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What’s Up

Capital Gets New Insignia

The city of Kyiv has been hard at work trying to come up with a new logo. Enlisting the help of its citizens, they are looking for something “worthy of the city, that is professional and has been elected objectively”. What an interesting idea! Professional, objective elections? We’re slightly surprised such a concept even exists in this country. But, back to the story at hand. Take a look at the designs, all of which are extremely colourful, at Should you feel so inclined, you may even cast your vote, yourself becoming a part of the process!

Justice Be Done

Ukraine has once again demonstrated serious deficiencies in its ability to act in the interest of the law. Over 13 years ago, Russian citizen Vyacheslav Savin was summoned by the police to the Dzerzhynsky district department of police in Kharkiv. He was questioned, imprisoned and tortured, leaving him disabled for life, says the Inyurpolis Law Firm. “The prosecutor’s office investigated this case for more than 10 years. Finally, the statute of limitations established for such cases by Ukrainian law ran out and those responsible for torturing Savin and violating his right to freedom evaded a just punishment,” said ILF. Filing a case in 2007 with the European Court of Human Rights in reference to the “ineffective investigation”, they recently found for the plaintiff, and ordered that he be paid compensation in the amount of 450,000hrv by the State of Ukraine. Congratulations Vyacheslav, justice has been done. However, we suggest you file for the money now. It’s highly unlikely those at the top will part with such a sum so easily.

Not a Psycho

Our dear mayor, Leonid Chernovetsky, has been appearing a lot in the news lately. Returning after a short hiatus from the press with his new, 19-year old wife, he gave an interview recently to Komsomolska Pravda in which he blames the media for creating such a bad image of him. “I shouldn’t have bared my soul in front of all those unfair journalists. They stripped pieces from my addresses trying to demonstrate that I might have some kind of impaired mental capacity.” Nicknames such as Cosmos certainly haven’t added to his reputation, it’s true. They have, however, got him into the news on a pretty regular basis while serving the city. Fed up with the rumours surrounding his mental health, he comes down pretty hard on the media saying, “Freedom of the press does not exist in Ukraine.” With a date for civic elections yet to be formally decided, they will happen at some point this year. Chernovetsky says he does not want to be remembered as the man who bought voters buckwheat. But rather, the man who created jobs. “I have been one of your most active parliamentarians. I created thousands of jobs, one of the most successful banks and helped hundreds of young business managers.” Yes, our current mayor is a very pertinent player in the city’s politics. The fact that he’s ever slightly delusional only makes him that much more fascinating.

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Ukrdim a Restaurant?

Representatives of the State Administration met recently with Kyiv’s Council for City Planning, where one of the pieces of business discussed was the rebuilding of Ukrdim on European Square. Motivated by the lack of profit the building currently brings in, the new underground entrance and extension of the building itself would mean complete demolition of the current cultural heritage site. Chairman of the city council for Tourism and Culture, Oleksandr Bryhinets, however, thinks the idea is ridiculous. “Ukrainskiy Dim is one of the few buildings in Kyiv which was built as a museum. To turn it into a fashionable restaurant is a crime." We’re behind you Oleksandr, way to stand up for your beliefs!

3.5 Billion Hryvnia for Government Spending Approved

For a supposedly cash-strapped government, a couple of recent budgetary approvals caught our attention and made us go hmmmm. Firstly, they want to pump over 2.5 billion hryvnia into the national space programme. That’s right, the national space programme. Now, Ukraine may well have been at the centre of space exploration for the Soviet Union, and did a wonderful job, but who on earth these days is investing such money into space? And why? Bearing in mind it’s a lot of money for an impoverished nation, but not really very much for a proper space programme (to compare, on average a space shuttle mission costs around $450 million, and that’s after development costs). The government has also announced its giving 1 billion hryvnia to the Kyiv City Administration to make improvements to the city for EURO 2012, and to help improve health care, water supply and social security. That’s all very nice, but again we have to ask the question: where’s the money coming from. After some brief thought on the subject, we realised that this perhaps wasn’t the right question to ask, as we know the country would probably be doing alright financially if it wasn’t for the politicians stealing everything. So, better to ask in whose pocket will the majority of the above-mentioned money end up?

