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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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 ¹ 36 (2007)|
5 October - 11 OctoberDamien Hirst
PinchukArtCentre stages one of Kyiv`s biggest ever arts events
Take me out!
|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
Yulia Tymoshenko's campaigning paid off and, despite lots of rhetoric and a new 'Blue Revolution' from ' the sour grapers Party of Regions, it looks as though she's going to Prime Minister once again. However, with Party of Regions protestors amassing in Kyiv as early as Monday, even before the final count was announced, it looks like we all might be in for more weeks and even months of nuisance and political chicanery. It looks as though, once again, Independence Square and Mariyinski Park are going to be overcrowded with drunks with serious personal hygiene problems causing a nuisance in this beautiful green place and spoiling the leisure time of the good people of Kyiv (not to mention ruining my walk to work). Who knows how long they will dig in for. It will all depend on how obstinately petulant Yanukovych and his cronies are going to be. And it could be a lot if the past is anything to go by, but it will all prove pointless in the end. So in the meantime, we urge all Kyivites to do your best to ignore it, avoid the danger areas, get out and have some fun and wait for it all to pass. And as usual there's plenty going on to keep you otherwise occupied. For example, this week sees the start of one of the biggest art events ever to come to Kyiv when the PinchukArtCentre opens the doors on an exhibition that includes works from the likes of Damien Hirst (who thankfully has stopped sawing up cows and taken to painting lovely little butterflies on pink backdrops instead), Antony Gormley, Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons alongside works by the best contemporary Ukrainian artists. The art on display will include paintings, installations and sculpture of such wide and varied styles and subject matter making it an exhibition not to be missed. Also this week, we've got ageing 70s rockers ELO coming to town along with a DJ festival, some other interesting art exhibitions and a top notch staging of 'Carmen' in the National Opera House. So don't worry about all the nonsense going on down at Maidan - you'll only feel your mind getting crushed if you do. Instead, go and take in a show or two and feel it expand instead!
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Tymoshenko Gets Another Crack at the Whip - Whats Up?|
After a last minute surge running up to the 30 September elections, Yulia Tymoshenko looks set to be Prime Minister of Ukraine once again. Tempting fate, as many would say, Tymoshenko announced her victory at a press conference in the very early hours of 1 Octo− ber based purely on exit polls. “One of the first laws we will pass in the Verkhovna Rada is the Law on Opposition. The opposition will form committees to control authority and the Audit Chamber,” she said during her address. “I do not want the opposition to be outcast. Well, that is the end of my speech. Hurrah! We won!”
|Canadian Pol Claims Election Harassment - Whats Up?|
Early indications are that Ukraine’s 28 September parliament elections went off relatively smoothly, with none of the large−scale fraud, ballot− rigging, and brutal shenanigans that Ukrainians had long come to ex− pect in their balloting. The International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) approvingly cites the “calm” that prevailed in Ukraine on election day, and patted the country on the head for the “orderly and transparent manner” in which voting took place. Turnout was an impressive 63 per− cent, giving the lie to the idea that post−Soviet citizens are hopelessly apathetic and depoliticized, and voting procedures were assessed as “good” or “very good” in 98 percent of the polling stations that IEOM auditors visited.
|Government Launches Site for Kiddies - Whats Up?|
The Yanukovych government has launched a new initia− tive, and this time it’s for the kiddies: a web site aimed at educating young Ukrainians about the structure and mys− terious workings of the Ukrai− nian government. Cabinet of Ministers official Anatoly Tolstoukhov said of the think− ing behind the site, “It’s very important for us that we’re on the same level as you – the future of Ukraine.”
|Parties Spend Tons on Elections - Whats Up?|
Until a coalition is formed and a power−sharing agreement is nailed down, the aftermath of the 28 September parliamentary election is still up in the air. But one thing is for certain: the com− peting parties spent an awful lot of money during this year’s short, intense campaign season. According to one estimate in the Ukrainian media, based on data from the Kwendi monitor− ing group, politicians collectively spent a whopping 484.4 mil− lion hryvnya on television advertising alone. Party of Regions accounted for the biggest chunk of that money, spending 162.7 hryvnya. The Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc was in second place with 136.3 million hryvnya, while Our Ukraine−National Self−De− fence was in third place with 105.7 hryvnya. The political small fry, like the Kuchma bloc and the Communists, made up the difference, spending a couple million here and a couple there. Media market analysts, meanwhile, affirmed that the quality and sophistication of the television ads were higher than ever.
|Jazz Festival Brings World Class Bassist to Kyiv - Coming Soon|
Do#Dzh 2007. Autumn, Zhovtnevy Palace (1 Institutska), 15 November
As one of the top jazz festivals in the country, Do#Dzh always invites the world’s best jazz musicians to headline at the event, and this year will be no different with Grammy winner Marcus Miller topping the bill. Son of a Brooklyn musician, Miller graduated from the New York Music School as a clarinetist, but the bass was his passion and at the age of 15 he started playing at the famous Harlem River Drive. His ‘The Sun Don’t Lie’ and ‘Tales’ albums were both nominated for Grammies, but it was the latter which eventually won him the much coveted award. Today, Marcus is one of the most sought−after bass players and it will be a real treat for all Kyiv’s jazz lovers to have the chance to watch him play.
|Be Amazed by a Sleight of Hand - Coming Soon|
‘Fancy’ performance, Organ and Chamber Music House or St. Nicolas Roman Catholic Church (75 Chervonoarmiyska), 15 October at 19.30
‘Fancy’ is probably the most unusual performance you will see in a long time. Organised by the French Cultural Society, the ‘Les Remoule Urs’ the− atre company are staging a night of short plays glorifying hands, combining the violin music of Berio and Bartok with outstanding images projected by ‘Cyclopes’. ‘Cyclopes’ is a magic light machine invented in the 18th Century allowing the massive shadow puppets of Anne Bitran to be projected in auditoriums. In this performance the main characters are the hands which dance and play, get mad and creative. All of these visual experiments are supported by the music of Bartok and Berio performed by violinists Julian Boutin and Frederic Aurier.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.