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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 48 (2007)

48 (2007)/28
December2007 - 2 January2008

Happy New Year from the Comedy Club UA
Those crazy guys will have you laughing into 2008

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From THE EDITOR (48) - Editorial

Everyone at What`s On - Cosmos, Yulia, Anatoli, me, Nastya, Andrey, Losha and Natasha - would like to wish you all...

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The Countrys Main Yolka - Picture Perfect

New Years concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 27-28 December at 13.00 and 16.00
Yolka means Christmas tree (although its more a New Years tree around these parts), but it can also be a New Years celebration for young kids. The biggest yolka in the country will take place at Palace Ukraine, naturally enough. Ded Moroz and Snegurochka will make their expected experience, and there will be all sorts of magical fairy− tales dramatised on the huge stage. Cartoon characters will keep the little ones entertained and hand out little gifts. Tickets are 35−100 hrv. For more information call 501−2520.

Why New Year Here Is a Lot Like Christmas There - Special Feature

Why is the New Year, and not Christmas, the tree-and-gift holiday in Ukraine? Whats On explains it all for you.
Its with a bit of pleasant disorientation that the greenhorn ex-pat learns about the New Year traditions in the former Soviet UNI0N. Wait a second now. The trimmed pine tree, with the boxes under it, goes up not for Christmas, but for New Years Eve? Which, it turns out, is also when the magical old bearded guy brings the presents? And the old guys named not Santa Claus, but Grandfather Frost? And hes got a female companion, possibly his granddaughter, named Snegurochka (Snow Maiden)? Whats going on here? As is often the case when trying to explain some local phenomenon, look to the Soviets.


Comedy to Ring in the Year - This month

Globus (3 line, Maidan Nezalezhnosti), Arena Night Club (2a Basseyna) on 28 and 29 December at 22.00
The funny fellows at Comedy Club are eager to wish you a prosperous and amusing new year, and to that end they will be giving a couple of performances in the main space of the Globus mall (on Friday) and at Arena (on Saturday). If you havent seen them perform then make sure you catch them, because ending this year with a laugh is sure to make sure youre laughing all the way threw 2008. Were also gratified to learn that the boys are devoted Whats On readers who have been into the magazine since they studied English at school. Theyre even throwing the occasional English−language joke into their sets. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, watch your backs.

Legendary Ukrainian Rockers Ring in New Year - This month

Braty Karamazovy in concert, Dakota (14G Geroyev Stalingrada), 31 December at 22.00
After you score your gift from Ded Moroz and listen to the presidents traditional speech, come down and enjoy this performance by the legendary Ukrainian rock band Braty Karamazovy. The night, featuring your friendly host Ivan Horodetsky, should be one youll remember for a while, and youll leave with a pleasant ringing in your ears. There will be various contests and such, and the Karnavalnaya Zhara band will be on the bill as well. Admission: $120−170 per person. For more information call 468−7410.

See in the New Year Dancing with Big Time American DJ - This month

J.T. Donaldson in concert, Tsar Project (1V Hrushevskoho), 31 December at 22.00
Inspired by the American house music of the 1990s, J.T. Donaldson first started collecting records obsessively and then realised that he might as well put all that vinyl to good use by making his own sounds. He succeeded and managed to establish his own label, becoming a producer and popular DJ while he was at it. On this night hell perform at Tsar Project along with his fellow American star Lisa Shaw, who will heat things up with her deep house music. Tickets cost $600 per couple, which includes drinks and snacks. For more information call 279−0000.

Russian Stars Private Lives Revealed in New Book - This month

Book Presentation by Alexandr Kushnir, Petrovka Book Supermarket (12, Moskovsky Prospekt), 25 January at 16.00
Music critic, journalist and Kushnir Productions promo agency founder Alexandr Kushnir will be in Kyiv to promote his latest book, Headliners, featuring real−life tales of Russian stars like Zemfira, Mumiy Troll, Glyukoza, Total, and Bratya Grimm. Apparently the book is full of juicy as− yet unknown facts. The books been burning up the bestseller lists in Moscow, and it should be a big hit here. Come to the Petrovka Book Supermarket and get a signed copy.

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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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