|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 8 (2010)|
5 March - 11 March
We Love You All!
Take me out!
Castaway in Kyiv
On the Sofa with...
|Vadym Eilenkig in Concert (jazz) - This Week|
hall (Frunze 134), 4 March at
James Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti.. Do
those names sound familiar to you? If yes, then do not make plans for the 4th
of March. Vadym Eilenkrig, grand-prix Euro-Jazz Contest winner, trumpet player
of the world famous Ihor Butman Big-Band is presenting his first album ‘The
Shadow of Your Smile’. Moreover, during the evening there will be a charity
action paintings provided by Bosko Gallery.
|From THE EDITOR (8) - Editorial|
Women! It’s Women’s Day this week, so (on top of Valentine’s Day, birthdays, names days etc etc) we have to celebrate (yet again) women! Why? Because they’re women, which is apparently a big achievement, albeit one that 50% of the world’s population somehow manages to achieve. But let’s put all such talk aside and do what we’re supposed to do, celebrate women. Well, they’re nice, aren’t they? As far as form goes, no artist has come close to creating anything so perfect, and the same can be said of nature. No landscape on earth, sculpture or painting compares to the magnificent beauty of the female form. And Ukrainian women, apparently, are the most beautiful women on the planet. So we’re very lucky to be men living in Ukraine. Of course, form is one thing, but form in itself is nothing, and the beauty of a truly beautiful woman can be found on the inside.
|Bookstore Falls Foul of Corporate Raid? - Whats Up?|
Everyone who loves literature will be very familiar with Syaivo, the bookstore at the beginning of Chervonoarmyiska, which has always stocked a great selection of books in English. But if you’ve passed by there recently, you’ll have found it closed with two huge ancient trucks sitting out front spilling oil and diesel all over the pavement and an army of thugs dressed head to toe in black ‘guarding’ its entrance.
|Yanukovych Gets in Bed With the EU! - Whats Up?|
The political world is a very interesting thing that sometimes is impossible to comprehend and predict, and in this instance it seems to go beyond the realms of feasibility and credulity.
Of course, it’s early days yet, but could it be possible that ‘Russian leaning’ Yanukovych could actually bring Ukraine into the EU fold when five years of ‘pro-western’ Yushchenko failed to do so?
|The Best What’s On Women over the Past Year - Kyiv Culture|
As all men in the country, as well as many parts of the world, must know by now, International Women’s Day is not so far around the corner and whether you’re a new-comer to our little corner of the planet or not, what you should be planning this Monday 8 March is a large array of presents, presents and more presents. Here at What's On we thought it was an excellent time to pay tribute to the most important women in our lives - our cover models. So here is our top covers from the past year, with our top girls. Men and ladies alike, rejoice at their beauty and charm!
|Strange Personality Hits Kyiv Club - This Week|
Nayk Borzov (pop, rock), Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44B), 6 March at 22.00
Playing punk and absolute nonsense music even in his childhood, Nikolai Borzov wanted to make sure people understood that he disagreed with many of the ways the world worked even at such a young age. But realising that putting those thoughts into something a little more organised might help him along, he released his first full-length CD in 1992, has put out 11 others since then, and has even been banned from Russian radio stations for his lyrics which are rebellious yet philosophical.
|Coming At Last - This Week|
Rammstein (Germany, industrial), International Exhibition Centre (Brovarsky Pr. 15), 9 March at 19.00
The reason for their imminent arrival? A new album! Released 16 October, 2009, Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da, contains lyrics that will shock and music that will guarantee a knock at your door from even the best neighbours. Germany’s Rammstein has often been diagnosed as insane but now with album number six under their belts, their signature madness is even better honed. Come on out this week and check out their latest show which is sure to be reminiscent of those crazy concerts of the past – only better!
|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.