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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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15 April - 21 April
Maneken Unmasked
The DJ turned singer reveals his new album and his Napoleonic plans for the future

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From THE EDITOR (13) - Editorial
A big boy done it and ran away, while grammatically incorrect, was a very popular phrase when I was a kid. It was, of course, used when one had been caught almost red-handed doing something one shouldnt have. The Soviet leaders developed this rather ridiculous finger-point to a slightly higher, but no less juvenile level: as soon as theyd done something they shouldnt, they pointed at the person theyd done it to and yell: You did it yourself! And then go on to cite reasons such as propaganda or political manoeuvring. Basically, it was the equivalent of a child, having been caught breaking a window in a house by the owner and instead of saying, a big boy done it and ran away, pointing at the owner and shouting: You did it yourself cause youre trying to get me into trouble cause you and my dad fell out once.


Exclusive: Whats Going on Inside Kyivs Olympic Stadium - Whats Up?
As the EURO 2012 football championships loom ever closer, the one question on everyones lips is: Will the Kyiv stadium be ready? Of course, we were hoping this massive event would give us much more than new stadiums, and that the countrys infrastructure, airports, hotel offerings, and many other aspects would undergo serious upgrades. But now, all were hoping for is world-class stadiums, completed.


Home on the Ukrainian Range - Ukraine Today
Agriculture in any country means business. In some places it means employing the latest in technology to all but ensure the best yields possible. In others, the scale is much smaller, where workers of the land still use an ox and cart to get the job done. Ironically, or perhaps not, Ukraine is both of those places combined. To find out whats in store for the country in terms of farming for this year, Whats On talks with two gentlemen who come at the issue from different angles: Mr Peter Thomson of Ukrainian Agrarian Investment and Mr Nigel Thwaites of Syngenta.   Whats interesting, however, is that when it come to Ukraines incredible agricultural potential, their thinking differs very little.


Palm Sunday Concert - This Week
National Philharmonics (Volodymyrsky Uzviz 2), 17 April at 19.00
Kyiv Soloists National Chamber Ensemble have prepared a very special evening of classical music on the eve of the Easter holiday. On Palm Sunday, they will perform works by Haydn and Pergolezi. According to old tradition, theatres and operettas would be closed for the Holy Week before Easter, with only so-called Sacred Concerts featuring religious music permitted.


French Spring - This Week
Concert of French Classical Music, National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50), 19 April at 19.00
Showing off the best and most recent in French visual arts, cinema, literature and music, it almost seems as though part of France has made its way to Kyiv, and this particular concert offers residents of our city the opportunity to get in touch with a little bit of French culture.


Second Go Round - This Week
Guano Apes (Germany, alternative metal), Alto Expo Center (Moskovskiy Pr 11a), 19 April at 19.00
With the release of their best of album, Planet of the Apes, this female-fronted alternative rock quartet decided that a small hiatus from music was required, so after their final tour in February 2005, the band broke up. There was reason enough to get back together, however, as their first albums were very well received and after four years to think about the important things in life, Guano Apes returned to the stage in 2009.


Warmly Welcomed, Even at Funerals - This Week
Goran Bregovic and the Wedding and Funeral Band (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Balkan/pop), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 20 April at 19.00
Famous Serbian composer, musician, and ambassador of Balkan culture, Goran Bregovic is coming to Kyiv this spring with his inimitable Wedding and Funeral Band. Writing music for movies directed by genius Emir Kosturica, Bregovic soon started receiving world recognition for his talent.


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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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