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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 9|
16 March - 22 March
Glamour Galore as Kyiv Fashion Week Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Just a Minute
On the Sofa with...
|Festival of Iranian Kino - Essential Kyiv|
Films with English subtitles, Odessa Kino (3 Prospekt Peremogy), 3 March – 5 May at 16.00
Iranian kino at the end of the 20th Century is considered by many experts to have been a real cultural phenomenon, and the movies are described as being intelligent with clever dialogue and a very specific form of humour. Iranian movies have become very popular at international movie festivals, especially those tending to turn their backs on everything American. It has been said that there is not a single bad Iranian film, and starting from this week you have the unique opportunity of verifying this fact for yourself every Saturday at Odessa Kino. For more information go to www.ariaskif.com.ua.
|Ukraine’s First Parliament - Just a Minute|
The first Central Rada of Ukraine was founded in Kyiv 90 years ago on 17 March 1917 in the wake of the Tsar’s abdication, and its confused and chaotic brief history offers many mirrors on the political games that continue to dog the countryr’s progress nearly a century later. The Central Rada was an All-Ukrainian governmental body that united political, community, cultural and professional organisations under one general banner at a time of national awakening. After the All-Ukrainian National Congress (April 17-21 1917), the Rada became a revolutionary parliament based in today’s Teacher’s House (pictured) that supported and directed the Ukrainian national movement and, by the four Universals, led Ukraine to a declaration of independence for the first time in history, albeit short-lived.
|Quote of the Week - Just a Minute|
‘I’m not the president. I don’t represent the whole country. I only represent my genre.” Drag act Verka Serdyuchka answers critics who balked at the singer winning the Ukrainian Eurovision nomination following TV and all-star panel voting last week. Verka’s alter ego Andriy Danilko then proclaimed that once he returns from Eurovision he is ready to enter politics as a member of the Ukrainian parliament, which is clearly in need of one more clown. “Why not? I can fight as well as them and I think I could block the speaker’s platform,” the performer joked.
|Headline of the Week - Just a Minute|
‘Critics Call Russian Elections One-Sided’. The Western press reacts to the latest attempts at Managed Democracy in Putin’s Russia with mild disbelief and a large portion of disinterest last weekend as loyal ‘opposition’ parties battled it out for the right to do the Kremlin’s bidding in regional parliamentary elections that saw any genuine opposition refused the right to participate.
|Statistic of the Week - Just a Minute|
Almost 90% of Ukrainians are in favour of abolishing the immunity enjoyed by parliamentary deputies, according to a survey carried out by Kyiv’s Institute of Administrative Problems. 89.2% of the over 2000 people polled said that VR Deputies should be stripped of their immunity, which allows them to escape all criminal prosecutions and acts as a magnet towards criminal elements looking to protect themselves from possible brushes with the law. Political observers have likened the current system to that favoured by the Italian American mafia, wherein members are ‘Made’ and become untouchables within the criminal fraternity. As a result party lists are littered with dubious personalities looking for the protection from scutiny that a seat in parliament guarantees.
|Dakh Director - On the Sofa with...|
Gifted Director of the Dakh Theatre company Vlad Troitsky just came back from a tour to London with his brilliant play ‘Macbeth. Prologue’ which created a real furor when it was staged in Ukraine. Developing the theatre in two directions – the ethno-cultural and philosophical – Vlad is looking forward to getting a big stage to perform on.
|Calendar - Calendar|
IV Kyiv International Music Festival 2007 Symphonic Orchestra Friday 16 March at 19.00 National Philharmonic Information tel. 278-16-97
Iryna Kalynovska (organ) Saturday 17 March at 19.00 House of Organ and Chamber House Information tel. 528-31-86
IV Kyiv International Music Festival 2007 Bach’s symphonies by the Ukrainian National Orchestra Sunday 18 March at 19.00 National Philharmonic Information tel. 278-16-97
Choral and Symphony Music Monday 19 March at 19.00 National Philharmonic Information tel. 278-16-97
The Art of the Piano Performance Tuesday 20 March at 19.00 National Philharmonic Information tel. 278-16-97
Chamber Ensemble’s Art of Brass and Percussion Performance Wednesday 21 March at 19.00 National Philharmonic Information tel. 278-16-97
Iryna Harechko (organ) Wednesday 21 March at 19.00 House of Organ and Chamber House Information tel. 528-31-86
Violin and Violoncello Music Thursday 22 March at 19.00 National Philharmonic Information tel. 278-16-97
|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.