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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
Music Fun and Feisty
Chanson 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 venues well refreshed clientele and the managements 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.

Cinema German Youth Kino
The Edukators (screened in German with Russian subtitles), Zhovten cinema (26 Kostyantynivska), 28 July 9 August

The screening of critically acclaimed German film The Edukators has come about at exactly the right time, given that people power has once more raised its youthful head this summer. The film follows the shenanigans of Jule, Peter, and Jan, three young rebels with a course who when not using drugs spend their time breaking into the houses of the rich, rearranging their furniture and possessions, and leaving a note reading Your days of plenty are numbered.

Festival Electronic Music Bash
Dance music festival Space of Joy, Solnechnaya Dolina (near Sudak), till 29 July

Those crazy kids of the Ukrainian dance scene will be heading south to the tropical microcosm that is Crimea for a spot of raving, chilling and loving at the Space of Joy dance music festival. Scores of DJs from all over Ukraine, Europe and Russia, will entertain revelers with other peoples records on the Trancendance Stage, Chill In Stage, and Exper-I-Mental Lab, while creative types will make spectacles of themselves in a series of off-beat alternative performances in this celebration of all things connected to the dance floor genre.

Music A Final Culture Fix
Classic music concerts, National House of Organ and Chamber Music (77 Veliky Vasylkivska), 28-31 July

The cream of Ukraines classical music crop will give a series of concerts amidst the elegant and crumbling surrounds of the National House of Organ and Chamber Music, marking the de-facto close of the cultural season, which will resume some time in the autumn. As always, there will be a strong emphasis on Baroque works, with organ and piano pieces being accompanied by seasoned sopranos, contra tenors and baritones. Tickets are 6-70hrv, for more information call 528 -3186.

Arts  Surreal Sepia Photos from Petersburg
Photography by Bogdan Zvir, Ra gallery (32 Khmelnitskoho), 28 July 10 August

A regular in photography magazines, Bogdan Zvir is a specialist in a style best as described as photo-painting. This exhibition focuses on the bizarre and the dreamlike, with the photographer creating such subjects as a child sitting on an overgrown kiwi (symbolism apparently) and a girl carrying a suitcase with tails hanging out of it.

Tourism Exploring the Crimean Seabed
Diving Festival in Crimea: Sevastopol, Popovka and Tarkhankut Cape, till 30 September

Shot down Second World War fighter planes, rusting hulks, and sunken treasure dating back thousands of years await all those who done flippers and oxygen tank at this years diving festival in Crimea. In addition to this participants will have the opportunity to explore the wreck of the British ship Drunk Jack, which went down off the coast of Sevastopol in 1854, and go on excursions to the underwater museum close to Tarkhankut Cape, boasting the good ship Prince Alexey Nikolayevich which made its maiden voyage in 1912, and the ancient underwater fortresses in Khersones, near Sevastopol. 

Festival Post Soviet Party People
Kazantip, Popovka village, Crimea 22 July 26 August

Its that time of year when the bright young clubbing things of Ukraine, Russia and beyond head down to the Crimean coast for a month of unadulterated revelling. Kazantip has been going strong for over a decade and is now one of the biggest, and certainly the sexiest, music festivals in the former Soviet UNI0N with many of the regions leading DJs playing side by side some of the European house scenes biggest names. 

Cinema Drive-In Summer Film Theatre
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. In terms of subject matter Julys screenings are a mixed bag with the insufferably handsome Ryan Phillippe staring in action movie Chaos and Nicholas Cage staring the show as a Ukrainian arms dealer in Lord of War. 

Concert Alternative Rock from Lviv Underground
Kozhnomu Svoe in concert, Art Club 44, 21 July at 22.00

Though not as high profile as several other punk rock ensembles, Kozhnomu Svoe has nevertheless carved a reputation out for themselves as a talented young act with an impressive and wide reaching repertoire. Theres nothing too complex about the sound, which is designed solely for youngsters to bump around into each other, and which seems to get better with every glass of beer downed. Tickets are 20hrv, for more information call 279-4137.

Charity Designer Doll Outfits Go Under the Hammer
Outfits for dolls made by celebrities, Da Vinci gallery (17/52 Khmelnitskoho) till 23 July, auction on 23 July at 19.00

The great and the good of Ukrainian High Society including peoples Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, First Lady Kateryna Chumachenko-Yushenko, and stars of stage, screen and music Okean Elzy, Iryna Bilyk, Ruslana, Verka Serdyuchka, and Esthetic Education have taken up needle and thread in order to make a series of cute outfits in various styles for Barbie type dolls. And its all for a good cause as besides giving the fingers of five-year-old Malians a well earned rests, the costumes will be auctioned at a special charity bash 23 July, with all proceeds going to local orphanages. Until then the stylish celeb-ensembles will be on show at the gallery, call 581-1012 for more details.

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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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