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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.


This Week
Contest   Exposing Psychiatric Abuse
Photo contest promoting the human rights of psychiatric patients, works submitted till 15 August

The therapeutic quality of art has long been recognised as beneficial to mental patients, with institutions regularly encouraging their charges to pick up the paintbrush. The Kastalia psychiatric hospital is such an organisation, and over the years its patients have turned out a number of quality outsider art pieces. This time round the management at Kastalia are hoping to raise the problem of abuse inside psychiatric wards through a photo contest open to the general public.

Museums  Exhibitions for All Tastes
The best of Kyivs museums: Kyiv Natural History Museum
(15 Khmelnitskoho, 2 floor), National History Museum
(2 Volodymyrska), Water Information Centre
(1C Hrushevskoho)

Not only are museums educational but they are also some of the best places to get away from the scorching summer sun. Those unable to get away to the tropics this year can still experience a taste of the Amazon, South Pacific, and other such exotic destinations with a visit to the Kyiv Natural History Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of butterflies and insects.

Arts Talented Young Oil Artists
Oil painting by young artists, Totoro Garden gallery (37-41 Artema), till 17 August

That oil painting has gone somewhat out of fashion of late means that any artist working in this medium can be seen at least to some extent as a radical. Anatoly Sloiko, Boris Kashapov, Nadia Kelm, Denis Nikitenko, and Daria Novitska are the young up-and-coming artists who will exhibit at this showcase, with their works ranging from conventional portraits to the now obligatory social commentary.

Cinema  Drive-In Summer Kino
Kinodrom Drive-in cinema, TsSKA Stadium (10 Vozdukhoflotsky Prospect), throughout the summer

Those looking to experience the ultimate in 1950s Americana are advised to head down to TsSKA Stadium, where the drive-in cinema Kinodrom will screen the latest Hollywood blockbusters throughout the summer.

Concert Alternative Types
Strike Sun Off Party, Skate Park Most (near park Druzhba Narodov), 5 August at 22.00

The achingly hype skater boys and girls of the Ukrainian capital are revolting! It seems that the bright young things have had enough of the R n B, uplifting house and commercial techno which dominates the Kyiv clubbing scene, deciding to take matters into their own hands and organising this Sun Off Party.

Football  Dynamo Face Tough European Turkish Test
UEFA Champions League, Dynamo Kyiv vs. Fenerbahce, Dynamo Stadium, 8 August and Istanbul, 23 August

Annual qualification for the Group Stages of the Champions League is essential if Dynamo are to maintain their status as one of Eastern Europes biggest clubs and the failure to do so certainly hurt the capital side, both in terms of revenue and on the pitch excitment. The team will certainly need all their top players and the omens are good, with the side putting in a sterling display away against Metal URGS. 

Arts New Contemporary Arts Gallery
Painting by Yuriy Ivanchenko, New Gallery (8 Pankivska), till 1 September

Captain of commerce Yuriy Kogtyak is the latest local businessman to have decided to give back to the community in esthetic fashion, investing a tidy sum into the construction of New Gallery. A cool minimalist showcase for local contemporary arts of the less shocking variety, New Gallery is an ideal place to swing by if you are looking to make an investment in creativity or pick up a centerpiece which will be the talk of the cocktail party.
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Holiday A Celebration of Russias Imperial Maritime Might Down on the Black Sea
Day of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Sevastopol, Crimea, 30 July

It may be a few batteries short of a nuclear submarine but when it comes to breaking out the bunting and putting on a show Russias Black Sea Fleet is still up with the best of them. The Day of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has everything you would expect from a former empires Navy, with brass bands belting out rousing sea shanties, sailors marching under the watchful eyes of magnificently attired senior officers, and a flotilla of ships to remind the Ukrainians just whos boss.

Ethno-Heaven With Genuine Irish Jigs
Kyiv Irish folk band Run in concert, Pivna Bochka (17/1 Moscovsky Prospect), 30 July at 20.00

A good old fashioned Irish knees-up whenever the boys of Run take the stage to perform their fun-filled repertoire of Irish folk songs and dances. The local boys seem to have an affinity of the Emerald Isle, and are well schooled in a number of instruments including the Irish flute, bagpipe, tin-whistle and low-whistle, Bodhran (Irish drum half-metre in diameter played with a special wooden stick), violin, accordion, and rib bones! The perfect excuse to dance around with a pint of Guinness on your head, as if an excuse was ever needed! For more information call the club on 461-8788, tickets are 20hrv.

Music Acid Jazz for Bohemian Beatniks
Peter and the Wolf in concert, Docker Pub (9 Bogatyrska), 31 July at 20.00

Break out the beret, fire up the pipe and prepare form serious freaky fun! Peter and the Wolf are an acid jazz ensemble of some pedigree, having honed the art of saxophone spiraling and clarinet warbling in the more smokier of the Ukrainian capitals clubs over the last few years, allowing the outfit to sense when the crowd is ready to tune in, and when its up for dropping out.

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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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