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This Week in History 24 February 1917

Prominent Ukrainian painter, Tetyana Yablonska, is born. In addition to her artistic work, Yablonska leads a very socially-active lifestyle as a member of the USSR parliament and later a member of the Ukrainian Artist’s Union and the Academy of Art of the USSR.

And the Drum Roll Please…

Every year, the national casting for Eurovision makes us both laugh and cry at the same time. It is such a messy affair that rumours often continue to come out of the woodwork even months after the whole competition has wrapped up. This year, with 21 possible competitors, it seemed evident from the very beginning who would be taking the trip to Baku to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2012. Were you keeping track of the antics? Can you guess who it might be? The answer is the illustrious Gaitana. Other contestants blame her team for cheating and all say they knew she would come out on top; and not necessarily because she deserved to. Max Barskih, an extraordinary star with a rough-and-tumble appearance, said he spent $300,000 on sound, sets and costuming, which got him little more than second place. His producer Alan Badoev compared the elections to a kolkhoz, a form of Soviet collective farming, that didn’t deserve the incredible show Barshih prepared. In the meantime, this year’s Eurovision hopeful couldn’t stop thanking God for her victory. “It’s a real miracle! In spite of a sore throat, I did it! Yesterday I couldn’t even talk, but now I am ready for a whole concert!” Gaitana says she is going to start preparing for the contest straight away and promises that Eurovision 2013 will be held in Kyiv. Should the world come to its end in 2012, however, she won’t have to worry about it too much.

Ukrainian Subjects Reduced

Ukrainian kids these days don’t know a whole lot about their country’s history, a sad reality that often goes hand in hand with the local language. Characteristically, our Party of Regions Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk believes the answer is in just doing away with the whole troublesome issue. “We need additional school hours for informatics and foreign languages, but adding 9-10 lessons is too much. What will happen is that we’ll probably reduce the subjects altogether.” Suggesting the history of Ukraine be superimposed with world history, for example, should come as little shock to anyone familiar with the Russian-leaning politician. Just as the fight over the national language, and now the reduction of its study in schools, is never-ending. What it is, is unfortunate.

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25 February 1573

To Leave or Not to Leave

Once again, Vitaliy Klitschko has proved his status as a formidable boxer. And once again he has announced his desire to leave boxing for good, so his Twitter account says. But this in itself is interesting, especially since he wrote on Monday 20 February via Facebook that he doesn’t even have a Twitter account. Whether the heavyweight champion does in fact hang up his gloves for good or not is yet to be seen. His brother on the other hand has pretty good reason to head back into the ring. The face-wash he got from Chisora is nothing if not a call to battle.

Ivan Fedorov establishes the first printing house in Lviv. He is one of the three fathers of printing in Ukraine. A year later, Fedorov publishes the second edition of Apostolos and an Azbuka. Commemorating his contribution, a monument of Fedorov is erected in Lviv in 1979.

FEMEN Face Imprisonment!

We here at What’s On have always enjoyed the wonderfully ironic antics of the Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN, and it would appear local law enforcement has viewed them in much the same manner. But now it looks as though they’ve gone one step too far, and one member may face up to four years imprisonment. Apparently enraged by the Indian Foreign Ministry`s reported instructions to carry out detailed checks on all Ukrainian women aged 15 to 40 seeking Indian travel visas, in a move to combat growing prostitution in the country, the ladies carried out one of their all-toofamiliar protests at the Indian Ambassador’s residence in Kyiv. Unafraid of the sub-zero temperatures, they stripped to the waist on 18 January and, carrying placards with slogans that read “Ukraine is not a brothel” and “I am not a prostitute”, climbed onto the balcony of the Indian Ambassador’s residence, tore down the Indian flag, beat it against windows and doors and threw it on the ground. Freedom of speech is, to a greater or lesser extent, allowed in this country. Hooliganism and desecration of a foreign state symbol is not. You may have gone too far this time ladies.

