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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

Japanese Culture Season

Kyivites and residents of the Ukrainian capital will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun thanks to a series of events organised by the Japanese Embassy. From martial arts to flower arranging, poetry contests to the rhythmic sounds of traditional drums, the event should keep culture vultures buzzing for months.

Music and Dance
Japanese drum ensemble TAWOO will perform 2 September at 17.00 on Kontraktova Square, 3 September at 18.00 at the National Opera house, and September at 19.00 at the KPI Arts and Culture Palace (37 Peremohy Prospect). Japanese drums date back many centuries and the sound they generate should be enough to shake the very foundations of the venues! 

Traditional Bando dance will be staged at the National Operetta House 7 October at 18.00 and as part of the Japanese kabuki theatre 9 October at 11.00 at the Serge Lyfar Municipal Dance Academy (4A Dankevitcha).

Arts and Crafts
An origami exhibition accompanied by masterclasses is scheduled for 17 and 18 October; the location will be confirmed on the website www.ua.emb-japan.go.jp

Netsuke, or intricate Japanese miniature sculpture, will be on display 22 September 3 December at Netsuke gallery (4 Kruglouniversytetska, office 1A).

Ukraine will be one of the first countries to host the Moments of Childhood: 60 Years after the War in Japan photo exhibition, details of which can be found on the website www.ua.emb-japan.go.jp

Beautiful calligraphy by internationally renowned artisan Ryuseki Morimoto will be on display at Khanenkiv Arts Museum (15-17 Tereshenkivska) 28 September 8 October.
The kitchen table will never be the same again if you pop down to the ikebana masterclass and learn how to arrange flowers Japanese style. Classes are on 6 October at 19.00 in Ukrainian House (2 Khreschatyk) and 7 October at the Ukrainian-Japanese Centre (37 Peremohy Prospect).

Tea ceremonies are a corner stone of traditional Japanese life, serving a religious as well as a social purpose. You can find out more about them by going to Ukrainian-Japanese Centre (37 Peremohy Prospect) 22 October.

Martial Arts
A masterclass in the ancient samurai art of kendo, which translates to the way of the sword will be held at KPI Sports Hall (37 Peremohy Prospekt) 23 September, with a Kendo tournament taking place the following day in the same venue.
Those who wish to live out their Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan fantasies might also like to check out the aikido masterclasses, which will include hands on training as well as information about the spiritual side of this Japanese budo. The aikido classes will take place 29 September 1 October at the Aikido Central Hall (6 Layosha Gavro).

In addition to the above events this coming season  of Japanese culture will include a special Go board game championship of the popular chess-like strategic game popular with post-graduates the world over as well as business seminars, a haiku contest and much, much more.

For further details go to the Japanese Embassys official web site at www.ua.emb-japan.go.jp
Yulia Volfovska 

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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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