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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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26 (2008)/2008
9 July - 16 July

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Canadian pop sensation Nelly Furtado flies into town

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Ukrainian Rock and Pop Under Ancient Fortress Walls - Coming Soon

Taras Bulba Rock Festival, Dubno village, Volynsky region, 18-20 July
The Taras Bulba Festival is probably the oldest music festival in Ukraine, being coeval with independent Ukraine. It unites rock, pop, and ethnic music and is held in the shadow of the ancient walls of the Ostrozky and Lubomyrsky fortresses, for maximum atmospheric effect. Its a Day for Real Ukrainian Music is the events slogan, but it also features many international guests. If youre into local music or just want a great weekend out in the country, you cant do better than this.


Turn Into a Diamond When You Die! - Whats Up?

In the weirdest death-related post-Soviet trend since gangsters started putting life-size portraits of themselves on their gravestones in the 1990s (Adidas track suits, gold chains, handguns, etc.), moneyed Ukrainians are taking advantage of a new service that ensures theyll live forever, in a way.Companies are sprouting up that will take your ashes after you die and compress them to form an artificial diamond, so that you can spend the rest of eternity on a choker around the neck of one of your offspring, or on the finger of your surviving spouse.


NATO Attacks! Oh, Wait - Whats Up?

The NATO fascists are coming! The evil Western invaders have arrived to conquer and enslave the freedom-loving proletarian Ukrainian people! Save us, oh Great Leader Putin! Such was the message that would have bombarded you if youd been reading the website of Ukraines Progressive Socialist Party, headed by kooky neo-Stalinist battle-axe Natalia Vitrenko, who is always a good bellwether of what this countrys leftover reactionary USSR-worshipping rump electorate is thinking.


Ukraines Best City is Chernivtsi - Whats Up?

A recent issue of the Russian-language news magazine Focus ranked the 55 best Ukrainian towns to live in, and the winner was no, not Kyiv or Lviv, but rather Chernivtsi. That pleasant town tucked away near the Romanian border stacked up the best when it came to a number of categories including ecology, cultural amenities, real estate prices, quality of communal services, crime, median wage and more.

OSCE Recognise Holodomor - Whats Up?

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week issued a resolution paying tribute to the memory of the innocent lives of millions of Ukrainians who died as a result of the massive famine caused by the savage, purposeful actions and policies of the totalitarian Stalinist regime. Sounds reasonable, no? Contrary to the fears of some Russian nationalists, theres nothing in the statement issued by the Vienna-based forum for European political dialogue that pokes Russia in the eye, or that blames that country for anything.


Ukrainian Art Rising A Talk With a Top Local Gallerist - Kyiv Culture

The Ukrainian art scene is a growth industry: galleries are cropping up all over Kyiv, high-profile art centre/museums are being established, and Ukrainian artists are exhibiting all over the place and garnering mass media attention. But is this all happening only in Ukraine, or is Ukrainian art going global, as some locals boast? Viktoria Vasilchenko met with Oleksandr Shchelushchenko, owner of Kyivs Tsekh gallery, to find out.


Beethoven Gets Some Air - This Week

The National Academic Symphony and Oles Semchuk play Beethoven (MariyinskyPark bandshell), 13 July at 19.00
Want a little Beethoven performed outside on a sweet summer evening? The National Academic Symphony orchestra featuring violin soloist Oles Semchuk invites everyone to listen to the great composer while evening falls and the lime-trees get all the more fragrant as dark comes down. Oles Semchuk studied at the TchaikovskyAcademy and at the Lyon Conservatory in France and now he splits his time between Italy, Ukraine and elsewhere, so were lucky to have him here.


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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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