25 February 1871

Lesya Ukrainka is born in Novohrad-Volynskiy. Ukrainka writes her first poem Hope at the age of 8. She becomes one of the most prolific Ukrainian writers, creating epic poems, prose dramas, as well as writing sociopolitical critiques.

27 February 1965

The Antonov An-22 makes its first flight. The prototype is given the name Antheus, and after four months of testing is presented at the Paris Air Show. The AN-22 beats 21 world records. Furthermore, it is the world’s largest turboprop-powered aircraft.

27 February 2011

Galyna Kolotnytska, Muammar Gaddafi’s “voluptuous” nurse, flees Libya for Ukraine. Sources say she was his closest confidante and possible lover.

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Kateryna Kyselyova


Kyiv Today

Turning Our Green Spaces Blue Kyiv once had the market on green European cities. Unfortunately, urbanisation has taken the place of many former parks and recreational zones. One of the few areas left still lush and lovely that hasn’t been totally taken over by the biting teeth of development is located smack-bang in the middle of the Dnipro. More or less protected for the time being, the Kyiv Islands are archipelagos of wild nature. With business developers chomping at the bit to get in with their bulldozers, however, their future is of increasing concern.


ocated in between the right and left banks of the Dnipro are Hydropark and Trukhaniv Island. Chaotically and unsystematically organised, they are occupied by venues of sport and leisure, which come at a cost to the islands and as well as its inhabitants. With plans in the works for even more development, the average metropolitan citizen may no longer be able to enjoy the river without being inundated by noise pollution, litter and funfair fumes. To ensure that any and all development is in the interest of the environment and the city’s citizens, an international competition dedicated to the urban planning and preservation of the Kyiv Islands was implemented last fall. Recently presented to the Kyiv Administration, What’s On takes a closer look at the problem and talks to the Kyiv Islands project administrator as well as its winner.

Pearls of the Dnipro

The competition, Pearls of the Dnipro, was announced last September. Its goal was to uncover ideas for the future development of the Kyiv Islands while preserving various parts in the process. Initiated by Kyiv architect

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Serhiy Tselovalnyk, entries from participants all over the world were accepted. The competition itself included the 37 different islands, such as Velyky, Muromets, Trukhaniv, Dolobetsky, Venetsiansky, Zhukiv, Kozachy and Olgyn. Housing numerous unique plants, animals and birds, as registered in the Red Book of Endangered Species, Zhukiv Island is perhaps the biggest and most significant of them all. The area is supposed to be protected. And yet the Kyiv Administration has been known to issue permits to a number of organisations, including pseudoecological groups, to use the land. Despite its long and sordid history of scandalous and at times illegal seizure, the island still operates as a self-sufficient eco-system, and building anything on or around the area is, by law, prohibited. Expanses such as Trukhaniv Island and Hydropark are already too far gone. Dotted with ugly and often haphazard sport and leisure sites, competition organiser Serhiy Tselovalnyk recognised Kyiv’s need for a modern, systematic project, which would not only preserve the reservation but allow citizens a place to jog, sunbathe, swim and relax. Despite the current ‘protected’ status of the area, Tselovalnyk says he has received various propositions from big-time investors wanting to tear up the lush green forests and river shores. “The last straw was an expensive brochure featuring the Dnipro Islands with a 6,000 capacity movie theatre, river-side hotels, parking lots and more. I said to myself right there and then that I wasn’t going to accept such proposals anymore. Instead, I opted to initiate this competition to generate ideas on how we could preserve the island eco-system and develop it for Kyiv inhabitants.”

