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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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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What's On Archive 24 (2008)

24 (2008)/2008
27 June - 3 July

Atmospheric Ethno-Rock
Ukrainian band Dakha Brakha are creating a storm with their unique brand of funky folk



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Lets Get Together for the Annual All American Picnic! - Coming Soon

American Independence Day, Spartak Stadium (105 Frunze), 5 July at 16.00
The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine is pleased to once again organize the Annual American Independence Day Picnic in Kyiv which will be held on Saturday, July 5th. Please mark your calendars, as you will not want to miss this great family event that is not only fun but also raises money for worthy charities throughout Ukraine!

 



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Beethoven Gets Some Air - Coming Soon

The National Academic Symphony and Oles Semchuk play Beethoven (MariyinskyPark bandshell), 13 July at 19.00
Want a little Beethoven performed outside on a sweet summer evening? Now the National Academic Symphony orchestra featuring violin soloist Oles Semchuk invites everyone to listen to the great composer while evening falls and the lime-trees get all the more fragrant as dark comes down.



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The Happening - Kyiv Kino

Drama, USA, 2008
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel
This is a paranormal thriller in which a family must survive a global environmental crisis. The film portrays the earth's vegetation unleashing airborne neurotoxins that cause all those who breathe it to commit violent suicide. The protagonist, a science teacher named Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), goes on the run with his estranged wife (Zooey Deschanel) and friends as hysteria grips the planet.



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The Beautiful Carpathians! - This Week

Exhibition of paintings by Oleksiy Malyh, Tryptych gallery (34 Andriyivsky Uzviz), till 9 June
Oleksiy Malyh is a noted Ukrainian artist in whose work a CarpathianMountain theme has been present for decades, and now hes presenting a series of works called Beautiful Carpathians. Malyh offers viewers a new perspective on familiar landscapes, creating a weird, witty, lyrical natural world thats 100 percent Ukrainian.
For more information call 279-0759.



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Barcelona Band Play Kyiv - This Week

Brazzaville, Xlib Club (12 Frunze), 27 June at 22.00
The Barcelona rock band Brazzaville performs in an electro-ethnic style and combines elements of rock and American jazz with flute, violin, tuba and accordion sounds. Over their decade in existence theyve recorded seven albums, the most recent of which is called 21stCentury Girl. To support the album in question theyve toured Moscow, New York City, Istanbul, and Amsterdam, and now these suave Europeans are coming here.
For tickets call 417-3233.



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Ott Ends Concert Season - This Week

Gala final concert, National Philharmonic (2 Volodymyrsky Uzviz), 27 June at 19.00
The festive closing of the 144th concert season of the National Philharmonic promises to be a great event, as Alice Sara Ott, a fine German-Japanese pianist, is dropping in to perform Rakhmaninov. Ott has already performed in Kyiv several times and astonished everyone with her virtuosity. This is a concert worth checking out, as the Philharmonic goes out with a bang.
For more information call 278-1697.



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McCartney Has Left the Building, But His Pictures Remain - This Week

Paintings by Paul McCartney, PinchukArtCentre (1/3-2 Chervonoarmiyska/Basseyna), till 13 July
Paul McCartney visited Kyiv to give perhaps the biggest concert in the citys history, and also was kind enough to bring along 500 of his own paintings, now on display at the PinchukArtCentre. All the pictures are from Pauls personal collection (he never sold them off) and were painted between 1988-1999. Lets put it this way: hes a better painter than Rolling Stone Ron Wood, and not as good a painter as, say, Titian. Only the best for the PinchukArtCentre!
For more information call 590-0858.



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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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