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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 43 (2012)

43 (2012)/2012
23 November - 29 November
The Driving Force
Whats On wishes Winner Imports a very Happy 20th Birthday!

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A November Love Story - This Week
Under the Parisian Sky w/ Julien Dassin (France, musical) October Palace (Instytutska 1), 23 November at 19.00
Julien Dassin has recently produced a fabulous French love story in memory of his father, popular Franco-American singer, Joe Dassin, telling the tale of two French lovers in Paris during the 50s. The charming Florence Cost joins the cast, and together, the two take you on a journey to one of the most romantic cities in the world.


Bossa Nova Brings It - This Week
Brazil Bossa Nova Quartet (Brazil, bossa nova), Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy (Arkitekta Horodetskoho 1/3), 25 November at 19.00 
Bossa Nova is a style of music, which unites the melodies of Brazilian samba with the natural improvisation of North American Jazz. Its a genre so inspiring, the Brazil Bossa Nova Quartet was formed in its honour.


Charity Mission of Classical Music - This Week
Piano concert by Dmytro Sukhoviyenko (UA, piano), Autrium Lounge and Patisserie Fairmont Hotel (Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska 1), 25 November at 19.00
The Help The Children Charity Fund  charity is raising money to help fund the education of talented kids from all over the country, who come from disadvantaged families. Of those families, 33 children will benefit from the proceeds raised this evening, and hopefully go on to receive a good education in each of their given spheres.


Cut to the Quick - Kyiv Culture
Tokio frontman Yaroslav Maliy is busy these days. The band itself is still going strong, but Maliys solo project, Machete, is taking the music world by storm. With swoon-worthy ballads and a rabid female fan following, Maliy is doing better than ever.
Maliy is currently working on albums for both Tokio and the Machete project. His label, Machete Records, is gaining momentum and several records for promising up-and-comers are in the works. Whats On sat down with the hunky singer to talk business, music, and inspiration.


The Indies - Kyiv Kino
The American Independent Film Festival is back this week read on to find the film for you!


An IWCK Christmas - Ukraine Today
For foreigners and locals alike, the International Womens Clubs (IWCK) annual Christmas Bazaar is the crowning jewel of Kyivs holiday season. This year, the event takes on special significance as IWCK marks its 20th anniversary of charitable service. Whats On gets a behind-the-scenes peek as the club prepares to throw its biggest Holiday Bazaar yet!
A small group of likeminded women formed the organisation back in 1992. Since then, the club has expanded to a membership of over 300. These days, IWCK is a Kyiv institution.


The Worlds Most Desirable Man (hopefully) - On the Sofa with...
Name: Oleksandr Bogdanov; 
Age: 26;
Height: 178cm;
Languages: Ukrainian, English, Russian, Spanish;
This is the information you will find on the Mr World website about Ukraines entry this year. What it doesnt tell you is how warm, funny, innocent and completely unaware of what a good person Oleksandr really is. Competing for the title Worlds Most Desirable Man, hes up against 47 rather handsome odds. That hasnt seemed to deter him, however


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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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