International Interest

Receiving 48 projects from 23 different countries, participants were from all over, including Ukraine, Russia, Romania, India, Columbia, Finland, Great Britain and the US. Forty-five projects were deemed acceptable according to the rules, and the jury, by way of online voting, narrowed the final options down to eight. Made up of well-respected and famous urban architects, the international panel of judges consisted of Lorenz Dexler from Germany, Willem Jan Neutelings and Theo Hauben from the Netherlands, François de Marignac from Switzerland, along with a number of Ukrainian architects and authorities. Tselovalnyk recalls the process: “Before discussing anything, we all stuck yellow post-its on the project we each liked the best. What’s interesting, is that one project ended up with seven out of a total eight pieces of paper. Mine was the exception! It was beautiful and sexy in its representation – imagine, if you can, icebergs and other fantastic things floating along the Dnipro! Unfortunately, it would have been near impossible to complete.” Guaranteeing transparency and equality, the projects were coded with randomly-chosen numbers so that the jury was unaware of who was behind which project. After arguments both for and against each project were voiced, first place with a sum of $20,000 was presented to Wolf House Production, a group from Romania, and their project, The Blue Line. The team included two urban planners – Iulian Canov and Cristina Zlota, three architects – Vlad Stoica, Rozina Dragomir and Alexandru Tudose, and the project head – Gabriel Pascariu, PhD in urban architecture, experienced urban planner and professor at The Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. The idea? Unite the whole island system with a water tram. Rozina Dragomir, one of the project architects, was the one who came to Kyiv to promote The Blue Line. “A few of us had a little time at the end of last year and were looking for a competition in which to take part. We

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This Week Theatre & Classical Music

24 February – 1 March 2012

Modern Carmen

Carmen. TV by KMB, Kyiv Theatre of Opera & Ballet for Children & Youth (Mezhyhirska 2)

25 February at 19.00

Conceived by the Kyiv Modern Ballet, Carmen is not a poor gypsy who dances in the street at all, but rather an all around regal woman of the court. This sad but timeless story is accompanied by the music of Georges Bizet, and is an outstanding contemporary piece with the flavour of old Spain. Putting a spell on audiences in the Netherlands, Russia, Moldavia, Romania and Belorussia, tonight it’ll put a spell on you. For tickets or more information call 425-3116.


Friday  ymphonic S Survey Featuring Pavlovsky (Russia, cello), Academic Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine Works by Haydn, Scriabin Time: 19.00 National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2) 278-1697 Second and Eternity Mono-play Time: 19.00 House of Actors (Yaroslaviv Val 7) 253-8247/2081 C  lassics on Fridays Alter Ratio Vocal Ensemble of Modern Music Time: 20.00 Master Klass Cultural Centre (Lavrska 16) 594-1063 Vienna Waltz Ballet in 2 acts Time: 19.00 National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50) 279-1169 The Cherry Orchard Comedy in 4 acts Time: 19.00 L Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (B Khmelnytskoho 5) 234-4223 Woman in the Sand Parable Time: 19.00 Suzirya Theatre (Yaroslaviv Val 16) 212-4188


Saturday Oedipus. Dog House Play in Ukrainian in 2 acts Time: 19.00 Dakh Modern Art Theatre (V Vasylkivska 136) 529-4062 Madam Butterfly Opera in Italian in 3 acts Time: 19.00 National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50) 279-1169 Oscar – God A secret dialogue Time: 19.00 Suzirya Theatre (Yaroslaviv Val 16) 212-4188

Igor Zavadsky (accordion) in concert Time: 19.00 House of Actors (Yaroslaviv Val 7) 253-8247/2081 A Wife is a Wife Vaudeville in 2 acts Time: 19.00 I Franko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (Ivana Franka 3) 279-5921 1001 Passions/The Little Things in Life Tragic comedy Time: 12.00 Stone Host Drama Time: 19.00 L Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (B Khmelnytskoho 55) 234-4223 The Deer King A comic fairytale Time: 19.00 Plastic Drama Theatre (Shovkovychna 7a) 253-9383

Last Love Melodrama in 2 acts Time: 18.00 My Mocking Happiness A staged novel Time: 19.00 L Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (B Khmelnytskoho 5) 234-4223 Empty Trash Crazy comedy in 2 acts Time: 19.00 Molody Theatre (Prorizna 17) 278-7392 Stolen Happiness Drama Time: 19.00 Suzirya Theatre (Yaroslaviv Val 16) 212-4188


