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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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On the Comeback

Ukrainian show business superstar Karolina Kuek or, as she is better known, Ani Lorak, is back and shes a changed woman. After a brief retreat from the limelight to focus on being a wife and mother, she has announced her comeback with two big shows planned for Kyiv and Moscow, and she promises they are going to be more than just concerts thanks to the events that have shaped her life since we last saw her.

Ukrainian pop singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, former UN Goodwill Ambassador and Peoples Artist of Ukraine, Ani Lorak has come a long way since taking second place at Eurovision 2008 with her song Shady Lady. And she is now ready to share that journey returning to the stage after her marriage and the 2011 birth of her daughter Sophia. Whats On catches up with developments on the eve of her big showbiz comeback.

What attracts you to show business? Why did you decide to get into the biz?
I knew Id be a singer since I was a 4-year-old and I did everything to make my dream come true. I was born in Kutsman (Chernivtsi region) and people there didnt quite understand why a little girl was singing on the street in the middle of the day, however they gave me sweets for my performances and I was glad to attract attention; its something I still enjoy every time I go on stage.

Youve achieved your main goal but what about smaller achievements you made along the way?
I had to work hard! When I just started, my biggest dream was to take part in Utreneya Zvezda (Morning Star) and eventually in 1995 I was named Breakthrough of the Year at this show. It was a sort of kick-start for me and so I set new goals. We released the first album Khochu Letat (Want to Fly) the following year and shot the first video. Then I went to Big Apple Music 96 in New York and won. As you know I took second place at Eurovision 2008 and won the Eurovision Song Contest Artistic Award also. When I returned home, the President of Ukraine awarded me with Merited Artist of Ukraine. However, it still feels like its all just starting for me and now I have new goals. I do it to become better tomorrow than I was yesterday.

Youve taken part in many international contests. Do you think Ukraine is competitive on an international level?
I think the music produced here is competitive, however we are lacking professional managers and producers who can help artists take their music to foreign stages. We have the content. We need to improve the form a little and take our place in the world market.

By content you mean music itself? What do you like most about music?
I look for a good melody in music first of all. Then lyrics that work with the melody. If a song has a beautiful melody framed with meaningful words that, most importantly, carry a message for people then it will be successful.

How are preparations for your upcoming concerts? Tell us what to expect on 19 October.
We are planning two shows: one in Kyiv and the second in Moscow. It will be more a musical than just a concert. The director of the show Oleh Bondarchuk came up with a story told through song about a little girl from a tiny town who had nothing but the dream of becoming a singer. It talks to the younger generations, saying, Look, I wasnt living in a perfect world! Everythings within your reach so never give up as you and only you are the director of your life.

Tell us a little about your 11th album promised to be released soon.
The album Zazhygai Serdtse (Fire Up the Heart) is very symbolic to me. It took a little longer as my life changed course and I had my little Sophia. This factor makes the album a very important one. My voice sounds more tender. The song lyrics are filled with deeper meaning, warmth and love. I think it will perform strongly as there are already five hits. Dlya Tebya (For You) and Obnimi Menya Krepche (Hold Me Tighter) got Zolotoi Grammofone awards (Annual Russian Song Awards), and the video for Zazhigai Serdtse won an award from RU.TV. Love is the main topic of this record!

Ani Lorak (UA, pop)
19 October at 19.00
Tickets: 250 2,000hrv
Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1)
246-7406

by Vadym Mishkoriz

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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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