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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.


This month

Miss Sun City, Gydropark, Venetian Beach, 18 and 25 August
Thirty beautiful ladies will come together on one stage when they battle it out in the 6th annual Miss Sun City beauty competition. The winners will not only receive the title of most beautiful summer ladies, but will also walk away with some fabulous prizes. Don’t miss the chance of seeing some of the hottest women around and get yourself down to Sun City for the semi−final on 18 August and the grand final on 25 August. For reservation call 8−050−469−3836.


Music fans will be excited to learn that the legendary Sir Elton John is coming to Kyiv this month to perform a charity concert aimed at raising AIDS awareness among Ukrainians. As well as singing the blues the iconic Englishman will also be bringing with him samples from his extensive personal photo art collection.

Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘Swan Lake’ has been interpreted in numerous ways throughout the years, but never like this! Combining classic dance and circus acrobatics, Shanghai Ballet has created a spectacular show that will astound Kyivites with its fresh new approach to this ancient tale.

Generations.UsA, Pinchuk Art Centre, (Arena, 1-3/2A Chervonoarmiyska/Basseina), starts 19 January
Urban art from some of the rawest and most creative talents in both Ukraine and America will go on display at contemporary arts epicentre the Pinchuk Art Centre next January. From paint− ing and graffiti to video and multimedia instillations, the exhibition represents the latest trends in both established and outsider art, with curators Peter Doroshenko (USA) and Alexander Solovyov (Ukraine) looking to firmly put the emphasis on youth at the start of the New Year. Representing Ukraine will be a host of young artists, some of whom such as Masha Shubina and Stanislav Volyazlovsky have already established themselves on the country’s contempo− rary art scene, while for others this high profile showcase represents their big artistic break. Joining the local artists’ works will be offerings from American creative types Kozydan, Naomi Fisher, Falie, Dzine, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGuiness, and Ed Templeton, whose works are also of the non−academic variety. Works to look out for include Kherson native Volyazlovsky’s tea stained pillows featuring grotesque and surreal images including gulag slogans and tattoos, and which have become incredibly popular in Sweden and Volodymyr Kuznetsov’s video instillation ‘Cars’ which includes an expensive car riddled with bullets.

“AUTO International” company which is an official distributor of Mazda in Ukraine, recently orga− nized a Christmas racing tourna− ment for children. The event was held on 21 December at the Cart− ing−Center “Terminal” (Brovary) and was dedicated to the St. Mykola’s Day. Children from the children’s home “Lyubystok” were eager to take part in the tournament and received a great New Year’s presents afterwards.

Vivat, Vivat Regina! historical drama of the life of Elizabeth I in 2 acts, Ivan Franko Theatre (1 Ivana Franka square), 29 December at 19.00
The bitter political rivalry between cousins Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots is being brought to the Ivano Franko stage by Yuri Kochevenko. The staging is based on a play written by the acclaimed Robert Bolt, the man responsible for the screenplays of such cinematic classics as Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Man for All Seasons. The play was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972, and remains one of theatres great historical dramas, offering a fascinating insight into the intrigues and mindset of two of history’s most famed women. Tickets are 5−50hrv, to book call 279−5921.

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March in memory of Stepan Bandera, Shevchenko Monument in Shevchenko Park, 1 January at 18.00
Controversial Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera was born 1 January 1909 and this meeting has been organized by the UNI0N of Ukrainian Nationalists. The figure of Bandera continues to divide Ukrainian society particularly as UPA, the insurgent army he helped found, fought fellow countrymen fighting for the Soviet UNI0N against the Nazis during WWII. Often a flash point for conflict and strong words between communists and nationalists, the anniversary of the UPA leader’s birth will begin in Shevchenko Park after which supporters, their red and black flags aloft, will march to Askold’s Grave for a commemoration service.

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The Price of Love by Mikhail Zadornov, Bravo Theatre (79 Honchara), 29-30 December at 19.00
Well known comedian Mikhail Zadornov will present his latest offering this month, a production which, while played for laughs, nonetheless touches on the bitter sweet nature of love. ‘The Price of Love’ is centered on a man who, after twenty years of marriage, finds love in the arms of a younger woman. But is it really love or the actions of a desperate man in the throes of a mid−life crisis. Tickets are 15−28hrv, for more information call 486−4022.

Swan Lake on Ice, Palace Sport, 2 January at 17.00 European and World Champion skaters Nata− lia Beztemyanova and Andriy Bukin star in this sensational seasonal spectacle! Tchaikovsky’s fantasy of Odette and Odile’s emotional tug− of−war continues to enthrall, and transferring the romance to the ice certainly doesn’t detract from its artistic merits, and has the added ben− efit of attracting those people who normally wouldn’t even consider going to the ballet. Tickets are 20−40hrv, for more information call 246−7406.

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New Year Night at the Opera, Opera Theatre (50 Volodymyrska), 31 December Classical music lovers are in for a treat this New Year’s Eve when the Opera Host plays host to an evening of first rate compositions. Pieces by Prokofiev, Rossini, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Schubert to name but a few will be per− formed by gifted musicians, providing the per− fect way to see in the New Year for the more high−brow of Kyivites. For more information call 234−7165.

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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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