Monday Stabat Mater Featuring Lavrenova (mezzosoprano), Biluch (violin), Charechko (organ). Works by Vivaldi, Handel, Marcello Time: 19.30 National House of Organ and Chamber Music (V Vasylkivska 77) 528-3186 Cynical Comedy

Play Time: 19.00 Fat Pig Comedy Time: 20.00 L Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (B Khmelnytskoho 5) 234-4223

Oedipus. Dog House Play in Ukrainian in 2 acts Time: 19.00 Dakh Modern Art Theatre (V Vasylkivska 136) 529-4062


The Deer King A comic fairytale Time: 19.00 Plastic Drama Theatre (Shovkovychna 7a) 253-9383

Zorba the Greek Play in 2 acts Time: 19.00 I Franko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (Ivana Franka 3) 279-5921


An Evening of Haydn Featuring Longato (Italy, piano), Kyiv Soloists National Chamber Ensemble Works by Haydn, Holst, KilarOrava Time: 19.00 National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2) 278-1697 Organ Duets Featuring Kalunovska (organ), Sudorenko (organ) Works by Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Tchaikovsky Time: 19.30 National House of Organ and Chamber Music (V Vasylkivska 77) 528-3186  RYN Folk-band 10-Year Anniversary Concert Featuring Kandurina (violin, alt), Krychkova (bass), Yakovenko (guitar, flutes, bouzouki), Ivanov (violin, mandolin, alt, bagpipes), Kadenko (guitar, piano), Time: 19.00 House of Actors (Yaroslaviv Val 7) 253-8247/2081 Moment of Love Investigative experiment Time: 19.00 Suzirya Theatre (Yaroslaviv Val 16) 212-4188

The 105th Page of Love Drama in 2 acts Time: 19.00 L Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (B Khmelnytskoho 55) 234-4223 S  pectators Not Permitted Comedy Time: 19.00 Drama & Comedy Theatre on the Dnipro (Brovarskiy Pr 25) 517-1955 Oedipus. Dog House Play in Ukrainian in 2 acts Time: 19.00 Dakh Modern Art Theatre (V Vasylkivska 136) 529-4062


Wednesday S  olomon Oratorio by George Handel Featuring Lyatoshynsky Ensemble of Classical Music Time: 19.30 National House of Organ and Chamber Music (V Vasylkivska 77) 528-3186

Diary of a Madman Mono play Time: 19.00 House of Actors (Yaroslaviv Val 7) 253-8247/2081 M  arriage An incredible event in 2 acts Time: 19.00 I Franko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (Ivana Franka 3) 279-5921 T  heme and Variations. Live Time: 20.00 Master Klass Cultural Centre (Lavrska 16) 594-1063 Mrs Minister Comedy in 4 acts Time: 19.00 L Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (B Khmelnytskoho 55) 234-4223 Where Wind Blows Comedy Time: 19.00 Drama & Comedy Theatre on the Dnipro (Brovarskiy Pr 25) 517-1955 Inlay Poetic performance Time: 19.00 Molody Theatre (Prorizna 17) 278-7392 Oscar – God A secret dialogue Time: 19.00 Suzirya Theatre (Yaroslaviv Val 16) 212-4188 Oedipus. Dog House Play in Ukrainian in 2 acts Time: 19.00 Dakh Modern Art Theatre (V Vasylkivska 136) 529-4062


Thursday The Overly-Happy Father Comedy in 2 acts Time: 19.00 L Ukrainka Russian Drama Theatre (B Khmelnytskoho 55) 234-4223

T  he Killer Phantasmagoria Time: 19.00 Golden Gate Theatre (Hrushevskoho 1a) 501-8595


Sunday Nostalgia An evening of romances Time: 19.00 House of Actors (Yaroslaviv Val 7) 253-8247 Daniela Ballet in 2 acts Time: 12.00 Rural Honour Carmen-suite Time: 19.00 National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50) 279-1169 A  nthem for Democratic Youth 6 lyrical stories Time: 19.00 I Franko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (Ivana Franka 3) 279-5921

The Art of Piano

Alain Planes (France), National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2)

