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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

School of Magicians. Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Magic Lamp, Kyiv Municipal Theatre for Children and Youth (2 Mezhyhirska), 7-9 January
The weird and wonderful world of Harry Potter will come to town over the festive period when the Kyiv Municipal Theatre stages a musical, fairy tale fantasy. Kids and the young at heart will come face to face with funny ghosts and dancing skeletons as well as witnessing disap− pearances, magic tricks and plenty of puzzles. Theres even the chance to have your photo taken and win a prize. 7 January will see perfor− mances take place 13.30 and 16.00, 8 January at 16.00, and 9 January at 11.00, 13.30, and 16.00. Call 425−3116 for details.


DJ festival, International Exhibition Centre (15 Brovarsky Prospekt), 31 December at 22.00
Calling all party people! Break out the glit− ter, polish up the sun glasses and dance with the beautiful people for twelve straight hours this New Years Eve. This Renaissance proj− ect stars top international turntable talent in the form of Londons James Lavell and King Unique, both of whom will receive stirling sup− port from Danny Boy, Royal DJs, Alfred, Zlata, DJ Artur, and DJ Young. Tickets 200hrv, call 201−1148 for details.


Festival  Fun and Frolics in Southern Sun
International festival Olvia 2006, Dnipro-Bug Shoreline (Nikolaev oblast, Ochakov region, Parutino village), 12-13 August

From gala regattas to visits to archaeological digs, the second Olvia festival has something for everybody. The two day bash takes place within the confines of a stunning nature reserve where the mighty Dnipro meets the Bug, and besides the above activities also offers, sports, theatrical performances, comedy, music, and of course, the obligatory beauty contest dubbed Olvia Aphrodite. For more information call the organizers on 8067-733-6824.

Auction  Bid for Luxury Confiscated Plunder
Auction of confiscated jewellery, Ukrainian Interbank Currency Exchange (1 Mezhygirska), 15 August (time on www.minfin.gov.ua)

The ever watchful employers of the SBU, Ukrainian Custom House, and Ministry of Interior have certainly been busy of late, and this month an estimated seven million hryvnias worth of confiscated booty will go under the hammer thanks to the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance.

Leisure  Get Your Rented Roller Skates On!
Roller skate rental, summer stall (13 Khreschayk), till the end of a summer

Theres a whole lot of skatin going on down in Khreschatyk, where the pastime has been added to more traditional downtown Kyiv weekend pursuits such as slurping ice-cream, watching demonic mechanical dogs, weighing yourself, cheering on some of the worlds worst breakdances and watching girls, watching girls, watching girls go by.

Arts  Kyiv Culture Goes Country
Contemporary Arts Festival in Shargorod (Vinnitska region), 19-20 August, across town

The sleepy town of Shargorod will be shaken to its picturesque rafters when cultured types and Eurotrash invade for a contemporary arts festival organised  by L-Art gallery and EIDOS cultural foundation.

Holiday  Flying the Black Flag
Independence Day with Makhno, Underground Literary and Music Festival, Tent City at GulyaiêPole (Zaporozhska oblast), 23-24 August

To todays thinking and patriotic Ukrainians, Makhnos anarchist principles are celebrated as an expression of the countrys freedom loving democratic zeitgeist, a modern manifestation of the Cossack spirit and as such this underground literary and music festival is more a celebration of Ukraine, and Orange Ukraine in particular, than a socialist call to arms for rural revolution.

Arts  Fantastic Impressions of Far Away
Countries. Roads. Impressions, graphics by Yuriy Rubashov,  Art Blues gallery (38 Andryivsky Uzviz), till 21 August

Graphic artist Yuriy Rubashov is one local who has plenty of visas in his passport, travelling through Jordan, Sweden, Great Britain, the USA, and France to name but a few.

Holiday  Traditional Church Feast Days
Medovy Spas (Honey Spas), exhibition-fair, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and churches across town, 16-20 August, Apple Spas 29 August, and Nut Spas 29 August

The traditional Orthodox holiday of Medovy Spas is celebrated every 14 August and this year Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra will mark the date with a large Spas fair from 16-20 August.

Sport  Cross Country Car Racing
Rally racing, Bukovyna (Chernivtsi and Chernivtsi oblast), 24-26 August

Those feeling the need for the speed, the smell of petrol, and the sight of some picturesque country pastures getting churned up by rubber are in for a treat with the Bukovyna Rally, where supped-up motors will hurl around a circuit of 426.49km.


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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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