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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.


What's On Archive 48 (2012)

48 (2012)/28
December2012 - 17 January2013
From All of Us at What's On Happy Holidays!

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From THE EDITOR (48) - Editorial
This time of year always allows for a little reflection (best done with your favourite tipple in hand): what was accomplished over the last year, what got missed (either by chance or otherwise) and what should be on the docket for the coming year. Personally, it has been a very busy 365 days, with various hurdles attempted and many cleared. Those plans not completed in 2012 will be added to the top of the 2013 list, hopefully to be crossed off in the first few months. 
In much the same way, Ukraine has met with some major endeavours this year, and has come through with flying colours.


2012 in Colour - Picture Perfect

Get Down and Dirty - This month
Goodwin (Donetsk, rock), Divan (Besarabska 2), 29 December at 20.00
Born and raised in Donbas, singer Goodwin has implemented his experience into his lyrics, often relaying what life looks like for the underprivileged in todays society. Fighting against the post-soviet mentality, his goal is to shame those who follow such ideological garbage with music that is intense and passionate if a little extreme.


A Starry New Year - This month
New Year Gala Concert (UA, pop, rock), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 31 December at 18.00 
Groupies into the goings-on of Ukrainian showbiz will undoubtedly already have their tickets for the New Year Gala Concert in hand. But dont worry there are still seats left. With a line-up that includes Iryna Bilyk, Svetlana Loboda, neAngely, Natalya Gordienko, Nikita, Oleksandr Ponamarev and many more however, they wont be available for much longer.


A Little Bit of Jazz - This month
Yulia Roma (UA, jazz), Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b), 7 January at 22.00
Yulia Roma has what has got to be one of the countrys best jazz voices, and spreading the love a little bit, shes giving a free concert on Ukrainian Christmas. With her debut album Heartbeats released in 2006, Yulia became a pioneer of English-language jazz here in Ukraine, winning many awards in the process. Hard at work on album number two, there may be a bit of a preview tonight.


Colourful Music - This month
More Khuana (cover band), Star Pub (Popudenka 1a), 16 January at 21.00
More Khuana is a cover band. But a good cover band, giving more than 200 concerts in any given year. With a repertoire full of popular hits from the 80s right up to todays chart-toppers, they cover bands that span nearly all seven continents. From Mashina Vremeni, Zemlyane to Elvis Presley, U2, Tom Jones and even the Black Eyed Peas, these guys know how to throw a good party.


X-Talented Stars - This month
X-Factor Gala Concert (pop), October Palace (Instytutska 1), 12 & 13 January at 19.00
X-tremely popular in Ukraine, the X-Factor televised talent show is putting together its annual show, featuring winners from the 2012 season as well as their best-of-the-best. For the past three years, this Ukrainian factory has been manufacturing some of the most popular songsters in the country, and taking the show on the road, theyre starting here in Kyiv.


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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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