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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.


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31 (2007)/2007
31 August - 6 September Karaoke's popularity in Kiev is booming!

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Happy Birthday Ukraine! - Picture Perfect

Ukraine celebrated 16 years of Independence 24 August with the usual celebrations taking place all over the city. President Yushchenko addressed the people from Saint Sofiya Square where her spoke about much needed constitutional changes that will help the country move forward. After all the ceremonial stuff was over it was time to get down and party at Maidan where the traditional Independence day party took place with many of Ukraines top bands and pop stars taking to the stage. Whats On would like to wish Ukraine a very happy sweet sixteen birthday!


Super Yushchenko to the Recue! - Whats Up?

Superman was tied up, Batman was busy in Gotham and so a new superhero emerged on the scene last week to help extinguish a forest fire and had broken out in the Kherson region, destroying 4,000 hectares. After fighting with the Emergency Situations Minister, Nestor Shufrych, for days, President Yushchenko decided enough was enough, took his jacket off and started fighting the fire himself.  


British Big Beat Electronic Dance Giants - Coming Soon

Chemical Brothers in concert, Sport Palace (1 Sportyvna pl.), 18 October at 19.00
Heres something thats going to brighten up Kyivs long dark autumn nights. Yes, the Chemical Brothers are coming to town, and bringing with them their unique live performance of big beat dance music. Ed Simons (the tall one) and Tom Rowlands (the taller one) make up this very popular British combo who met while studying history at Manchester Poly in 1989.


Italian Rock Legend Plays the Boogie! - Coming Soon

Zucchero in concert, Arena Entertainment (2a Baseina), 12 September at 19.00
Adelmo Fornaciari, aka Zucchero, an Italian rock singer started out on his musical career way back in 1970 when he played with some lowly bands for a while before finally achieving success with the band Taxi. He has released over 20 albums, the most recent of which entitled Fly was warmly received by critics and fans alike. His music combines elements of gospel,
blues and rock and alternates between ballads and rhythmic boogie−like tunes. He is coming to Kyiv to give to perform his best songs from a career that spans almost 40 years! For booking call 501−25−20.

VIP Tennis Tournament - Coming Soon

Fashion Cup Tato 2007, Antey Tennis Courts (8B Generala Vitruka), 7-9 September at 10.00
Tennis, believe it or not, is a very popular pastime amongst Kyivs socialites and celebrities, but it is a fact not lost on club king Tato who organises a VIP tournament every year. This time round Alexandr Ponomaryov, Viktor Pavlik, Yuriy Nikitin, Alexandr Yaremenko, Sergey Smetanin and many more celebs will take part in the event with games starting at 10.00am and continuing throughout the day.


VII International Odessa Jazz Festival - Coming Soon

Jazz Carnival, Odessa, Odessa Philharmonic Concert Hall, 14-16 September
For three days, Odessa is the place to be for all lovers of jazz when some of the best jazzmen from all over the world fall on the city to perform. For the last seven years, thousands of music fans head to the Black Sea port every year to hear their favourite musicians and get a feel for the beatnik way of life. Musicians from 14 countries are attending this years festival playing all different styles of jazz. Headliners at the festival will be Amit Chatterjee Alliance (India−Czeczia), Pago Libre (Switzerland) and the James Spaulding Quintet (USA). For more information go to www.jazzcarnaval.com.ua.


Best of British Prog Rock - Coming Soon

Electric Light Orchestra in concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 6 October at 19.00
The masters of 70s British progressive rock ELO are coming to town with their own brand of music they lovingly call sympho−rock due to their extensive use of classical instruments. First rising to fame in the mid 70s, ELO had a chain of world hits including Mr Blue Skies, Hold on Tight, and their very own version of the Chuck Berry classic, Roll over Beethoven.


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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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