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|17 May - 23 May 2013|
Here Come the Brides
Getting hitched: It is said every girl dreams of donning a white dress and marrying her prince charming. Most plan to do it only once. But in Ukraine, a tradition has emerged that allows blushing brides the opportunity to relive their big day without the hassle of finding another spouse – the bride parade. Cities across Ukraine are set to become seas of white this summer as waves of brides take to the streets. What’s On takes a look at the schedule of bride parades – whether you simply want to watch, gain inspiration for your own nuptials, or participate in one of them – this story is for you!
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The Viral Violinist
What springs to mind when you hear the words “violin concert”? At a guess – a columned hall at the philharmonic, an orchestra and a violinist – inevitably formally dressed, with trance-like focus on their instrument and on playing music. What’s On has chronicled such concerts many times, now comes a challenge to convention – meet Lindsey Stirling, the phenomenon who is dragging violin into the modern (and electronic) age.
Krykhitka’s Kasha Saltsova
If you happened to be at What’s On Spring Flowers party last year, you may remember the petite, delicate, dark-haired young woman whose powerful vocals penetrate both the heart and soul. You might have not understood the lyrics of her songs – Kasha mainly sings in Ukrainian – but the emotion was definitely palatable. We profile the face of Krykhitka, Kasha Saltsova, who has made her mark as one of Ukraine’s best female rockers.
The first thought that comes to mind when you see a drag queen is that there’s something wrong with a guy wearing women’s clothes. However, the gender-bending satirical genre of dressing up in women’s clothes to entertain the public is nothing new. Some say that the term “drag” dates back to the 18th century, referring to how transvestites dragged their long skirts on the ground. Others say drag is an abbreviation for DRessed as A Girl. As the Miss Diva 2013 pageant heads our way, we look at the sequins and stilettos of Kyiv’s drag queens of Ukraine.
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|Kyiv, Chestnut Trees and Piano
Chestnut International Grand Piano Festival, Master Class Cultural Centre (Lavrska 16a), 16 – 19 May (various times)
Many of us were tortured with some kind of music class in school, out of which grew a love and appreciation for those who decided to stick with it and hone their music skills into adulthood. Promoting classical music and the art of piano-play, Master Class Cultural Centre has launched a festival in which all of us school-taught amateurs can come and showcase our skills, giving way to pros Jonathan Powell (UK), Roman Repka (UA), Andriy Bondarenko (UA) come the evening.
Canadian Ukrainians in Kyiv
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company (CA, Ukrainian folk dance), Serge Lifar Kyiv Municipal Ukrainian Dance Academy (Dankevycha 4a), 18, 19 May at 18.30
Soprano Comes Home
Lyudmyla Monastyrska (UA, opera), National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2), 19 May at 19.00
Exhibition of works by Polish artist Nikifor Drovnyak (PL), National Museum of Ukrainian Decorative Art (Lavrska 9, block 29), 17 May – 30 June
China. Individuality Collective
Exhibition of works by Chinese artists Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Chen Zhen, Sun Xun and more, Pinchuk Art Centre (V Vasylkivska/Baseina 1/3-2), 18 May – 6 October
The Man and His Muzak
Michael Bolton (US, pop, soul), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 18 May at 19.00
John Paul Leonne (IT, pop), Tolstoy Club (V Vasylkivska 19), 23 May at 20.00
Grandpa of Techno!
Techno Ball featuring Oliver Huntemann (DE, techno), Forsage (Harmatna 51a), 18 May at 22.00
Chill Out, People!
Chillwave Festival (US, techno, ambient), Kyiv Small Opera (Dehtyarivska 5), 21 May at 19.00
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|Young, Charming, Successful
Lana Del Rey (US, pop), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 10 June at 19.00
Announcements that Americana superstar Lana Del Rey will indeed be making her way to these parts have resurfaced, with a definite date set. As this will be the first time the “self-styled gansta Nancy Sinatra” makes an appearance, you can expect a pretty unforgettable show, featuring hits from both albums Lana Del Rey aka Lizzy Grant and Born To Die.
The Best from Around the Globe
Global Gathering 2013 (international, dance music), Chaika Airfield (Petropavlivska Borshchahivka), 13 July from 14.00 until 6.00
Cleopatra: The Decline of an Empire featuring Isadora Dance Co (UA, choreographic performance), Bingo Entertainment (Peremohy Pr 112), 24 May at 20.00
Imaginarium by Roytburd
Exhibition of paintings by Oleksandr Roytburd (UA), Dymchuk gallery (Yaroslavska 21), 24 May – 24 June
The Ace of Spades
Motorhead (UK, hard’n’heavy), Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1), 28 July at 19.00
Maestro del Flamenco
Paco de Lucia (ES, flamenco guitar), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 11 June at 19.00
Shakespeare and Purcell
The Fairy Queen featuring Offertorium Baroque Ensemble, Sophia choir and soloists (semi-opera), Master Class Cultural Centre (Lavrska 16a), 26 May at 16.00
Under The Bridge
D’n’B Summer Start featuring Logistics (UK/PL/UA, drum’n’bass), The Most Open Air (Moscow Bridge, Druzhby Narodiv Park), 1 June at 21.00
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|The Best Kind of Olive
Arbequina is an interesting name and Wikipedia is a useful tool because now I know that arbequina means a kind of olive. Although my taste is more savoury than sweet, I’m not a fan of olives in general; I am a fan of arbequina though for reasons you are about to read.
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|Real Estate Registration: A New Process for Ukraine
Starting January 2013, Ukraine began implementing a unified state register of real estate, executed in, what is claimed by our dear officials, a simplified procedure. In practice though, like so many other official procedures in this country, this simplified procedure is a nightmare. One member of What’s On reveals the gory details.
Put simply, any real estate (apartment, house, shack, outdoor loo) bought, inherited or received as a gift in Ukraine as of this year requires registering with the State Registrar’s office, as headed by the State Department of Justice.
|What’s On: Read All Over the World (#18)
We start off with a misty, magical kind of snapshot from Kyiv’s Nadiya Karpenko, who holidayed in Norway not that long ago. Her favourite attraction, as pictured here, was the Steinsdalsfossen, the most visited waterfall in all of the country. It was also, apparently, a favourite of Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany who visited every summer but two, which is where it gets its nickname “Kaiser Wilhelm Falls”.
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1531 Years on the Map
Every last weekend in May, Ukraine’s capital celebrates its anniversary. This year, Kyiv marks her 1,531th birthday and as always she is in the mood for a little giving. In addition to the usual free metro passes, free entrance to Kyiv Zoo and the daylong concert on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, there will be a few other interesting events planned for Kyiv Day.