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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.

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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.

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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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Kyiv Culture

Leto Lets Loose

You may know him as one third of rock group 30 Seconds to Mars, who rocked out Kyiv back in 2010. This time, Shannon Leto is returning without his brother or band, but instead with buddy Antoine Becks.
Leto and Becks have been working together for a few years, firstly on project CB7 and then touring the globe with their unique fusion of DJing and live percussion.

The latter is something Shannon takes pretty seriously, spending six to seven hours a day on his drums.  This devotion to his craft saw him described by Bob Ezrin, co-producer of the 30 Seconds To Mars debut album, as one of the most inventive drummers Ive worked with. He isnt satisfied with simply adding a beat; his drum parts are an integral part of the orchestration of the record. Hes also a great live drummer who is lots of fun to watch, with a presence and energy level that are mesmerizing. We got him to put down his drumsticks and give us a little of his time.

Youve been to Kyiv before - how was your last concert here?
I got my shirt ripped off me, so that gives a pretty good indication of how it was.

Weve heard that you are a big fan of the cuisine here - what dishes are on your list for this trip?
Im open to trying anything new, so if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

What other aspects of Ukraine do you like?
I like how people value their culture. Its a very traditional environment and I like the simple and direct way people interact.

How long are you going to be in Kyiv for this time?
Two nights, so hopefully Ill have time to see some of the city. Im looking for tour guides...

You did a very successful concert in St Petersburg, why do you think the crowds are so responsive in this part of the world?
In this part of the world people like to abandon themselves when they go out at night. They like to dance, have a good time and celebrate. They are free and beautiful.

Whats happening with CB7 at the moment?
Right now they are working on demos.

And 30 Seconds to Mars?
Thats a surprise. Currently game-planning.

You both seem to love being on tour, what is it about being on the road you like so much?
Sharing the experience with people every night. The exchange of energy that happens.

How different is it being on tour with just the two of you, rather than with a band?
With just two of us its quicker, less production, less people to move around its run and gun, guerrilla style!

Have you had much interaction with your Ukrainian fans since you were last here? If so, how, and how has it been?
The exchange has all been through the Internet. I try to keep a conversation going through Twitter, thats whats great about the Internet. Imagine if it were still the days of pigeons.

What can people coming to your gig expect?
Spontaneity, energy, and chaos.

What message do you have for your Ukrainian fans?
I love my beautiful Ukrainian fans and I cannot wait to get nasty with all of you.  

Shannon Leto and Antoine Becks (US, DJ and percussion)
Sullivan Room (Prorizna 8), 22 April at 21.00
Admission is 400hrv, 066-485-5555

Graham Phillips

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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.


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    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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