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7 (2014)
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 19 (2013)

19 (2013)/2013
24 May - 30 May
Hang on, wait a minute, WOAH!
American punk rockers The Offspring make a racket in Kyiv this week

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From The Editor (19) - Editorial
When I first took over the position of Editor in Chief here at Whats On, it wasnt without a slight feeling of consternation. The magazine had already had some great editors before me in Neil Campbell, Andrey Slivka, Peter Dickenson and Amanda Pitt, each of whom had carved out a new path, a better path, for the publication in their time at the top. I had my work cut out for me.


The Keys of Emotion - This Week
Pavel Ignatiev (UA, piano), National Music Academy (Horodetskoho 1-3/11), 29 May at 19.00
Kyiv-born and bred Pavel Ignatiev is known throughout the country for his powerfully emotional music, skilful performance and deep philosophical approach. He combines brilliant classical piano technique with the temperament of the 21st century, creating music that is dubbed modern classical. Tonight you will be treated to well-known compositions as well as new works from his latest album Bells Of The Soul.


The Rhythm of the Night - This Week
Misirli Ahmet (TR, percussion), Palace Ukraine (small hall, V Vasylkivska 103), 24 May at 19.00
Born in Ankara, Misirli Ahmet began playing the darbuka (a type of drum) at the age of 17. After working in France and then going on to Egypt to find the meaning of his existence, the virtuoso developed a unique split-finger technique, which allows for quick playing.


Ukraines Own Montmartre - This Week
Montmartre on the Uzviz Street Festival, Andriivskiy Uzviz, 2526 May
Oleh Skrypka, frontman in folk-rock band VV, is a man of many talents. Thanks to his connections in the French capital, hes come up with this next idea to link up Paris Montmartre with Kyivs Uzviz, where cultures will intertwine and combine to create a wonderfully artistic atmosphere.


Acoustic From Markova - This Week
Nastya Markova (UA, jazz), Tolstoy Club (V Vasylkivska 19), 25 May at 22.00
Paying tribute to Sade in a solo performance earlier this year, Nastya Markova is back with her own acoustic programme of easy listening melodies and smooth jazz tunes. Listing Grand Prix at the 2003 All Ukrainian Jazz Festival, top prize at the 2004 and 2009 Do#Djo Festival and the Universong 2012 award among among her accolades, she comes well recommended.


The Mysterious Deutsche DJ - This Week
Redshape (GE, techno), Xlib (Frunze 12), 25 May at 22.00
The mysterious German producer who likes to hide behind a mask of red is finally making his way to Ukraine and will be turning Xlib clubbers over to the power of techno. Working with labels Delsin, Music Man and Styrax Leaves throughout his years in the biz, Redshape has released more than 30 records, on which an old school beat is keenly featured using only the most modern in techno techniques.


The Last School Bell of the Season - This Week
School of Scientific Wonders Last Bell, House of Artists (Artema 5/1), 25 May at 11.00, 13.00
If you have yet to experience the fun and educational show by the School of Scientific Wonders, this is your last chance before summer takes you away to sandy beaches and cool seawaters. Its an event you and your kids are going to love as the programme includes spectacular chemistry experiments, scientific marvels and lots of howd he do that moments.


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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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