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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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43 (2012)/2012
23 November - 29 November
The Driving Force
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The Time is Now - Coming Soon
22:22 Event (international, ambient, dance) Fafastudio (Frunze 160/20), 1 December at 23.00
Come the beginning of December, Russian producer, composer and DJ Daniil Vavilov will be among the young and upwardly mobile of Kyiv society. Best known for his collection of Into the Deep podcasts, featuring transient electronica and melodic drum and bass, tonight hell be showcasing a dynamic mix of fast beats and measured rhythms in project Bulb.


VV Venerable and Vivacious - Coming Soon
Vopli Vidoplyasova (UA, rock, folk), Tolstoy Club (V Vasylkivska 19), 1 December at 22.00
The first day of winter brings with it a fabulous reason to get out and celebrate an acoustic, unplugged and interactive session with Ukraines first rockers, VV. First appearing back in 1987, Vopli Vidoplyasova shook up the local music market with their innovative and unique folk rock sound.


Number 11? - Coming Soon
Splean (Russia, pop-rock) Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 1), 30 November at 19.00
Formed in 1994, these guys, whose name is indeed that organ that filters your erythrocytes (among other things), have been a top Russian band for years. Their 10th and most recent album, Signal From Space, was released more than three years ago and has had fans wondering when, or even if, there would be another LP.


Better Than Yesterday - Coming Soon
Lion (UA, rap) Forsage (Harmatna 51a), 1 December at 18.00
Ukrainian rapper Serhiy Demyanko, also known as Lion, has finally put the finishing touches on his third album, Better Than Yesterday; tracks from which he wants to share with Kyivs nightlifers. Born and raised in Kharkiv, Demyanko moved to the capital in 2006, where he found new opportunities to work and create. Receiving the Showtime HipHop/RnB Award in 2008, he went on to represent Ukraine at hip hop festival Splash in 2009.


Kolyada is Coming! - Coming Soon
Medvin Christmas Book Market KyivExpoPlaza (Salyutna 2b), 6 8 December at 10.00 19.00
The Medvin Book Market opens again this holiday season. In addition to the sale of books, the weekend promises three full days of literary meetings, readings, culinary master classes from modern Ukrainian writers, handmade master classes, plus many more attractions for both children and adults.


Tsoi Is Back - Coming Soon
Symphony Kino w/ Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra (Russia) Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 22 December at 19.00
Viktor Tsoi died in a car accident in 1990 and his band Kino has since broken up, yet he remains a true legend when it comes to Russian rock. Celebrating what would have been his 50th birthday this year, his son, along with well-known Russian composer Ihor Vdovin, is presenting a very special project Symphony Kino.


Big Jazz From Big Musicians - Coming Soon
Kyiv Big Band (UA, jazz) Tolstoy Club (V Vasylkivska 19), 7 December at 22.00
The Kyiv Big Band, featuring some of the countrys best jazz musicians, have long since proved themselves as a musical force to be reckoned with. Next up on their roster is a concert at Kyivs newest concert hall, Tolstoy, for which they have prepared a programme of popular jazz standards as well as some compelling original 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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