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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 17 (2013)

17 (2013)/2013
10 May - 16 May
The world in Living Colour
Various films feature both in and out of the country this week 

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An Independent Army - This Week
Armia (UA, pop), Tolstoy Club (V Vasylkivska 19), 11 May at 22.00
Its no accident Ukrainian all-girl group Armia has picked 11 May to present their brand new solo programme Nezavisima (Independent). Exactly one year ago to the day, the foursome opted to leave producer Yuriy Nikitin in the dust and start on a happier, more successful and more independent way of life and work. It hasnt been easy, but the hard work has paid off come and see for yourselves at Tolstoy tonight.


Tourist Season Starts Now - This Week
Makhno Project (UA, dance music), Tolstoy Club (V Vasylkivska 19), 10 May at 22.00
With the release of their debut album Intourist, Kyiv-based Makhno Project opens the local tourist season. What started in 2010 as a simple duo featuring electro music, has quickly turned into a fabulous live gig adept at getting the crowd on their feet. Borrowing beats from house, funk and reggae interspersed with Latino and Balkan rhythms, Makhno Project is multilingual with tracks in Russian, Ukrainian, English and French.


A Festival of Experiments - This Week
Next Sound Festival (international, experimental electronic), Prostir (Belinskoho 5a), Architect House (B Hrinchenka 7) and Dovzhenko Film Studio (Peremohy 44), 16 18 May at 21.00
The Next Sound international festival of experimental music and video art brings many an interesting character to Kyiv this year. Among them are Austrian DJ Radian, German group Kammerflimmer Kollektief and Sweden DJ Tape, to name a few.


Sacred Music in Sacred Walls - This Week
Songs of Faith and Heaven (sacred a capella music) featuring Kyiv Symphony Chorus, St Volodymyrs Cathedral (Shevchenko Blvd 20), 15 May at 15.30
Whats On doesnt often announce sacred music events, but this time its a pretty special occasion Christian masterpieces will be performed a capella in one of the most fascinating of cathedrals in Kyiv, St Volodymyr. The Kyiv Symphony Chorus is recognised the world over as a highly professional and deeply spiritual choir. So regardless of your religious beliefs, or lack thereof, this concert will be a grand celebration of sound, thanks in part to the acoustics of the cathedral. See you this Wednesday.


Exotic World in Kyiv - This Week
Desert World collection of reptiles and desert animals, Dreamtown (Obolonskiy Pr 1b), Kyiv Museum of Nature (B Khmelnytskoho 15), Kyiv Zoo (Peremohy 32), Ongoing
Ekzoland is a new concept in educational entertainment for children, introducing rare species of animals, birds and reptiles. The umbrella project includes three remote locations throughout Kyiv at Dreamtown, Kyiv Museum of Nature and the Kyiv Zoo.


Kofman Gathers Friends - This Week
A Week of High Classical Music with Roman Kofman (international, classical music festival), Lavra Gallery (Lavrska 1), 11 18 May
The return of well-known Ukrainian conductor Roman Kofman from Germany in 2008, where he was the head director of music for all of Bonn, was brought about by a desire to put an end to all of the bad times in his home country. Good to his word, a festival of music is planned for this week, to include world famous musicians, such as Poles Janush Oleniychak and Agata Szymchevska.


Ukrainian Photographers Members of the Royal Photographic Society (UK) - This Week
Exhibition of photographic works by Ukrainian artists, Mystets Gallery (V Vasylkivska 12), 14 20 May
Ukraine and the World is an international project launched by Ann Gallery late last year, which features Ukrainian photographers Andriy Kotlyarchuk, Yuriy Sanin, Valentyna Yesipova, Anatoliy Kovalsky and Vitaliy Zaporozhchenko. Presented now at Mystets Gallery in Kyiv, it will be transported to the Embassy of Ukraine in London, UK in June.


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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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