|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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 ¹ 1 (2010)|
15 January - 21 January
The Year of the Tiger Begins!
We wish all our readers a great 2010!
Take me out!
Castaway in Kyiv
On the Sofa with...
|B is for Birthday and Bro - Coming Soon|
DJ Bro’s Birthday Party, Heaven Club (Hrinchenka 7), 30 January at 23.00
Having made a great name for himself playing fab DJ sets in all of the Kyiv clubs, he’s one of the coolest and hottest club DJs in Ukraine. Not catering to one specific style, DJ Bro is good at all of them, pumping out progressive and electro right on through to break and tech-house; making this guy pretty popular with the capital’s party animals.
|Breaking all the Rules - Coming Soon|
Dima Bilan (Pop), Palace Ukraine (Chervonoarmiyska 103), 5 February at 19.00
Dima Bilan is a Russian singer who, while taking second place at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, then came back in 2008 to win the whole she-bang. An honour, incidentally, Russia had never experienced before. And now with such status, Dima is considered quite the sex god by many of the younger folk which is thanks not only to the sass in his appearance, but also, it seems the boy can actually sing!
|A Night of Spicy International Salsa - Kyiv Culture|
Salsa has to be one of the fastest growing dance movements in the world, and it is proving especially popular here in Ukraine. In Kyiv these days there must be about as many salsa schools as there are aptekas and clubs playing this particular style of music are full to bursting with sexy young men and woman bumping and grinding to these cool Latina grooves. The country even has its first live salsa band, Dislocados, who play twice a week at Kyiv’s most long-lived and popular Latin American club, the Caribbean, and who will be staging a concert in Galleria Lavra on 23 January to which they’ve invited one of the world’s best known Salsa musicians. I caught up with the Dislocados’ band leader Ilya Yeresko to find out what they have in store for Kyiv’s salsa lovers.
|Going Out With My Friends - Take me out!|
My friends, mi amigos, mi amici, mes amis? English, Spanish, Italian or French… Whatever language you choose, the real meaning behind those two simple words never really changes. To me, sensations of a warm and simple atmosphere with those close to your heart are envisioned whenever I think of Mi Amici, and that’s exactly what I get upon stepping through the doors of this restaurant with the same name.
|The Book of Eli - Kyiv Kino|
Directed by Albert Hughes
Action, Adventure, Drama USA 2010
Starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis
In post-apocalyptic 2043, a lone hero, Eli (Washington), travels across the wasteland that was once America guarding the Book of Eli; a source which provides knowledge that could someday redeem society and the source of all its pain. He is looking only for peace, but in a land where there is no longer law, no longer civilisation, peace is more than likely one of the last things he will find.
|Sherlock Holmes - Kyiv Kino|
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Action, Adventure, Crime USA 2009
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong
In 1891 London, Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Law) race to prevent a human sacrifice ritual conducted by Lord Blackwood (Strong). Holmes and Watson stop the sacrifice just in time and neutralise Lord Blackwood, after which the police, led by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), arrive and arrest him.
|A Christmas Carol - Kyiv Kino|
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Animation, Family USA 2009
Voices of Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.