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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.

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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.

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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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What's On Archive 1 (2008)

1 (2008)/2008
18 January - 24 JanuarySkate into 2008!
A fun winter sport you can do right in the heart of the city


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New Club Opens in Mandarin - Take me out!

At the end of last year a new club opened in Mandarin Plaza, right in the middle of the Bessarabka district, which has become the citys de facto clubbing capital. Clustered in this area youve got the venerable institution Arena, the more or less new Barsky, and Gienas, which recently opened in the renovated 112 space. And now comes the new Grotesque Club, which has just opened its doors to the public - but not for everyone in the public. First of all, the place is running some pretty serious facecontrol. The security guys are more than ready to check how you look and how much money youre likely to spend.



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January: Crucial Month in Ukrainian History - Ukraine History

January might be the quiet month when contemporary Ukraine sleeps off its holiday hangover, but historically its been an important one for the country. Whats On looked into three dates in January from the last century that proved very important for Ukraine. First there was 25 January, 1918, when the Ukrainian Peoples Republic announced its so-called Fourth Universal, which proclaimed independent Ukrainian statehood. (The document was actually dated 22 January, which sometimes causes confusion.) The Republic, of course, is beloved to the memory of Ukrainian patriots for being this historically subjugated countrys first real stab at ruling itself.



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A Very Safe New Year Party! - Kyiv Life

SAFE The nightclub Safe gathered a huge number of beautiful women and the hip guys who love them to wish each other a happy 2008 as the calendar turned on 31 December. There was a terrific show-programme hosted by DJ Davay featuring a performance by Moscow's X-Zone erotic ballet, songs from Zhenya Fokin (an old friend of Safe) and, of course, an appearance by Ded Moroz and Snegurochka. Safe has had a great reputation for years now and all the guests really appreciated the efforts of Nikolai Tischenko and his team, who really know how to throw a party. The next day there was an amusing VIP hangover party at which lots of bold-faced names made their appearance.

 Natalia Marianchyk



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A Great Painter - Kyiv Life

MYSTETSKY ARSENAL On 10 January a retrospective of paintings by Arkadia Olenska-Petryshyn, the Ukrainian Diaspora artist, opened in this stylish gallery in Pechersk. A resident of Canada and the USA, Olenska-Petryshyn returned to her ancestral Ukraine at the end of her life. The exhibition featured the artist's signature big, colour-drenched canvases. Olenska-Petryshyn, who died in the last decade, would have been pleased with this respectful show, which duly honoured an estimable member of the New York Group.

 Natalia Mariancbyk



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Local Popsters Launch New Single - Kyiv Life

CITY.COM STORE On 11 January there was a special presentation of the DJ Lutique&Kishe maxi-single 'So Much More'. The presentation gathered lots of fans who wanted to chat with the guys personally and pick up an autograph. Arena DJ Lutique and R'n'B singer and TV-host Kishe's song broke big last month, leading to the idea of a recording carrying stylish versions of the tune by Goshva, Pavliga, Streamteck and other top local producers. On the disc you can also find an R'n'B version by Max Chorny, who was on hand at the presentation. The event attracted many young female fans of the project.

 Natalia Mariancbyk



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A New Ukrainian Christmas Concert - Kyiv Life

PALACE SPORT The dates 10 and 11 January saw a cosy party called 'Our Christmas' occur at Palace Sport. The party, which featured lots of live music, was sponsored by President Yushchenko himself and featured big-name Ukrainian musicians like Taras Chubay, Oleg Skrypka, Pikardiyska Tercia, Tartak and more. There was also a special guest, American jazz guitar legend Al Di Meola, along with Ukrainian Christmas carols, national costumes, and ice-dancing. All in all the event showcased Ukrainian Christmas in the best possible light. The president attended with his family and the crowd contained lots of other politicians and businessmen. The only negative was that Palace Sport is too big and unromantic for such an event. Next year the organisers should find a smaller, warmer venue.

 Natalia Marianchyk



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Skating Rink Opens on Sofiyivska - Kyiv Life

SOFIYIVSKA PLOSCHA On 13 January the first municipal ice rink opened in the historical heart of Kyiv. The opening festivities included a speech by Deputy Mayor Anatoliy Golubchenko before the floor yielded to performances by figure skaters and hockey players. The rink is costing the City Council a big chunk of money (580,000 hryvnas), and would be impossible to keep going without the help of Ukrsibbank and other sponsors. Now all Kyivites can enjoy free figure skating until 15 March.

 Natalia Marianchyk



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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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