25 February at 19.00

French pianist Alain Plaines is a talented guy. Soloist, chamber music instrumentalist, accompanist and teacher, he works with highflying composers like Deleuze, Cassandre, Malraux and Miro on a regular basis. This is your opportunity to enjoy the creations of Schubert and Debussy with a little French flair. Don’t miss it! Tickets are 20 – 100hrv. For more information call 278-1697. : What's On Recommended

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Live Music

24 February – 1 March 2012

Right on the Lips

The Hardkiss (electro pop), Bazaar (Besarabska 2a)

24 February at 20.30

This mysterious foursome have been working their way through the showbiz world rather diligently, and are back again this weekend with a concert in Bazaar. They had a powerful jumpstart last year with their hits Babylon and Dance With Me, getting them into some of the best concert halls in Kyiv. A huge coup for the group was their performance at MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale) 2012 where the rocked the stage in Cannes. Back with a toolbox of emotion, take them in tonight. Admission is free. For more information call 238-2111.


Friday Y  uriy Shevchuk (Russian rock) Time: 19.00 Admission: 250-1950hrv Franko Theatre (I Franka 3) 279-5921 Light Flirt (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: 50hrv Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137 Bangladesh Orchestra, Partyzanski Vytivky (cover bands) Time: 22.00 Admission: 75hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717 Renaissance, Red Rocks (cover bands) Time: 22.00 Admission: 75hrv Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528 Riffs (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Star Pub (Popudenka 1a) 292-2900 Lucky Band, Carte Blanche Time: 21.00 Admission: 30hrv Bochka Khmilna (B Khmelnytskoho 3b) 390-6106 Chill Out, Lucky Band (cover bands) Time: 21.00 Admission: 30hrv Bochka Pyvna (Khreshchatyk 19a) 459-0551 Geyser (pop-rock) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366

Non Cadenza, MJ Project (pop fusion, cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: 50hrv Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137

C  hizh & Co, Ruky v Bryuky (rock, cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: call for details Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528

Carnival Heat (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: 75hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717

Sacramento, Krainau (cover bands) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865

Easy Dizzy, More Khuana (cover bands) Time: 22.00 Admission: 75hrv Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528

Blues Jam (cover band) Time: 20.00 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Konstantynivska 2a) 425-0281

Tex-Mex Co (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Star Pub (Popudenka 1a) 292-2900 Hot Guys, Tres Deseos (cover bands) Time: 21.00 Admission: 20hrv Bochka Khmilna (B Khmelnytskoho 3b) 390-6106 Tres Deseos, Hot Guys (cover bands) Time: 21.00 Admission: 20hrv Bochka Pyvna (Khreshchatyk 19a) 459-0551 Psoi Galactionovich Korolenko (pop-rock) Time: 20.00 Admission: 60-80hrv Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366 DaraiDa (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865 Rock Four (cover band) Time: 20.00 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Konstantynivska 2a) 425-0281

Rock Fest (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979


Monday Konada (pop-rock) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137 Night Block (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717 Animals’ Session (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528


Tuesday Jazz Karaoke (jazz) Time: 22.00 Admission: 40hrv Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137 Tres Deseos (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: 20hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717 Chill Out (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528 Tropicana (Latino dance party) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Star Pub (Popudenka 1a) 292-2900 More Khuana (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865 Albion (cover band) Time: 20.00 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Konstantynivska 2a) 425-0281



Cadillac Records Jam (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: call for details Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137


Mykhailo Evtushenko Band (jazz) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137

Max Tavricheskiy (cover band) Time: 20.00 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Konstantynivska 2a) 425-0281

The Magma (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: 30hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717

K  onstyantyn Nikolskiy (guitar, rock) Time: 19.00 Admission: 150-850hrv October Palace (Instytutska 1) 279-1582

Animals’ Session (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717

Four From Liverpool (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979

Rocking Wolves (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528

Riders (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979


Dyadya Vasya (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865

Partyzanski Vytivky (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Bochka Pyvna (Khreshchatyk 19a) 459-0551

Serhiy Surpun (cover band) Time: 20.00 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Konstantynivska 2a) 425-0281

