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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
Music Get the Rock Out of Town
Red Alert hard rock festival, Morskoe (near Sudak), Crimea, 22-23 July

While the smiley happy people of the East take up residence at house heaven Kazantip, those who like their guitars well licked, their amps fully cranked, and their music with lyrics will be heading to the picturesque town of Morskoe for a two week celebration of regional rock! Bands from Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, Russia, and Belarus will be putting the audience through its headbanging paces, performing a mixture of rock, metal, and alternative tunes for the more artsy types. The festival has a strong anti-drugs policy, though organisers say nothing about the peninsulas famed and exquisite wines. A two day ticket costs 13 euros.

Film Polish Cinema From Modern Master
Krzysztof Kielowskis A Short Film about Killing, Les Kurbas Theatre Centre (23B Volodymyrska), 27 July at 18.30

Coming from the same Lodz Film School which gave the world the likes of Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kielowski is widely considered to be one of the finest European film directors of modern times.

Humour Sending Up the Smart Set
Comedy Club, Arena Entertainment, every Saturday at 22.00

Being insulted by a Comedy Club comedian is all the rage in Moscow at the moment, with normally touchy and sensitive celebrities paying top dollar to be singled out for a good dose of ridicule. It is, quite simply, a sign that you have hit the big time. 

â?˜Future Shortsâ?, selection of short films, Butterfly Ultramarine (1A Uritskoho), till 16 July Soundtracks are becoming ever more important to motion pictures and this is particularly true concerning the series of shorts which will be screened at Butterfly Ultramarine. A mixture of rock and progressive beats from the likes of Aphex Twin and Radiohead play integral roles in the fanciful flicks and animations from UK, Japan, USA, Germany, and Canada, all of which are sure to satisfy the capitalâ?s legions of trendy kino buffs. Thereâ?s even something for those cinematic conservatives who fear the corrosive affect of MTV; â?˜Windowlickerâ? starring Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin is a non-stop lampoon of rap music videos which lasts ten minutes and which isnâ?t afraid of going for the bling bling misogynistic jugular. For more information call Butterfly Ultramarine on 206-0370.

Silver Wedding in concert, Art Club 44 (44 Khrescahtyk), 15 July at 22.00 Incorporating such traditionally rural instruments as the garmoshka, bayan, banjo, violin, bass, and percussion, Belarus musicians churn out a sound which is best described as village chanson. More akin to the French variety than the type championed by gulag prisoners and surly taxi drivers, Silver wedding performances are characterised by the heartrending vocals of the lead singer, who never fails to move the audience. Tickets are 20hrv. For more information call 279-4137

EBA Boat Cruise 2006, Sailing to and from Velykyy Island, July 15 from 11.00 till 20.00 The EBA is once more making the most of both the glorious Ukrainian summer and the mighty Dnipro by staging its annual boat cruise. Dubbed the â?˜EBA Champions Cupâ? the programme for the day includes a leisurely jaunt to and from Velykyy Island near Kyiv, exciting sports and brain-based contests, disco and a lottery with numerous prizes. There will also be an impressive BBQ serving mouth-wateringly succulent meats and drinks will be served throughout the day. For more details call the EBA office on 496-0601, tickets can be reserved by going to events@eba.com.ua.

Baby animals at the Kyiv Zoo (32 Pobedy Prospect)
The Kyiv Zoo has received an added injection of the all important â?˜ahhhâ? factor thanks to the introduction of several baby animals. Visitors can now see three bear cubs, a young camel, and a three week old lama taking lessons at the university of life, with the cuddly fur-balls frolicking around in the sun, or, in the camelâ?s case, generally looking unimpressed with everything and everyone he comes across. The zoo is open from 9.00 to 18.00 daily, with tickets costing 15hrv for adults and 7hrv for children. Entrance is free for the under-5s.


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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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