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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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This month
Exhibition of unique icons from the Andrey Rublev Museum collection, Sofia Kyivska National Preserve, Metropolitan House (Volodymyrska 24), 23 December 1 March at 10.00 18.00 (Monday Sunday), 10.00-17.00 (Wednesday)
Continuing on with the icons... A bit of spiritual nourishment could not have arrived in better time! Kyiv audiences will have the unique opportunity to peek at 30 unique icons from the 15th17th centuries, including works Saint Holy Mother Odigitria of Smolensk and The Great Martyr George With Scenes of His Life.

Exhibition of modern icons by Sky on the Earth (UA, icon-painting), Ivan Honchar Museum (Ivana Mazepy 24), 19 December 20 January at 10.00 17.30
If you think there is nothing new in icons but the same ancient patterns created under strict church canons, you are wrong. Icons should be relevant and easy-to understand for those living today, say Mykholayiv-based Sky on the Earth group of artists, who are exhibiting 40 works made in various traditions and techniques of both Ukrainian and European icon-painting schools.
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New Year-Christmas Kyiv Market, National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50), 20 December 20 January
Kyiv always gets dressed up for the holidays, and together with garlands, Christmas markets, and even festive advertisements found on every street, the most fabulous holiday season of the year awaits. In fact, it has already come to various corners of Kyiv, including Volodymyrska and Khmelnytskoho.

Outdoor Ice Skating, Darynok (Belomorskaya 1), 14 December 28 February (open 11.0020.00 weekdays, 11.0021.00 weekends)
The Darynok shopping mall over on the left bank loves the holidays just as much as anyone else, and as such have prepared a surprise for all residents of Kyiv an outdoor skating rink! Come and strap on a pair of skates and remember what its like to be a kid again! FYI: the rink will not be in operation on 1 and 7 January.

Alco-Darts Party (techno, house), Indigo Project (Kudryashova 3), 1 January at 20.00
Should you survive the scandals of New Years Eve, why not tag along to club Indigo Ambitious Projects, which is hosting a pretty stellar hangover bash. Getting the party started all over again, take part in their Alco-Darts competition, where if you hit the bulls eye or, at the very least, your dart hits one of the targets provided, you win a free cocktail!

Trance Illumination: X-Mas Edition featuring DJ Anna Lee (UA, trance), Saxon (Trutenko 4), 10 January at 22.00
Local DJs, our gurus of groove, are gathering on 10 January to continue celebrating the New Year. It may look like just an ordinary Tuesday, but with queen of Ukrainian trance and creator of oh-so-popular Open Space parties Anna Lee headlining, youre going to want to get your fake cough going so that you can call in sick come Wednesday morning.

Armin Van Buuren (NL, electro), International Expo Centre (Brovarskiy Pr 15), 28 December at 21.00
On 17 October, world famous wizard at the turntable DJ Armin Van Buuren announced the dates of his next world tour Armin Only: Intense, of which Kyiv is most certainly a part. Intense embraces more genres than any of my other albums, says the DJ of his fifth studio album, crossing over from progressive and trance to classic, even rock.

Shopping Hour (UA/RS, ethno lounge), Kult Ra (Volodymyrska 4), 28 December at 19.30
Just in time for New Year, Ukrainian/Serbian band Shopping Hour will be throwing a little holiday cheer your way with an intimate little get-together in Kyivs cosy ethno-hut, Kult Ra. The creation of this little collection of musicians is thanks to Tanya Sha, who was struck by inspiration while standing in line in a shopping mall one day in 2006.

X-Factor Stars (UA, pop), Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119), 12 January at 19.00
The best participants of the fourth season of Ukrainian X-Factor are getting together in the new year to sing their best hits. A participant of last years show, Eugene Litvinkov comes to share his experience with X-Factor newbies Maria Katseva, Darya Kovtun, Mykhailo Mostoviy, Serhiy Hladyr, Oleksandr Poryadynskiy, Danylo Ruvinskiy, Trioda and Two Voices. Expect a good showing of local talent.

Antytila (UA, pop-rock), Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25), 12 January at 21.00
With their third album Nad Polyusamy (Over the Poles) released and presented at the end of November, Ukrainian pop-rock band Antytila returns to Docker in the new year with a new gig. In 2007, Antytila made their television debut with song Ya ne Zabudu Pershu Nich (I Wont Forget the First Night), as participants on the Chance reality talent show.


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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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