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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
Messiah oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra featuring Wes Janzen (CA, conductor), Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Central Baptist Church (Schekavitska 2/8), 13 January at 19.00
Messiah is quite possibly Handels most well-known and loved composition, most often performed during Christian Christmas and Easter. Implementing scriptural text from the King James Bible, the oratorio is performed this evening by the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus, conducted by Wes Janzen, who will take you on a journey through space and time into the Book of Psalms.

Veryovka National Academic Choir (UA, folk song, dance, music), Tolstoy restaurant-club (V Vasylkivska 19), 13 January at 20.00
Youll certainly have heard of Veryovka, one of the best folk groups in the country. Taking you on a Christmas trip, breathtaking Ukrainian folk songs, spectacular dancing and soul-inspiring music await this evening.

Trio of Basses featuring Serhiy Kovnir (UA, bass singer), Taras Shtonda (UA, bass singer), Serhiy Mahera (UA, bass singer), Symphony Orchestra (UA), National Opera House (Volodymyrska 50), 10 January at 19.00
The deep and resounding sound from classical arias known and loved for decades emitted by these three Ukrainian stars of the opera are sure to send shivers down your spine.

New Years Strauss Concert, Kyiv Operetta (V Vasylkivska 53/3), 2829 December at 19.00
Performing to sold-out audiences in past years, the Kyiv Operetta again comes alive with their traditional New Years Strauss Concert. With only the best works presented by family Strauss, including a bit of song and dance to boot, this event has become a great and grand holiday tradition. These great Austrian composers are stepping it up a notch at the Operetta wont you join them?

The Nutcracker (ballet in 2 acts), National Opera Theatre (Volodymyrska 50), 2831 December at different times
We all hope for miracles at Christmas, and every year the National Opera Theatre of Ukraine delivers, with one of the most festive ballets of the season The Nutcracker. With a series of shows set to help you ring in the New Year, sit down, relax and soak in the intricate costuming, the divine decorations and the charming music that is Tchaikovsky.

Jazz and Bach featuring Kostyantyn Vilensky (PL, piano), Volodymyr Sirenko (UA, conductor), Kyiv Soloists National Chamber Ensemble, National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2), 12 January at 19.00
Even Bach himself enjoyed a bit of improvisation now and then, so dont be surprised when he, or rather his arrangements, make an appearance in a funky new style. Tonight, it all comes back with Polands Kostyantyn Vilensky playing Bach-themed variations and other popular Christmas compositions.

Christmas in Baroque Style featuring Kyiv-Brass Chamber Ensemble, Nataliia Lavrenova (UA, mezzo-soprano), Tamara Roy (UA, flute), Iryna Kharechko (UA, organ), National House of Organ and Chamber Music (V Vasylkivska 77), 30 December at 19.30
Looking for a sophisticated event to get into a festive mood? Look no further! The National Organ Hall has got you covered. If you have never been to this gothic-style cathedral on Velyka Vasylkivska, then you have never heard classical music the way it was meant to sound. Between the acoustics, the impressive interior and this evenings programme, featuring music by the great and inimitable Bach, the mood in which you leave is sure to last at least until the new year!

Iolanta (opera in 1 act), Kyiv Conservatory (Horodetskoho 1-3/11), 28 December at 19.00
Inspired by Danish play King Renes Daughter by Henry Hertz, the opera was written quickly thereafter and was first debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg back in 1892. Since then, it has been successfully staged in Russia and abroad, most notably thanks to music critics who often note the lyrical beauty and charm of the heroine.

Kraina Mriy Christmas folk festival and performance featuring Oleh Skrypka (UA, musician, singer), Mamaeva Sloboda (Dontsa 2), 5, 7 January at 15.00
The sixth winter Kraina Mriy (Land of Dreams), founded by hardcore Ukrainian patriot musician and VV frontman Oleh Skrypka, takes place at the Mamaeva Sloboda Cossack village just in time for Ukrainian Christmas.

Winter Fairyland in Ancient Kyiv, Kyivska Rus Park (Kopachiv Village, Obukhov district 34km from Kyiv), 21 December 19 January from 10.00
Kyivska Rus Park is making space for the seasons biggest and most popular visitor Did Moroz! The Ukrainian Santa will be making an appearance as early as 21 December at this old world Ukrainian park, where kids big and small can come and tell the jolly fellow what they would like to find under the tree.


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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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