M  oonspell (Portugal, gothic metal) Time: 19.00 Admission: 200hrv Bingo Club (Peremohy Pr 112) 424-2555 Vyacheslav Malezhik (Russia, pop) Time: 19.00 Admission: 150-450hrv Kyiv Conservatory (Horodetskoho 1-3/11)  279-1242 S  piritual Front (Italy, neofolk, progressive) Time: 22.00 Admission: 150-400hrv Sullivan Room (Prorizna 8) 066-813-2012 Riva Rochi (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: call for details Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137

A Quarter of Century

Serhiy Penkin (Russia, pop), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103)

26 February at 19.00

Truthfully, there are those who aren’t particularly fond of Serhiy Penkin. He has a very liberal attitude to life, which is something he’s not afraid to incorporate into his stage persona. Getting started almost 25 years ago and still playing stadiums, however, both his fans as well as the Guinness Book of Records have only good things to say about his 4-octave range. He is our Elton John, and for that we love him. Tickets are 250 – 1600hrv. For more information call 247−2444.


Yukhym Dym (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865

Jean Tonic (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979

Carte Blanche (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Bochka Khmilna (B Khmelnytskoho 3b) 390-6106



M  isfits (US, punk) Time: 20.00 Admission: 300hrv Bingo Club (Peremohy Pr 112) 424-2555

Tex-Mex Co (cover band) Time: 20.00 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Konstantynivska 2a) 425-0281

Vanilla Wave (jazz) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366


Ace Ventura (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979

Boogie Woogie Jam Slam, My Last Corporation (pop-rock) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366

Vasya Club, Animals’ Session (cover bands) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865

More Khuana (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Star Pub (Popudenka 1a) 292-2900

Dandy (cover band) Time: 21.30 Admission: call for details Porter Pub (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979

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This Week


24 February – 1 March 2012

Snow Exhibition of art objects and graphics by Maria Pavlenko Until 5 March Mystetskiy Arsenal (Lavrska 10-12) 288-5225

Book of Night Exhibition of photographs by Jason Langer Until 14 March Brucie Collections (Artema 55b) 205-4264

War Steals Childhood Exhibition of photographs by various artists Until 29 February Mironova Gallery (Olhynska 6) 277-8888

Over the Top Exhibition of art objects and paintings by Oleh Pedan and Anna Silivonchik Until 29 February Parsuna Gallery (Khoryva 43) 425-2415

Simple Art for Simple People Exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Gary Hume Until 1 April PinchukArtCentre (Baseina 1/3-2) 590-0858

Meditation. 30 February

Exhibition of paintings by Yuriy Vakulenko, Kyiv Fine Art Gallery (Darvina 5)

From 28 February Mechanic Body Exhibition of paintings by Mykyta Kravtsov Until 7 March YA Gallery (Voloska 55/57) 537-3351

Brainstorming ideas for a new art project, well-known Ukrainian artist Yuriy Vakulenko hit upon an interesting concept. Calling the project 30 February, he draws on ideas that don’t exist, highlighting them magnificently in his abstract paintings. Not unlike this un-day of the year, all of these items live in the imagination of this creative artist. For more information call 490-5858.

Quotes Exhibition of works by Mykola Belous Until 18 March National Museum of Ukraine (Hrushevskoho 6) 278-1357

Beauty and Serenity Exhibition of paintings by Anna Gidora Until 13 March Triptych-Art Gallery (Desyatynna 13) 279-0949


The Price of Pompousness

Star Boy, Pechersk Art Centre (Moskovska 3)

25 February and 3, 4, 30 March at 12.00

The Pechersk Art Centre is presenting an afternoon full of wisdom and truth for kids aged 5 – 12. The star of the show is Star Boy, a selfish character who thinks far too much of himself and continuously upsets his mother. Only after the fact does he realise what a numbskull he’s been and goes off to apologise. The way back proves adventuresome if a little dangerous. Will Star Boy learn his lesson? Tickets are 30hrv. For more information call 590-5555.

