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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 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.


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 ¹ 4 (2008)

¹4 (2008)/2008
8 February - 14 February

Valentine’s Special
With Singer Lilu
We chat with the pop star, list all the most romantic places in town, and offer some Dos and Donts for love
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From THE EDITOR (?4) - Editorial

The Clod and the Pebble
By William Blake

 "Love seeketh not itself please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a heaven in hell's despair."
  So sung a little Clod of Clay, Trodden with the cattle's feet, But a Pebble of the brook Warbled out these metres meet:
  "Love seeketh only Self to please, To bind another to its delight, Joys in another's loss of ease, And builds a hell in heaven's despite."

 Yes, this week I thought I'd get all cultural and quote one of my favourite poems. Why? Because it's Valentine's Day this week, that's why! And if there's a truer tale of both sides of romantic love, I've yet to find it. The interesting thing to note is that the optimistic side is given by the piece of dirt, while the pessimistic version is given by the shiny pebble in its pristine stream, but that aside we can all recognise the light and dark side of love - the desire to give and take care of the object of our affection versus the need to control and possess said object. Now, us beer-guzzling blokes see 14 February as a cynical holiday created by the card companies for the sole purpose of eating into our bank balances, but the fairer sex see it as the day we should express our love for them, fully and completely. So what should we do? Should we stick to our self-righteous view and ignore the day, or should we succumb to the needs of our ladies and smother them with the affection they so richly deserve? Personally, I think the latter is better. It is a day for being a clod, not a pebble, and here at What's On we have dedicated the whole issue to doing just that. We talk to two international couples who have cast aside their pebble part and glory in the clods they are, we give you the low down on what not to do, we take a look at that most passionate and intimate act of kissing, we provide listings of all the best places to take your lover on Valentine's Day and, for the single amongst us, we investigate virtual love. And no matter what you and you partner do on the most romantic of days, always remember to...

 Have Jim!
Neil Campbell, Editor

Love Knows No Boundaries! - International Love

The Businessman and the Fashion Designer
Simon Jackman, general director of beverage company Soyuz-Viktan, and Olga Gromova, one of this country’s pre-eminent fashion designers. Married with three children. Olga is an Uman native, Simon a Brit who grew up in Switzerland and whose career has taken him to Bahrain and Moscow in addition to back to Switzerland for a while and to Ukraine, where he’s lived since 1995.


What Not to Do on Valentine’s Day - Valentine’s Special

If you’re a male, you’re probably not looking forward to St. Valentine’s Day, recognising it for what it is - the cynical moneymaking creation of Hallmark, rose growers and chocolate manufacturers who see it as a way of stuffing their already over-full pockets by drastically reducing the quantity in yours. This is one time of the year, however, that you should put aside your oh-so-clever insight because women see it as something completely different…


A Star-studded Performance for the Day of Lovers! - This Week

St. Valentine’s Day Celebration, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 14 February at 19.00
Forget the balmy, romantic days of far−off spring: it’s on 14 February that Kyiv – streets, cinemas, movies, concerts − will be crawling with lovers. One of the biggest Valentine’s Day celebrations will take place at Palace Ukraine, where luminaries from the Ukrainian show−biz elite will join together to make the day special for you. Among them are Yuriy Gorbunov, Tina Karol, Verka Serduchka, ARMIA, Alexandr Ponomaryov, and Bondarchuk. Tickets are 90−500 hrv. For more information call 501−2520.

Tchaikovsky’s Masterpiece of Music and Dance - This Week

‘Swan Lake’, ballet, National Opera House (50 Volodymyrska), 12 February at 19.00
Tchaikovsky’s fairy−haunted romantic ballet about the doomed love affair between Odette and Siegfried bounced back from a disastrous 1876 premiere to become a cornerstone of the repertoire. This old−school production features fine dancers including Tetyana Borovyk, Hanna Dorosh, and Olena Philipeva. For tickets call 279−1169.

A Pair of Jazz Luminaries - This Week

Jazz concert, National Music Academy (1- 3/11 Horodetskoho), 10 February at 19.00
New York−born pianist Mark Soskin has worked with a number of jazz luminaries, including Bob Mintzer, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and Randy Brecker. But what he’s really known for is writing the really, really catchy soundtrack to the ‘Sex and the City’ TV series. He’s now working with brilliant Brazilian drummer Duduka, with whom you’ll see him here in Kyiv. Duduka was a New Latin Jazz Group Awards nominee in 2002. Tickets are 80−120 hrv. For more information call 501−2520.

Pub of the Rising Sun? - This Week

The Animals in concert, Docker Pub (25 Bohatyrska), 10 February at 20.00
Remember ‘House of the Rising Sun’ the way the Animals did it? Well, the legendary band from Newcastle, one of the original gritty proponents of American black music in the UK, is coming to Kyiv – or something like that band. No, neither great singer Eric Burdon nor crucial keyboard player Alan Price are involved all these decades later, but there is at least one original member in John Steel. And whoever’s replacing Burdon, you know he’s going to have to know how to sing. For more information call 451−8528.

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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.


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