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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.


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Festivals to Lose Yourself In

The Crimean Peninsula is home to what has been dubbed the “sexiest festival in the world”, while a quick ferry ride and border hop will take you to a Russian festival that is whole lot more family-friendly. What’s On looks at two festivals that may be polar opposites but are both hot tickets.

The Coast Of Freedom
Summer is full of festivals but Kubana stands out from the rest celebrating its fifth birthday this year by becoming bigger than ever. Throughout its five years, the festival has not focused on one particular genre of music turning its seven-day run into varied entertainment for adults and kids alike as it offers special programs for the youngest festival revellers. Read on to find out what awaits Kubanists this year.
While the very first festival lined up only CIS bands, this year there are representatives from all over the world coming to rock the “Peninsula of Freedom” as Kubana calls itself. Like other years, the musical fare will be waves of light pop-music, hard-line punk-rock, rousing ska, dynamic hip-hop, brutal alternative and experimental electronic music all against a backdrop of sun, sand and the lapping waves of the Black Sea.
The line-up for the anniversary festival is impressive. American-Armenian rockers System of a Down will swap sunny California for an equally sunny southern Russia to headline the festival. They are joined by masters of electro punk the Prodigy, MTV-favourites the Bloodhound Gang who leave for the festival right after their show in Kyiv. The German alternative rock band Guano Apes will come to play a big gig too supported by American Christian rockers Skillet and horror punks Misfits. The veterans of rave Scooter will ask their fans “How much is the fish?” before the stars of metal-core Bullet for my Valentine start screaming their hearts out supported by experimental electro hardcore band Enter Shikari. British indie rockers the Subways and Latvia’s Brainstorm will give your ears a break playing some lighter tunes. But the real sensation of Kubana is the presentation of punk-opera The Time of the Gypsies by world famous director Emir Kusturica.
In addition to all of the international acts, the fest will be also be attended by many CIS bands including Belarusian Lyapis Trubetskoi and Russia’s Yuriy Antonov. The full list of more than 50 bands to play Kubana can be found on the festival’s web site.
Proving to be a festival for the whole family there will be interesting events scheduled for children starting from the very first day, such as a bus called Bumper. It holds a library where rock stars will be on hand to read to youngsters and teach them to play music every evening, meaning the library may be quite a draw for star-struck parents as well. On 6 August, a rock stage for kids will open with a big show from Priklyuchenia Elektronika and Rock Rodents. Sun, sea and lots of fun! It’s a great option for a family vacation.

How to get to Kubana from Ukraine:
· Take a train from Kyiv to Kerch
· Ferry it from the Krym Port to Kavkaz 
· Take a taxi from the Port to the city of Taman and then bus it to Anapa
· It’s another 30km from Anapa to Blahoveshchenska Station so either a cab or a bus works
Kerch Ferry Information Desk: 38-050-393-4202, 38-050-360-7510
Taman Bus Information Desk: 7-918-120-2183

Kubana 2013
1–7 August 
Tickets: 740 –2,500hrv

The Republic Of Z
The biggest players on the international festival calendar include the likes of Burning Man, Coachella, Creamfields, and Glastonbury, but there’s a Ukrainian version that year-on-year claws its way up the list of the world’s best festivals. Crowned by the world’s leading electronic dance music website inthemix.com as number one on its list of 25 Festivals to Discover Before You Die, KaZantip is not just a festival, it’s a phenomenon.
For starters KaZantip, or just Z, isn’t your regular three day deal – it used to stretch over six weeks in the sweltering summer heat of the Crimea, but for 2013 it has been pared back to two. Fittingly for what is a very “adult” party, KaZantip has left adolescence behind turning 21 this year. Some say it isn’t a festival at all, it’s something much bigger. Those who launched the event two decades ago as a small dance party that followed a windsurf competition, now proclaim KaZantip a utopian country in its own right. The total number of the people to partake in this techno extravaganza is estimated to be about 100,000 “paradizers” annually – most from Russia and Ukraine but more and more from all over Europe. While most stop by for a few days or a week, there are hardcore devotees who become citizens of the so-called “Republic of Z” for the full duration. And challenge it is...The beach partying goes on, non-stop, night and day. KaZantip regularly brings in around 300 DJs a year to cater to the 14 dance floors across the almost 110,000 square metre festival site and previous incarnations have counted Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Richie Hawtin and Skrillex among the line-up alumni. The experience of KaZantip is enough reason to head along, it’s an unashamedly trashy good time, the booze is cheap, the girls aren’t wearing a whole lot and the music is loud and goes for 21 hours a day, every day. What sweetens the deal are line-ups that are ever-excellent and this year’s is epic. Some 90 names were revealed back in April including Germany’s Dixon, Loco Dice and electronic music project Moderat, Welsh house/techno DJ and producer Jamie Jones, and Chilean-German Ricardo Villalobos were among them. Additional names such as Maceo Plex and former What’s On cover boy Markus Schulz both from the US, and Australian/British drum and bass group Pendulum were also part of the first announcement with more acts to follow. Away from the music, as with any other land the Republic has its own traditions. The most important are “Sunset” and “Fast Married”. In the first thousands of people gather at sunset daily to say goodbye to the sun and share an atmosphere of calm, balance and harmony. When the sun dips the below the horizon everyone applauds – it also marks the cue to party. The so-called “Fast Married”, is a marriage that can be entered into only inside of the Republic and done as a nod to the fast, hot and heavy romances that happen at KaZantip. Yup, KaZantip is a trip, but if you  go you might want to leave the kids at home.

How to get to Kazantip from Ukraine:
Kazantip is located in Popovka village, 30 kilometres away from the city of Yevpatoria, in Crimea, Ukraine. The nearest bus station to Kazantip is in the small town of Myrniy which is a 10-minute walk from Popovka.
· First you will have to reach either the city of Simferopol or Yevpatoria.
· If you travel by train, try to get a direct train to Yevpatoria because it will make the journey much easier. From Yevpatoria, you can take a bus to Myrniy, or a taxi directly to Popovka.
· If you travel by air, the only airport is Simferopol. From there you can take a bus to Yevpatoria and then another one to Myrniy, or a taxi directly to Popovka.

Kazantip 2013
31 July – 10 August
Tickets: Single entry “viZa” 800hrv, multiple entry “multi-viZa” 1,600 –2,000hrv or “viZa-free” with a specifically designed yellow suitcase (note: registration of suitcases is closed)

by Vadym Mishkoriz and Jared Morgan

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