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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.


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7 (2014)/2014
28 February - 6 March
Tunnelling Towards Hope

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Darkness, Flames and The Screams of My Soul - Ukraine Today
I dont think anyone slept that night. When I learned of the metro closing, I didnt think about how I was going to get home. And it wasnt about trying to look patriotic or empathic it was about a new way of thinking, thinking not only about myself.
The reason it was closed, a reality that has already become quite customary, was clear. In fact its closure occurs so often these days it might make sense to include it in some kind of weekly schedule.


Nebesna Sotnya - Ukraine Today
Died before 18 February
Pavlo Mazurenko, 41, Lviv
Yuriy Verbytskiy, 50, Lviv
Serhiy Nihoyan, 20, Bereznuvatovka
Mykhailo Zhyznevskiy, 25, Belarus
Roman Sennyk, 45, Turka
Bohdan Kalinyak, 52, Kolomyia
Serhiy Sinenko, (age not specified), Zaporizhya


Musical Mathematicians - This Week
Tera Melos (US, experimental rock), Underground Music Hall (Moskovskiy Pr 13v), 28 February at 19.00
American experimental rockers Tera Melos are going to throw you for a loop with their atypical rhythmic structures and odd-time signatures. Their style is characteristic of math rock, a musical genre that emerged in the late 80s influenced by bands Genesis, The Police, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and others.


The Unforgiven - This Week
Within Temptation (NL, symphonic metal), Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119), 6 March at 19.00
Formed in 1996 by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, this sixsome went straight to work on first album Enter, and in so doing entered the Netherlands music scene. Headed to Kyiv this week in the course of their European tour, dedicated to the 2011 release of album number five The Unforgiven, the group has already released three songs which will appear on their next album Hydra to appear on shelves later this year.


An Electric Game - This Week
Ukrainian Premier League Dynamo vs Shaktar, Olimpiyskiy Stadium (V Vasylkivska 55), 2 March at 19.30
The 19th round of the Ukrainian Premiere League kicks off over the weekend with the capitals favourite club Dynamo Kyiv going head to head with hardcore competitors Shaktar Donetsk. Considering the tensions in the country as of late, this will undoubtedly be an electric game of football.


Get Comfortable - This Week
The Most Expensive Commercials of 2014, KinoPanorama (Shota Rustaveli 19), 28 February 2 March at 20.00
Year on year, more than half of the US population is confined to their television screens watching one of the biggest annual sporting events the Super Bowl. Besides the sport played on the day, some of the richest companies in the world shower millions on 30-second commercials during this American football final, with a total of $292 million spent in 2013 alone.


A Spacey Threesome - This Week
Next Session 3 featuring Groupshow (DE, electro), Art Centre Closer (Nyzhneyurkivska 31), 28 February at 22.00
Groupshow is a trio of musicians and producers from Berlin who keep their audiences intrigued with smart mixtures of samples thanks to Jan Jelinek. Add to that percussion and drums care of Andrew Pekler, while Hanno Leichtmann adds to the groove with his console steel guitar and synthesiser.


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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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