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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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Motorhead (UK, hardnheavy), Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119), 27 July at 19.00
Though theyve been going for nearly 40 years, the boys of Londons Motorhead show no signs of stopping. Releasing most recent album number 22, Aftershock, just last year, Kyiv audiences will be happy with the chance to catch them live in July after cancelling last summers gig.
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Don Quixote (ballet in four acts) featuring Sergey Polunin (RU) and Ekaterina Kirsanova (RU), National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50), 24 April at 19.00
Twenty-four-year-old Ukraine-born ballet prodigy Sergey Polunin has already earned worldwide fame due to his intense, charismatic and ambitious talent. The youngest ever premier of the London Royal Ballet (2010) and principal dancer of Moscow-based Stanislavsky Music Theatre, he invariably thrills audiences with his superb aptness and expressive dance style in performing both classical and contemporary pieces.

Patrick Wolf (UK, acoustic, jazz), Yunist Club (Artema 37-41), 5 April at 19.00
In celebration of his 30th birthday last year, British musician Patrick Wolf presented acoustic programme SunDark and Riverlight at Jazz Koktebel in Crimea. For those who didnt make it down to Ukraines biggest and best annual festival of jazz, he brings the same musical stylings on 5 April.
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Illaria (UA, pop, folk), House of Officers (Hrushevskoho 30/1), 22 March at 19.00
Illaria presents her newest album, 13 Month, replete with contemporary versions of ancient Ukrainian folk songs, this March at House of Officers. Debuting in 2007, her first album Vilna (Free) was out within three years, music from which secured her the Chervona Ruta Music Festival award for Best Experimental Music.

Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet (GE), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 78 March at 19.00
The great Italian tenor Caruso once achieved nine curtain calls, however these hot-tempered Georgian dancers beat his record with 14 encores at a La Scala performance in Milan, landing them in the Guinness Book of Records.

Oleksiy Omelyanchuk (UA, piano), Besednizza (Tarasa Shevchenko 7/1), 28 February at 20.00
On the last day of winter, pianist Oleksiy Omelyanchuk will tinkle the ivories at Kyivs cosy Besednizza café. Playing contemporary minimalist music by his own hand as well as by composers Italian Ludovico Einaudi, Japanese Ryuichi Sakamoto and Spanish Jose Maria Cano, youre in for an international evening of auditory delight.

Schiller (DE, trance, ambient), Freedom Concert Hall (Frunze 134), 2 March at 19.00
While you may not know what youre doing next month, German DJ Christopher von Deylen does: hell be playing some killer sets at Freedom. Known better by his stage name, Schiller was once a DJ duo, turned solo in 2007. With his seventh and most recent release Sonne appearing on shelves just last year, this ambient music man shows no signs of stopping.

Exhibition of artworks by Andriy Sahaidakovsky (UA, artist), Ya Gallery Art Centre (Khoryva 49b), 12 March 8 April at 10.0019.00 (closed Sundays)
Long to take a romantic stroll in the forest with your sweetheart? Youll need to wait until the arrival of spring, but only just, as Ya Gallerys upcoming exhibition by Lviv-born Andriy Sahaidakovsky reveals Walking Along Forest Paths. Presenting original oil-paintings-on-carpets, this concrete jungle recluse breathes fresh air in his newest series of works, which invite you to take a virtual trip to a wild wood...

The Best of Image featuring Black Light Theatre (CZ, magic), House of Officers (Hrushevskoho 30/1), 19 March at 19.00
What happens when the lights go off? Well, in this case, magic! Illuminated by spotlights, people and objects appear out of thin air and vanish just as easily, they fly high over the heads of those seated below, and they grow and shrink in size.

Holiday on Clown Island featuring To Li Luidi, To Li Kukly (IL, RU, UA, comic puppet theatre), Kyiv Conservatory (Horodetskoho 1-3/11), 23 March at 12.00 and 15.00
Holiday on Clown Island is among the perkiest of shows among the repertoire of comic puppet theatre To Li Lyudi, To Li Kukly (Whether People or Puppets). Having won the hearts of adults and children in major cities such as Rome, Paris, Beijing, and Tel-Aviv, the clowns land at Kyivs Conservatory this March, taking your family on a journey to a magical island of live puppets.

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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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