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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.


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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Folksy Yulia Shines as Election Campaign Officially Begins! - Whats Up?

After almost a month of technically illegal party politicking on TV the election campaign for the 30 September parliamentary vote finally got underway 2 August with all the major parties gathering for congresses where they settled party candidate lists and issued battles cries for the campaign ahead.


Ukraines Booming Internet Bride Bazaar - Kyiv Today

While the number of Ukrainian ladies looking for international love on the internet is still far higher than the figures for potential Western husbands, the figure is slowly dropping as conditions improve in Ukraine and globalisation offers increased opportunities to live and work abroad independently. Because they see themselves as extremely feminine and beautiful our ladies are used to dominating communication with American men more so than with other nationalities.


International Book Festival - This month

Book fair/exhibition, the Ukrainian House (2 Khreshchatyk vul), 21-23 August from 10.00 till 18.00

The Ukrainian broadcasting committee is going to hold the third Kyiv International Book Fair/Exhibition in which both home and foreign publishing houses and printing and distribution companies will participate. There will be presentations from publishing houses and printers, book−signings and readings from authors, and Shevchenko prize−winner Yuriy Kovaliv will present his 2 new volumes of his literary encyclopedia. The event will of course give everyone the chance to discuss their favourite literary works and issues concerning the book market both at home and abroad. For more information call 278−35−90.

Lively Electronica - This month

LUK in concert, Yalta, Massandra beach, Siam Paradise restaurant, 11 August at 20.00
LUK are probably the best electronica performers from Kharkiv, who claim they are actually aliens who have learned Ukrainian and that their music is much−loved by Sunday shoppers in the humanoid supermarkets on Mars that sell only balloons. This imaginative band employ a variety of modern styles which they combine with a fantastic live performance creating a sound and visual feast that is truly their own. LUK have been creating music since 1999 and are now one of the best−loved bands in Ukraine.

Young Ukrainian Jazz - This month

Markov Brothers Band in concert, Arena Entertainment (2a Baseyna), 15 August at 20.00
Markov Brothers is a new Ukrainian jazz project of the young but very talented musicians Oleg Markov on drums, saxophonist Sergiy Markov, Ilja Alabuzhev on bass and Dmytry Kovalenko on guitar. They will be presenting their new approach to world jazz at Arena Entertainment on 15 August. Tickets are 50hry. For more information call 492−00−00.

Photographic Satire of Modern Ukrainian Politics - This month

Patriot Games of joint photo project by Borys Mikhailov and Mykola Ridny and Ukrainian gothic project by Myrkola Ridny, Collection gallery (8 Pankivska), from 6 September       
Young and creative artist Mykola Ridny has teamed up with photography veteran Borys Mikhailov in a project satirising the Ukrainian political situation and business interests. Dressed in blue and orange, the two artists are seen poking fun at the elite and their positioning of the country in a global context. Another part of the exhibition by Mykola Ridny shows alternative youths dressed in gothic black who are students at a Soviet style technical college. Mykola syas this symbolises the modern life in Ukraine where experimental innovations is set against a Soviet background. For more information call 287−3766

Historic Conversion of Rus - This month

Grand Concert, Spivoche Pole (near Kyiv Pechersk Lavra), 12 August at 18.00
Over 1,000 years ago, on 14 August 988 AD, Volodymir the Great converted the great Kyiv Rus nation to Christianity, abandoning the countrys pagan past forever, most notably by driving the statue of the ancient pagan idol Perun on a cart down to the Dnipro at Vydubychy, whipping it all the way before tossing it in the river. Kyiv Rus was christened and the era of Christianity commenced for the Slavic people. The anniversary of this great event will be met with a special festival which will focus on cultural, charitable and theological events, and there will also be an open−air concert at Spivoche Pole where bands such as Braty Karamazovy, DDT, and Nina Katamadze will take to the stage. Entrance is free. For more information go to www.unian.net.

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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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