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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.


What's On Archive 40 (2009)

40 (2009)/2009
30 October - 5 November
Call the COPS!
Ukraine Fashion Week is over, and the Whats On fashion police were there

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This Week
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Dream Weaver, Maker, & All Around Dream Guy - On the Sofa with...
Born in Byelorussia, having worked in Kyiv and now considered one of the best TV hosts around, this cosmopolitan man moved to Moscow three months ago to take up his dream job on First Channel and now works under the Russian television master, Konstantin Ernst.
Finding his new responsibilities vast yet exciting, at the moment he is working on and is in fact in charge of a musical that will be aired during the upcoming New Year season. Dima Shepelov is busy, but not too busy to sit down with me for a chat; which is exactly what we did.


Screaming Metal - This Week
Amatory, 7Rasa, Flit (Russia, Ukraine, Alternative Metal), Bingo Club (Peremohy Pr. 112), 1 November at 17.00
Once all of the witches have gone back to hovering over their cauldrons, November will get a proper start with some harsh metal in Bingo Club. Russian Alternative Music Prize winner Amatory, have been touring Europe with their newest album, Loud and Sick and with a little help from their Russian counterparts 7Rasa, this evening will be all about some intense drive at a powerful pace.


Rollin with the Homies - This Week
Potap and Nastya Kamenskikh (R&B), Dream Town (Obolonskiy Pr. 1b), 31 October at 20.00
Had a look at this new shopping mall built in Obolon yet? Its size impresses just as much if not more than the upcoming performance of R&B idols Potap and Nastya Kamenskikh. Popping up in 2005, this stylin duet have forever since been the jokesters playing on words and generally making fun of show business and this Hallows Eve, the two have decided to play the Rollerdrome absolutely free!


From Dusk til Dawn - This Week
No Angels, A.R.M.I.Y.A., MC Kich & DJ Rio, Ciros Pomodoro (Shota Rustaveli 12), 31 October at 21.00
Celebrate Halloween at Ciros, taking it past the limit where for one night only, the No Angels duet plus plenty of girls from A.R.M.I.Y.A. will be ready to heat up the evening even further with their sizzling performance. After which, MC Kich and DJ Rio will play their jammin rhythms til late-late, for you to dance like its the last unholy night of your life. Nonstop fun will be had especially with the competitions theyve got planned, the prizes for which will only be the hardest of drinks all supplied for the biggest bash this month!


Making History - This Week
Todes Ballet, Palace of Ukraine (Chervonoarmiyska 103), 3 November at 19.00
It has oft been noted that the Todes Ballet, originating from Russia, has become successfully popular due to its professional work ethic, the high level of both choreographic as well as acting skills that can be found among its members, the amount of thought that goes into each number and the creative use of new technology that goes into all of their sets.


Fragments of a Lost Soul - This Week
Kurbas.Reconstruction by Tanzlaboratorium, Les Kurbas Centre (Volodymyrska 23B), 3 November at 20.00
Trying to survive among circumstances that have now changed, desperate attempts are made to find new ground and finding oneself  - especially existentially is never easy. This project is in dedication to the shooting of Director Les Kurbas, and one that may live to haunt your waking hours well after you have cast eyes upon its portrayal.


Red Forest - This Week
Exhibition of Paintings by the 20 Nominees up for the Pinchuk Art Center Award, Pinchuk Art Center (Chervonoarmiyska/Basseyna 1/3-2), 31 October 20 December
More and more young artists are working diligently not just to have their efforts seen and experienced by the admiring public but also, so that they may say they are the new and proud recipient of the Pinchuk Art Center Award. Out of a pool of 1,100 applicants, only these 20, all under the age of 35, have been chosen, the lucky winner of which will receive a 100,000hrv prize toward the development of future creative works.


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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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