
A middle-aged writer is looking for a quiet retreat; a slightly younger female estate agent gives him details of a house a short distance from Venice. He says hell take it providing she will go and live there with him. She agrees. 
5 April at 19.00
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Ireland, 2011, crime/drama
Director: Mark OConnor
Starring: Peter Coonan, Dan Hyland, Stephen Jones, Damien Dempsey 
Awards: Dublin International Film Festival (2011)
The film follows three small-time criminals as they pinball their way about Dublin on a boozy Saint Patricks Day. Liam is plotting an escape from minor villainy.

Ireland, 2010, drama/comedy
Director: Paul Fraser
Starring: Timmy Creed, Paul Courtney, Kate Ashfield
Awards: Tribeca Film Festival (2010), Rome International Film Festival (2010), Irish Film and Television Awards (2011) Best Editing, Edinburgh International Film Festival (2011)


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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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