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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 Celebration of Cultural Dialogue and Colourful CommUNI0N

This week Kyivites will have the opportunity to experience a stunning live performance of classical sounds from the Subcontinent as the Year of Indian Culture in Ukraine raises the bar with a concert to mark the Deevali Festival of Light and Bliss. The event, which will also mark the anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations, has been dubbed a dialogue of cultures, and features performances from both Hindu and Muslim stars. Percussion and flute magic will be on the agenda as two established stars of traditional Indian music delight the Ukrainian audience with a rare and truly world class offering.


 This cultural highlight is the latest offering from the Nakashatra Indian Theatre of Kyivs Shevchenko University, which has been capitalising on the popularity of Indian culture in Ukraine for the past few years by organising major events such as dance festivals and musical gatherings. Nothing Nakashatra has yet organised can come close to this spectacular coup, however, and the presence of such big names makes this a must for fans of ethnic music and Indian aficionados alike. Aashish Khan is a master of traditional Indian instrumental music and has been honoured all over the world for his contributions and work on the soundtracks of many Hollywood classics such as The Man Who Would be King. A Passage to India and Gandhi among others. He has also collaborated with such giants of the world music stage as George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Khan comes from a musical background and is the grandson of legendary musician Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan Sahib, and began performing live at an early age. He also boasts a long involvement in music-related cultural exchanges, having been among the participants of the 1961 East West Encounter music festival in Tokyo.

 The highlight of the evening looks set to be the perfomance by Pandit Ronu Majumdar, a world-renowned master of the Indian flute. Majumdar plays an unusually long instrument, which he explains he fashioned himself in order to allow him to reach the low notes and extend his already phenomenal range. Majumdar used two pieces of bamboo to create the instrument after being unable to find a single piece of sufficient length. The 1996 Grammy nominee will be switching among four different flutes during his Kyiv performance and creating a harmony of flute play that is considered without equal in the world today. His music is a mix of the ultra-traditional and the modern, with a certain element of fusion as a result of the great mans many years of creative interaction with musicians from all over the world. This has allowed him to provide music for apparently non-Indian ventures such as the sound track to hit movie Primary Colours while also working on major Indian movies. He remains, however, first and foremost an unrivalled exponent of the ancient art of Indian flute, and anyone with an interest in the culture of the Subcontinent or simply a passion for world music should make this concert essential viewing.


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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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