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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 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.


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.


Coming Soon
‘Independence Day with Makhno’, Underground Literary and Music Festival, Tent City at Gulyai–Pole (Zaporozhska oblast), 23-24 August

To today’s thinking and patriotic Ukrainians, Makhno’s anarchist principles are celebrated as an expression of the country’s freedom loving democratic zeitgeist, a modern manifestation of the Cossack spirit and as such this underground literary and music festival is more a celebration of Ukraine, and Orange Ukraine in particular, than a socialist call to arms for rural revolution.
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Miss Sun City beauty contest, Sun City, Semi-Final 19 August, Grand Final 26 August

The temperature over at Gydropark is set to sore to 100 degrees sexy Celsius this August, when Sun City hosts its annual beauty pageant. Forty tanned temptresses will take the stage 19 August in the tournaments semi-final, with those twenty who impress the judges through a combination of looks, charm, grace, and witty repartee going on to compete in the final a week later.

Miss Sun City beauty contest, Sun City, Semi-Final 19 August, Grand Final 26 August

The temperature over at Gydropark is set to sore to 100 degrees sexy Celsius this August, when Sun City hosts its annual beauty pageant. Forty tanned temptresses will take the stage 19 August in the tournament’s semi-final, with those twenty who impress the judges through a combination of looks, charm, grace, and witty repartee going on to compete in the final a week later. Miss Sun City is one of the most eagerly anticipated pageants in a land which truly loves its beauty contests, and as such the event is always attended by members of the smart set, the female members of which wouldn’t look out of place walking the catwalk, declaring their love for animals, and hoping for world peace themselves. For more information call: 469-3836

Ukrainian Premier League, Dynamo Kyiv vs. Kryvbas, Dynamo Stadium, 5 August at 17.00

Watching Dynamo take apart an inferior, underfinanced team, whilst bathing in the sunshine and being hemmed in by discarded sunflower seed husks is one of life’s true pleasures and they don’t come much more inferior or underfinanced than Kryvbas, a side teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and tipped by many to be going down. Dynamo will be buoyed by their recent 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Shakhtar in the Ukrainian Super Cup and with young gun Artem Milevsky recently signing a new contract which will keep him with the capital club till 2010, things are looking up for Eastern Europe’s most successful club; providing they don’t play Kleber that is. Tickets are available from ticket offices by the Dynamo Stadium.

Ukrainian World Forum, Kyiv, 18-20 August

1730 representatives speaking for the estimated twenty million Ukrainians currently living around the world will gather in Kyiv to discuss the state of the Ukrainian nation in its broadest sense. The summit is the fourth of its type and has been instigated by the Ukrainian government, which is looking to strengthen ties with the diaspora. Civil liberties, employment opportunities, education, and culture will be amongst some of the subjects debated with President Yuschenko also expected to give his five kopeks worth.

Ring racing, Chaika, 12-13 August

Red-hot rookies and wily veterans will drive turbocharged motors of various classes around Chaika in series of races. The popularity of race car driving continues to grow in Ukraine, as people look to a sport which is exciting, glamorous, and confirmation of their bank accounts, and this meeting should gather not only those in the motor-know but others interested in making a purchase and fans eager to get a whiff of petrol.

Medovy Spas (Honey Spas), exhibition-fair, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and churches across town, 14-20 August, Apple Spas 29 August, and Nut Spas 29 August

The traditional Orthodox holiday of Medovy Spas is celebrated every 14 August and this year Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra will mark the date with a large Spas fair from 14-20 August. Spas has its roots in pagan festivities but in an effort to bury this idolatrous past the early Church chose the date as the time to celebrate the mass baptism of Rus by Volodymyr the Great in 988.

DJ Smash performs at What’s On Ibiza Party, Sun City, 4 August

An eye for the fashionable as well as the profitable, Russia’s DJ Smash is able to please Moscow’s ultra-trendy clubbers with innovative sets while also helping make songs from such disco dinosaurs as Alla Pugacheva and Filip Kirkorov somewhere approaching passable thanks to savvy remixes.

Photography by Bogdan Zvir, Ra gallery (32 Khmelnitskoho) 28 July – 10 August

A regular in photographic magazines, Bogdan Zvir is a specialist in a style best as described as photo-painting. The St. Petersburg photographer creates beautiful and surreal subjects such as a child sitting on a large kiwi, and a girl carrying a suitcase with tails sticking out, and then ‘polishes’ them with a sepir finish to form an image strongly reminiscent of those produced in Northern Europe during the sixteenth century. To find out more call the gallery on 235-3619.

‘Vasya Club’ in concert, Docker Pub (9 Bogatyrska) 28 July at 22.00

Concerts at chic spit and sawdust Docker Pub are never dull affairs thanks to the venue’s well refreshed clientele and the management’s relaxed stance on patrons dancing on tables and letting it all hang out. The Vasya Club should offer more of the same, with the bands sing-a-long repertoire of Ukrainian folk, city chanson, blues, and rock-and-roll being ideal for those looking to get the weekend off to a flying start. Tickets are 25hrv, for more information call Docker Pub on 451-8528.
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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.


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