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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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.


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.


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.


This Week
Exhibition of paintings by Renat Ramazanov (UA, artist) and Oleksandra Syrbu (UA, artist), Greter Art Centre Address (Bilshovyk Mall, Hetmana 6), 27 February – 14 April at 11.00–21.00 (every day)
With just two days before spring officially arrives, Greter Art Center launches a new project which aims to put one and all in a great mood. Featuring highly-acclaimed Crimean artists Renat Ramazanov and Alexandra Syrbu, the two have portrayed many a famous Ukrainian, and are often tagged as “Crimean artists of a new generation”. As “people whose eyes can see only happiness”, you’re going to want to see these next works crafted in oriental fairytale fashion.

Zerbino’s Seven Desires (musical fairytale in 2 acts), Molody Theatre (Prorizna 17), 2 March at 12.00
This story begins on a dark night, when stars fall from the sky and good fairies meet Zerbino, a poor yet honest woodchopper, to fulfill his seven wishes. Then magic happens – the young and beautiful princess Alleli falls in love with Zerbino, so much so that she leaves her father the King and everything in the royal palace to hit the road together with her beloved.

Mireille Mathieu (FR, chanson, pop), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 6 March at 19.00
Undying fame and eternal ardour goes to not one but two French female singers, whose names are written in gold in the French cultural history books: Edith Piaf and Mireille Mathieu. Both strong in spirit, voice and passion for life and for music, Mathieu made her debut in 1962, while just a year later Piaf – the musical idol of an entire generation – died.
Now, they meet again on stage as Mathieu, along with her best-loved repertoire, sings some of the legendary songs of The Little Sparrow.

Gilgamesh – oratorio featuring Pochayna folk choir (UA) and Kyiv Kamerata national ensemble of soloists (UA), National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2), 3 March at 19.00
Composed by Czech Bohuslav Martinu in 1955, oratorio Gilgamesh for soloists, choir and orchestra will be performed for the first time ever here in Ukraine at the National Philharmonic.

Vyacheslav Gordeev and Russian Ballet Moscow State Theatre (RU), National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50), 5 March at 19.00
World star, brilliant dancer, choreographer, teacher, Vyacheslav Gordeev has been heading Moscow’s Russian Ballet for nearly 20 years, where he has staged more than 30 productions ranging from classical ballet excerpts to modern variations. Now, for the first time ever, Ukraine’s National Opera House will host his Gala Ballet, featuring brilliant performances directed by the highly acclaimed maestro. Treat yourselves to an evening with excerpts from The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Little Humpbacked Horse, The Lady and The Hooligan, and more.

Schiller (DE, trance, ambient), Freedom Concert Hall (Frunze 134), 2 March at 19.00
German DJ Christopher von Deylen, known better by his stage name Schiller, was once a DJ duo, turned solo in 2007. With his seventh and most recent release Sonne appearing on shelves just last year, this ambient music man shows no signs of stopping. Check him out this weekend: you’ll be treated to some killer sets at Freedom.

ZBSFest (international, dance), Sentrum (S Rustaveli 16a), 1 March at 23.00
The second ZBSFest is being held on the first day of spring in the newly-opened Sentrum. Seven DJs in total bring their hits to the dancefloor, including British star of bass Zomboy, American trap DJ ETC!ETC and top dog of New Zealand’s drum’n’bass State of Mind. Stay tuned for a complete list of more star DJs coming soon.

Next Session 3 featuring Groupshow (DE, electro), Art Centre Closer (Nyzhneyurkivska 31), 28 February at 22.00
Groupshow is a trio of musicians and producers from Berlin who keep their audiences intrigued with smart mixtures of samples – thanks to Jan Jelinek. Add to that percussion and drums care of Andrew Pekler, while Hanno Leichtmann adds to the groove with his console steel guitar and synthesiser.

The Most Expensive Commercials of 2014, KinoPanorama (Shota Rustaveli 19), 28 February – 2 March at 20.00
Year on year, more than half of the US population is confined to their television screens watching one of the biggest annual sporting events – the Super Bowl. Besides the sport played on the day, some of the richest companies in the world shower millions on 30-second commercials during this American football final, with a total of $292 million spent in 2013 alone.
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Ukrainian Premier League – Dynamo vs Shaktar, Olimpiyskiy Stadium (V Vasylkivska 55), 2 March at 19.30
The 19th round of the Ukrainian Premiere League kicks off over the weekend with the capital’s favourite club Dynamo Kyiv going head to head with hardcore competitors Shaktar Donetsk. Considering the tensions in the country as of late, this will undoubtedly be an electric game of football.

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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t 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 – children’s 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. What’s 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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