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Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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
Sleeping Beauty (UA, music performance), Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv (Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska 1), 25 January 2014 at 11.00, 14.00, 17.00, 6 January at 11.00, 14.00
The beginning of January ushers in a number of great New Year events, and this next one at the Fairmont is no different. Its a Christmas fancy dress ball featuring Sleeping Beauty, and it will take children as well as their parents into a world where fairytales really do come true.

Treasure Island (live puppet show and interactive play), Premier Palace (Shevchenko Blvd/Pushkinska 5-7/29), 7 January at 13.00
The one-legged Long John Silver with his charismatic parrot is coming back to the stage, with a hugely enhanced show featuring popular cartoon and movie characters from Ice Age and The Simpsons, plus Caribbean pirate Jack Sparrow, Scrooge McDuck and his nephews, and many more!

CirkAfrika featuring Cirque Phenix (FR, performance circus), Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1), 27 December 5 January at various times
José, a wacky pilot crash-lands in an unknown land he can only guess to be Africa. Faced with hostile enemies or so he thinks and animals of the Serengeti, José faces his fears and comes away with a much different understanding of the African continent than the one he originally had. Bringing animals from the savannah to life in the form of virtual 3D images and oversized life-like puppets, the show builds in excitement thanks to the antics of acrobats from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt and Australia.

Here at Whats On, Kyiv rocks our world. No other city, region or territory in Ukraine offers so much to see, do and enjoy year-round than the capital. Come August, however, when the city almost literally comes to a halt, if you want to get in on the action, you need to head south. With dozens of concerts, ballets and club events to keep you busy over these next weeks, Crimea takes over where Kyiv left off.

Sorochynsky Fair Festival (live music, literature), Velyki Sorochyntsi village, Poltava region, 2025 August
Theres a festival this August that includes a legend at its core: that legend being Nikolai Gogol and his infamous stories of colourful Ukrainian traditions set in Poltavas Sorochynsky Fair. This small village, ironically named Big Sorochyntsi Village, owes a lot to this Ukrainian-born Russian writer as the annual fest brings in thousands of people from around Ukraine and abroad.

Odyssey Absolute Fest (international, electronic), Odesa Peresyp City (Chornomorskoe Kazachestvo 92, Odesa), 2225 August at 12.00
The young but promising Odyssey Absolute Fest in Odesa a city that has always drawn Kyivites as the perfect summer destination is about to unleash DJs from all over Europe in anticipation of this four-day party on the beach.

Zakhid Festival (rock, pop-rock, literature), Rodatychi, Lviv region, 1618 August
Zakhid claims to be one of the most interesting of summer festivals just look at the musical line-up: VV, O.Torvald, Boombox, SunSay, Lyapis Trubetskoy, Rocky Leon, Noize MC, Krykhitka and many more besides, including well-known Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan! Promoting young Ukrainian bands with an open invitation to those across the border, this three-day weekend features more than 50 bands on three open-air stages.

Etnovyr International Folk Festival (national music, song, dance), Lviv, 2125 August
Every year in August, Lviv sparkles with a colourful multi-cultural ethno festival presenting the dances, music, cuisine and culture of countries all over the world. Dressed in their national costumes, festival participants will perform on the grand stage, while workshops in gastronomic fare will be held at various pavilions around the city centre.

Musical Summer Rays Festival (orchestral music), National Philharmonic (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2), 728 August at 19.00
The rest of the artistic community might be taking a break, but not Ukraines National Philharmonic. Featuring conductors from abroad to present a variety of musical pieces performed by different orchestras of Ukraine, the festival kicked off last week, and continues until the end of August. See the calendar below for a list of all performances.

Olimpiyskiy Stadium (V Vasylkivska 55), 12 August at 12.00
Kyivs Olimpiyskiy Stadium happens to be one of the oldest sports complexes in Ukraine its unveiling marked as 12 August 1923. Suffering World War II, the rule of the Soviets, and the upheaval of the 90s amid its history, it was granted a rebirth with last years UEFA Championships. Celebrating 90 years, the stadium opens its own museum this month, which features none other than the sports complex throughout these turbulent times.


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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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