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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

Redneck Rockers

In the late 90s Limp Bizkit went from being one of nu metals rising oddities to one of the biggest bands on the planet and things got crazy pretty quickly. Gaining popularity thanks to hits like Take a Look Around, New Generation and Eat You Alive, Limp Bizkit head back to Kyiv for a third time bringing their sixth album Gold Cobra released two years ago.

Founded back in 1994, Limp Bizkit sold more than 40 million albums all over the globe, and have been three times Grammy-nominated. Their rise was marked by a period of platinum albums and criticism brought by the Floridians unapologetically adolescent content infused with redneck references. Limp Bizkits tailing popularity throughout the 2000s, along with age, has seen them mellow, but they are still going strong. This time, they come without DJ Lethal who left the band under a cloud right after the release of Gold Cobra. Their next album, Stampede of the Disco Elephants, will be released next year to coincide with their 20th anniversary. Whats On talks to Limp Bizkit, also known as their Eastern European publicist, about their journey from Jacksonville, Florida to global domination.

How has the band changed since 1994? And how has the message you send to your audience changed since that time?
At that time we were younger, we had had more fans, and we had platinum albums in America. We were the coolest band, but we did not compete to be first. We just do what we like, what comes from inside.

What is the story behind the departure of DJ Lethal? People say he left because of a fight with Fred Durst, and labelled him a dictator how much truth is there in that rumour?
Musicians often have disagreements. We have a very respectful attitude to the talent of DJ Lethal. However, our views are very different. We do not like to discuss personal relationships. He has to deal with himself and we wish him all the best. There were no fights between us.

What other gossip have you heard about your band?
We dont listen to gossip. In our lives there were lots of ups and downs. We express it in music. We know what people say about us, but we usually don`t worry about baseless gossip.

Tell us about your relationship with other band members are they friends, family or just colleagues?
Within the members of the band we have perfect and professional relationships. We completely understand each other and work for a mutual purpose. People can say whatever they want, but it is fact within the group there is a great atmosphere. Each of us has our own friends and family, but we would not have been together for so long if we did not respect and appreciate each other.

Youve done many concerts. Has there been one most memorable for you?
Oh, that`s difficult. There have been so many concerts. We are inspired by the energy of people. We feel every scream and movement. We give our energy to the people. Some people say it is aggressive, but we dont think so. Its like our message to people is expressed by the music. Everywhere theres a different audience. Even between concerts in Russia and Ukraine there is huge difference in how you perceive the audience. Therefore it is impossible to say which was the most memorable.

And what more can you say about Ukraine?
We like Ukraine. We love Ukrainian food and traditions. Here we get an audience that has good taste.

How do you think your music will evolve in future?
Music and attitudes change every minute. I cant predict anything in music or in life in general.

Limp Bizkit (US, rap, hardcore)
1 December at 19.00
Tickets: 450 1,400hrv
Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119)
222-0022

You cant talk about Limp BIzkit without giving a nod to Wesley Louden Borland, guitarist and most outrageous member of the band. While frontman Fred Durst gets the crowds on their feet with his inciting lyrics, the number 37 guitarist in Total Guitar magazines Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, Borland keeps them entertained with a myriad of looks that run the gamut from face and body paint to masks and uniforms.

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.


    Kyiv Culture

    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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