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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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Kyiv Culture

A Cut Above

The spring and autumn seasons are dotted (sometimes of the polka variety, depending on the trend at the time) with fashion events across the world. Here in Kyiv, the catwalk is being put to good use just as it would be in London, Paris and Tokyo and its thanks to one of the citys most recent additions to the design sphere Mercedes Benz Kyiv Fashion Days.

Promoting fashion in its purest form, Daria Shapovalova set the stage in 2010 with the Kyiv Fashion Days project, showcasing local talent while bringing in big names in the design biz. On its seventh season, the event, now backed by the luxurious Mercedes Benz brand, opens next week, and continues along its cutting edge path of ball gowns and Bolero jackets. Packing a variety of programmes and presentations into this four-day event, grab yourself an invitation (if you can) and start making a list of all the lust-haves for next season.

The Events
Fashion Scout Kyiv is an international programme of presentations, including a showroom of the best designers around Eastern Europe. Mercedes Benz Kyiv Fashion Dayss Daria Shapovalova says, Fashion Scout Kyiv is a project that has been held successfully in London and Paris, and Kyiv will continue the tradition. Our joint goal with our British partners is to make Kyiv the central meeting place of all young and talented designers from Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet countries.
The founder of Fashion Scout Martin Roberts says, Kyiv is the first step for designers who are willing and ready to enter the international market. Roberts, along with other international guests of the fashion industry, will be holding a series of special mentoring sessions for all participating designers as well public lectures for all guests of MBKFD.
As a trade show for designers of jewellery and accessories, Levels is another great event held under MBKFD. There is a rapidly growing number of designers creating unique jewellery and accessories in Ukraine, many of whom will be on hand to showcase their work.
Kyiv Fashion Institute is a rich and unique project providing lectures and master classes by leading local and international experts. Held for the second time, watch for some big names!
And, as an added bonus, Mercedes Benz will be presenting their new concept car at the opening, the all-new 2015 Mercedes Benz GLA-Class.

Its Me is a brand for independent individuals who do not accept the system of the general masses. For these people, the design, not the brand, is the most important.
Dina Lynnyk, Ukrainian designer

My designs convey the beauty and joy that I value in my own life. I want to bring softness and elegance to an urban feminine wardrobe and to help a woman express her individuality through her unique clothing. The final goal is to build a strong and recognisable brand.
Irina Krasilnikova, Ukrainian designer







I am a graphic designer, but my roots go deep into art. In creating this new collection, I want to connect the line between art and fashion. I will be presenting energetic creations, which are sensual and full of contradictions, clean lines and modern silhouettes.
Rybalko, Ukrainian designer







Just as in life, I dont want to feel any boundaries in fashion. Trying my hand at Fashion Scout Kyiv challenges me, and I am not sure my work will be understood by everyone, but I do not want to become part of the mainstream either. I am ready and very excited to introduce my fairytale world.
Petra Ptackova, Czech designer

Mercedes Benz Kyiv Fashion Days
1720 October
Olimpiyskiy Stadium (V Vasylkivska 55)
www.mbkievfashiondays.com

Thursday 17 October
19.00 Grand Opening MBKFD
19.00 Mercedes Benz GLA presentation
21.00 Party

Friday 18 October
17.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Kateryna Kvit, Nikolay Legenda, AZ
18.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Natasha Zinko
19.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Omelya Atelier
20.00 Presentation: Comme Des F*ck Down
21.00 Special Closed Event

Saturday 19 October
14.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Taras Volyn, Lara Quint
15.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Annet Amegan, Pungits, Ksenia Mamedova
16.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Tumqo, Alisa Kuzembaeva, Rybalko
16.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Julianna
17.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Lera Leshchova
17.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Jealousy
18.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Yasya Minochkina
18.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Confashion
19.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Paskal
19.30 Olo Fashion: UGG Australia Presentation
20.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Felder Felder
20.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Tigran Avetisyan
21.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Sasha Kanevski
23.00 Party

Sunday October 20
14.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Ostel, Aika Alemi, Krasilnokova
15.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Yvette, Sheldon, Bogdan Kass
16.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: RCR Khomenko, Its Me by Dina Lynnyk, Petra Ptachkova
17.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Design It Winner
17.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Passe Detoil
18.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Ivanova
18.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Ksenia Schnaider
19.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Lia Syn
19.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Kravetz
20.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Anton Belinsky
21.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Anna October
23.00 Party

by Lana Nicole

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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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    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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