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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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Cover Story
Kyiv has been host to many ballet stars of late, from both the classical and contemporary dance worlds. Spring started with the premiere of La Bayadere, featuring Georgian prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili as guest-star alongside local favourites Olena Filipieva and Denys Matviyenko. That was just a warm-up to the upcoming performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet probably the most well-known ballet company in the world! For co-founder Desmond Richardson, its his farewell tour and, in a Whats On exclusive, we interview the dancer famed for his panther-like movements before he takes his final bow.

Mystetskiy Arsenal closed its doors over the weekend as Ukrainian Fashion Week wrapped up its 32nd season. Inspired looks took their place on the catwalk for the 20132014 fall/winter season, pushing the more madcap designs to the periphery. Were you there? Did you catch next seasons intrepid trends? If not, cast your eye over designs by a few of our local superstars Whats On thinks are going places.

As showbiz splits go, this one was a shock. When Alla Moskovka called time on her relationships with Gorchitza at the peak of the bands popularity and its record label to go solo a year ago, eyebrows raised. Now, the singer, better known as Alloise, opens up about her decision to leave to Whats On and shares her plans for the future.
Working on her own wasnt anything new for Alloise, pre-Gortchitza she cut her singing teeth doing solo gigs in Kyiv clubs, performing house, soul and even some RnB. 

This quartet of beauty and passion are the epitome of girl power. Their name means army and so it seems appropriate that on 23 February, what used to be the Day of the Soviet Army and is now Mens Day, Whats On talks to the five-year old girl group about music, men and more. 

Its the circus worlds equivalent of the Oscars or Cannes with a jury chaired by royalty awarding performers with coveted titles such as Le Clown DOr. In January, a Ukrainian duo received the award from Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco at the 37th Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. Another four Ukrainians also seized titles. Whats On catches up with one of the clowning Cossacks to check out the silverware.
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He has a face that perhaps even his mother would struggle to love, but thats the point. To shock is Marilyn Mansons shtick, and it is something the rock musician has capitalised on in the 18 years since he first burst on to the music scene. With the release of his eighth album Born Villain and its related tour, Manson is bringing his unique brand of shock-rock to Ukraine for the first time.

One of the longest-lasting and most popular Ukrainian alternative music bands TNMK mix hip-hop, rock, funk and jazz in an eclectic blend of music that is driving, recognisable and always real. Their lyrics are at times humourous, at other times philosophical, but above all, they are effortlessly cool! Maybe you caught them at our last Whats On party? If not, TNMK have another show coming up, Whats On meets band members Fahot and Fozzey for a chat.

How does a Ukrainian band become well known? The easiest way is to play a show with an already popular act. The harder way is to put huge effort into perfecting what you do. O Torvald has done both and have clawed their way into the upper echelon of Ukrainian stars. Now, O Torvald have the rest of Europe in their sights.
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The mans voice is undeniably good, hes not at all hard on the eyes, and hell be here in the capital next week. Friday nights in Kyiv dont get much better than this.
Born into humble beginnings, Seal has made leaps and bounds in his more than 20-year music career. Winning three Brit Awards, four Grammys and one MTV Video Music Award throughout his career, he says he loves making music.

Garbage, with its charming lead singer, Shirley Manson, is back in town with an even bigger act than their summer concert in Odesa. Since its 1994 inception, Garbage has produced worldwide hits and earned their status as a household name. With their 5th album, Not Your Kind of People, it appears that Garbage has caught a second wind with a track list that is equal parts fresh and authentic.


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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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