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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 Week
Within Temptation (NL, symphonic metal), Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119), 6 March at 19.00
Formed in 1996 by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, this sixsome went straight to work on first album Enter, and in so doing entered the Netherlands music scene. Headed to Kyiv this week in the course of their European tour, dedicated to the 2011 release of album number five The Unforgiven, the group has already released three songs which will appear on their next album Hydra to appear on shelves later this year.

Tera Melos (US, experimental rock), Underground Music Hall (Moskovskiy Pr 13v), 28 February at 19.00
American experimental rockers Tera Melos are going to throw you for a loop with their atypical rhythmic structures and odd-time signatures. Their style is characteristic of math rock, a musical genre that emerged in the late 80s influenced by bands Genesis, The Police, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and others.

Exhibition of installations commemorating Sergey Parajanov (GE, film director, artist), Dream Museum (Chyhorina 55), 15 February 6 March at 17.0019.30 (Thursdays, Fridays), at 13.0017.00 (weekends)
With a focus on Tbilisi-born Sergey Parajanov and his great contribution to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema, Dream Museum provides its own interpretation of creative legacy left by the unique master, who would have been 90-years-old today. Shaped as a complex collage, the exhibition displays numerous art objects, photographs, film sets, movie posters, artefacts, and film retrospectives that will relay the truth as well as the many myths surrounding the legendary director.

Retro Train Ride, Kyiv passenger railway station, the first platform (Vokzalna ploshcha 1), 22 February at 14.31
Picture this, youre cruising the city in an old-fashioned train, the wind is in your hair, the sound of chugga-chugga in your ears... Kyivs retro train has resumed its two-hour sightseeing trip recently, with another scheduled for this weekend.

Masquerade of the Marquis De Sade featuring Roman Viktyuk Theatre (RU), October Palace (Instytutska 1), 27 February at 19.00
Wanting to get in the spring mood? Then take in Masquerade of Marquis De Sade staged by the great and notorious Roman Viktyuk undoubtedly a great way to shake off the last traces of winter hibernation. This Lviv-born theatre director Roman Viktyuk invariably shocks his audiences with performances running the gamut of controversy, provocation, sarcasm, intelligence, and cruel sincerity.

French Music Night featuring Anatoliy Bazhenov (UA, violin), Volodymyr Koshuba (UA, organ), Ivan Kucher (UA, cello), Myroslava Solovyanenko (UA, soprano), National House of Organ and Chamber Music (V Vasylkivska 77), 27 February at 19.30
Looking for something special tonight? You cant go wrong with French composers.

Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosos (RU, symphony), National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50), 23 February at 18.00
Thirty-five years is something to celebrate...on stage and across the globe! Inimitable conductor and soloist Vladimir Spivakov makes a stop in Kyiv to present his new jubilee concert programme Moscow Virtuosos Today and Tomorrow. Expect a kaleidoscope of musical delicacies, including masterpieces by Mozart, Rossini, Boccherini, Puccini, Verdi and others, featuring Alina Yarovaya (soprano and soloist of Russias Bolshoi Theatre) and Aleksey Neklyudov (tenor and prize-winner of international contests).

Style Wars. Test The Fest Kids (hip-hop festival), Yunist (Artema 37-41), 22 February at 10.00
A daylong hip-hop festival will be had this Saturday at Yunist, starting at 10.00 sharp, where the cool kids will be taking part in hip-hop and break dance battles, spending their clams at the hip-hop fair, graffiti-ing up a storm, and learning the best ways to scratch at the turntable with ProDJ School and DJ Andrew.

Bryan Black aka Black Asteroid (US, techno), Sentrum (Shota Rustaveli 16a), 26 February at 23.00
Talented producer and other half of American electro group Motor, DJ Bryan Black comes to Kyiv with his solo project Black Asteroid. Throughout his career, Black has worked with such stars as Prince, Martin L Gore of Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Nitzer Ebb, along with remixing the likes of Marilyn Manson and Throbbing Gristle. Tonight, hes helped out by Ukrainian DJs Smirnov and Klein.

Athletic Events: KMRC Snow Run, (Obolonska Naberezhnoe), 23 February at 11.00
Kyiv Marathon Running Club are gathering lovers of sport and the great outdoors for a little jaunt around town. Professional and amateur runners are invited to join up with other likeminded individuals to jog along the Obolon quay, with women running a distance of 5km and men 10km.


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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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