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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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Ukraine Travel

In the Whirl of Summer Festivals

As summer approaches at full steam, turning the busy city into a hot oven, its time to discover both Ukraine and its culture, by touring around the country and visiting the numerous ethnic, music and art festivals. Whats On is here, as always, with a schedule of the most interesting open air events in Ukraine to make your summer fun and relaxing!

25-26 June, Kraina Mriy Festival, Kyiv, Spivoche Pole
For the seventh time, Kyiv will be shaken by Oleh Skrypkas very own ethno-music festival  Kraina Mriy. As of last year, the event charges admission, but its quality has only improved, attracting more interesting local and foreign bands. It seems that Skrypka chooses the events line-up according to his own taste, proving he knows what good music is! Apart from that, there will be a traditional alley of craftsmen, numerous dance and vocal master-classes and other attractions for kids and adults to have fun. Open from 10.00 to 22.00, Kraina Mriy will definitely make some of your dreams true, as we are all longing for a good time! For ticket prices and more information visit: www.krainamriy.com

24-27 June, Energy Open Air, Cherkasy 
Energy Open Air claims to be one of the biggest industrial festivals in Eastern Europe, gathering together artists of all styles and types of electronic music, from synth pop to hard experimental noise! It was held for the first time last year, and managed to bring in more than 70 bands from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, as well as European headliners. This year, as the organisers promise, the festival will be of an even larger-scale. Just imagine: 3 days of non-stop musical madness on 3 different stages and dance floors. You can be sure that Energy Open Air is going to be the place and time for extreme electronic music played at full blast! For more information visit: www.energyopenair.com

30 June 3 July, Trypilske Kolo Festival, Rzhyshchiv town, Kyiv Region
Trypilske Kolo is an ethnic and ecological festival, the concept of which excludes alcohol, tobacco or any drugs. Instead, it offers a 15-hectare space for music, art, creativity and beauty, proving that leisure can be interesting and joyous without artificial enhancements! Aiming to draw attention to Ukraines ancient heritage of the Trypilla culture, the event includes master-classes, quests, films, seminars and other fun and educational activities, all accompanied by ethnic music. The festival proclaims that its territory is open to any kind of art, so be ready to discover your creative potential! For more information visit: www.tkfest.com.ua 

1 July, Crimean Dance Trophy, Sevastopol
The Crimean Dance Trophy is a festival of ballroom dancing, with a 10-year history, traditionally bringing together in competition the best ballroom dancers from all over Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. This year, in celebration of its 10th anniversary, the festival is organising an outstanding event an enormous mass waltz! On Svoboda Square in Sevastopol, professional dancers and all comers will dance a waltz, while the Ukrainian Book of Records will record the achievement. Using the strapline Dance brings people together the festival invites all to experience this mass waltz, offering training videos on its website, so that amateur dancers can learn the music and the steps. Dont forget your mate: it takes two to waltz! For more information visit: www.dancefestival.com.ua   

12-16 July, Art-Pole, Unizh village, Ivano-Frankivsk Region
The Art-Pole festival, formerly named Sheshory, is one of the biggest and most popular ethnic music festivals in Ukraine. Having changed location, moving the event to the village of Unizh, it remains a well-organized and memorable festival, attracting Ukrainians and guests of Ukraine to the picturesque Dniester canyon. The festival unites music, landscape art and performance art in all of the genres multiple facets.  If youre coming to Art-Pole, youre ready for some experimentation. This year, the entertainment program includes such bands as DahkaBrakha, Perkalaba (Ukraine), Village Kollektiv (Poland), Feloche (France), Wild Marmalade (Australia) and other cool acts, who will do their best to make the event unforgettable. For more information visit: www.artpolefest.org

5-7 August, Harvest-Wedding Ethnic Festival, Pyrohovo Open-air museum
Want to try some ancient traditional Ukrainian activities, like threshing grain, baking bread in a village stove and other compulsory domestic duties, de rigueur for all grooms and brides? The festivals second day will feature a re-creation of a traditional Ukrainian wedding, with all the fabulous dancing, singing and binding the couple with an embroidered towel. Apart from all of that, numerous master-classes on blacksmithing, pottery, embroidery, as well as an exhibition of authentic household items, will take you deep into Ukrainian culture and make you love it even more! For more information visit: www.pirogovo.com.ua


6 August, Gnizdo Fest, Bila Tserkva town, Kyiv Region
Founded as a pop-rock music competition by Ihor Pelykh (popular Ukrainian musician and TV-host), the festival later became a yearly report on the achievements of the Ukrainian pop-rock scene. Following the death of its founder in 2009, the festival was re-named in his honour, and continues run by Ihors former colleagues. Growing ever more popular, the festival lines up some star bands from abroad every year and this summer will be no exception. The names are still to be announced, but its certain that the festival will be held in its best traditions, with lots of good pop-rock! For more information visit: www.gnizdo.com.ua

19-21 August, Global East Rock Festival, Chaika Airfield, Kyiv
Global East Rock Festival is one of the biggest, best-known and most ambitious rock festivals in Ukraine, gathering thousands of rock music fans at the open air Chaika airfield. The organisers have already announced the first headliner of this years Global East Rock legendary Finnish band Children of Bodom. The band is known for its rough vocals and crazy rhythm, but their performances are absolutely spectacular! In addition, many other bands from Latvia, Belarus, Germany, Poland and other countries will shake Chaika with their wild rock n roll. For more information visit: www.globaleastfan.com

20-24 August, Etnovyr Festival, Lviv
For the fourth year in a row, Lviv in August will become a multicultural city, bringing representatives of the worlds various cultures at the International Ethnic Festival Etnovyr. In the past, the event has attracted folk bands from Cyprus, Martinique, Congo, India, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Israel, Poland and many other countries. This years festival will be no less exotic, offering the music, dance, singing and culinary traditions of various cultures and peoples. The festival proves that folk culture remains a bottomless source of inspiration and spiritual power for all peoples, and that sharing and exchanging cultural touchstones makes a person richer and more diverse. Dont miss the chance to experience the whirl of folk traditions, without even leaving Ukraine! 

Kateryna Kyselyova


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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.


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    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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