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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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Special Feature

Hot Spots for Cold Times

Longer and cooler nights are already driving those who enjoyed partying outside indoors into Kyivs clubs. Established city clubs are already prepping themselves for the influx and getting ready to host their biggest parties of the winter but in addition to golden oldies there are a few new kids on the club scene block. Whats On checks them out.

They say change is as good as a holiday and some brand spanking new venues are going up against the established nightspots in a bid to lure a few regulars away from their usual haunts. Its the ideal opportunity to switch from your tried and true hangouts so heres a rundown of new clubs soon to open, those that have opened recently and some that relocated hopefully to provide better service and entertainment.

Sentrum Music Palace (Shota Rustaveli 16), TBA
This large concert hall will soon open in the downtown and is already lining up the gigs. The first concert is scheduled for 8 November with Russian rock band Krematoriy. The list of other confirmed events includes live bands The Subways and Skindred as well as DJ Schiller and the electronic festival Armada Night. Looks like this place will be as good for clubbers as it will be for offering big live shows.

Coyote Ugly (Mechnikova 9a), 280-0678
Coyote Ugly is a curious US-based franchise that can truly be said to be East meets West without covering any territory in between. With a network of 14 bars across the US, the international outposts are all in Eastern Europe five in Russia, one in Romania, and, as of July, one in Kyiv. The equation is the same in Kyiv as any of the other bars and the movie of the same name: beautiful girls + booze = money. Girls are the boss here and they have fun doing it, dancing on the bar in between pouring drinks hard drinks. Coyote Ugly has a simple motto: We dont serve water here!

Faces (Baseina 2a), 096-022-2296
The new Faces opens its doors this week, with a huge show planned for  26 October featuring Romanias dance music group Radio Killer, Ukraines DJ Valery Star and the hot and sexy Svetlana Volnova. Aiming at the avant-garde Kyiv community, expect a mix of fresh faces with expensive handbags and a smattering of the young and upwardly mobile. All in all, not a bad place to spend a night out check it out for yourself this weekend.

Beton (Nauky Pr 8), 067-307-6969
Opened at the end of last month, Beton Night Club is still gaining momentum as it tries to claw itself to the top of Kyivs nightlife. To accomplish this tough task the club is pulling out all the stops to provide good service and varied entertainment from Friday to Sunday, bringing in DJs who know how to work a crowd. If nothing else, it is worth going just to see the interior all blue neon. Youll feel like youve walked into the movie Tron.

Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119), 222-8040
It might be a familiar landmark name but Stereo Plaza has moved on Kyivs club map and opened a new season on 25 September in a new venue with Finnish rockers The Rasmus ushering in a new era. The place is now a little bigger, with improved acoustics and service. And with Stereo Plazas schedule already packed with international big names like Limp Bizkit, Dan Balan, Brainstorm, Poets of the Fall, Russian Rap star Timati, and Ukraines own Svitlana Loboda, the new venue is sure to be as successful as the old.

Metropol Concert Hall (Prorizna 8), 066-183-3900
Its hard to keep up with the name changes, but what was once Sullivan Room, later Faberge and then Stanislavskiy has again been re-branded and is now known as Metropol Concert Hall. Despite the countless incarnations its always attracted top acts from retro disco, to modern house, through to hard rock and metal. The latest version opened in the middle of September promising to bring Eskimo Callboy, Blue October and Red later this year.

Although there are new places aplenty in the next generation of nightspots, dont forget about  older favourites which have got plenty of stamina for partying:
Boom Boom Room (Shevchenko 33), 588-8989
Caribbean Club (S Petlyury 4), 067-224-4111
Dlux (Hrushevskoho 3), 200-9009
Decadence House (Baseina 2a), 466-2013
Mantra (V Vasylkivska 5), 050-336-2848
Shooters (Moskovska 22), 254-2024
Sky Bar (V Vasylkivska 5), 223-8888
Vodka Bar (Globus, II line, Maidan Nezalezhnosti), 371-1102

by Vadym Mishkoriz

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    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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