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Puppet Theatre Hrushevskoho 1A (metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti) 278-5808

Circus Peremohy 2 (metro Vokzalna) 486-3927

Municipal Puppet Theatre Mytropolska 1 513-1500

Zoo Peremohy Pr. 32 241-7769

Marionette Theatre Sahaidochnoho 29/3 (metro Poshtova Ploshcha) 417-3058

Dyvosvit 4D cinema, children’s labyrinth, attractions Marshala Malinovskoho 24/10 502-0088


Friday Sleeping Beauty Ballet in 2 acts Time: 13.00 Kyiv Theatre of Opera & Ballet for Children & Youth (Mezhyhirska 2) 425-3116 Chief Redskin Tragic comedy in 2 acts for children 7+ Time: 12.00 Lypska Youth Theatre (Lypska 15/17) 253-6219

The Speckled Hen and the Golden Sun Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 11.00 Puss in Boots Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 13.00 Cinderella Puppet-play for children 4+ Time: 15.00 Peter Pan Puppet-play for children 5+ Time: 17.00 Kyiv Puppet Theatre (Hrushevskoho 1a) 278-0566


The Snow Queen Musical fairytale in 2 acts for children 7+ Time: 12.00 Lypska Youth Theatre (Lypska 15/17) 253-6219

The History of Kai and Gerda Opera from the Snow Queen in 2 acts Time: 12.00 Kyiv Theatre of Opera & Ballet for Children & Youth (Mezhyhirska 2) 425-3116

The Bremen Musicians Musical in 2 acts Time: 12.00 I Franko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (Ivana Franka 3) 279-5921


Butterfly Ultramarine Cinema, children’s playground, bowling, arcade Uritskoho 1A (metro Vokzalna) 206-0350 Kobzov Circus 239-2181 Prospekt Pobedy 82 Mystical-Aquarium Centre Koshytsa 8A (metro Poznyaky) 502-1796

Nemo Dolphinarium Akademika Glushkova 9 520-5550 Kyiv Planetarium Chervonoarmiyska 57/3 287-7508 Aquapark Terminal Aquapark, shopping and entertainment centre Kyivska 316 in the town of Brovary 200-1450

Yasnogorodskya Ostrich Farm Podlesnaya 32, Yasnohorodska (30km outside of Kyiv) 782-3240 Hopak in Kyiv Hopak Training Centres 332-7747 or 067-933-3244 Visit Nabeg Horseback Riding Centre Vishgorodska 85 067-712-3384

Kotigoroshko Musical fairytale in 2 acts Time: 12.00 I Franko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (Ivana Franka 3) 279-5921

The Nutcracker Ballet in 2 acts Time: 12.00 & 15.00 Kyiv Theatre of Opera & Ballet for Children & Youth (Mezhyhirska 2) 425-3116


Good Horton Musical play Time: 12.00 Green Hills of the Ocean Fairytale in 1 act for children 5+ Time: 13:00 Lypska Youth Theatre (Lypska 15/17) 253-6219

Sunday The Three Little Pigs Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 11.00 The Golden Chicken Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 13.00 Marika and the Bear Puppet-play in Russian for children 3+ Time: 15.00 The Golden Key Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 17.00 Kyiv Puppet Theatre (Hrushevskoho 1a) 278-0566

Kyiv Horse Race Track Akademika Glushkova 10 266-2223 State Museum of Toys Klovskiy 8 253-5400 Interesniy Kiev Tours in and around Kyiv in English! 491-1176 or 068-121-4458 Visit tour/english

Cinderella New Year play Time: 12.00 I Franko Ukrainian Drama Theatre (Ivana Franka 3) 279-5921

Pyrohovo Open Air Museum Folk architecture and life Marshrutka #3/156 from metro Lybydska 526-5542 Mamaeva Sloboda Outdoor Cossack Museum Mykhayla Dontsya 2, Otradniy region 361-9848

Nivky Park Children’s playground, rifle ranges, walking paths, cafes Prospect Pobedy 82 Kurenevskiy Park Playgrounds, attractions, cafes Frunze 134 National Botanical Garden Open year round Timiryazevskaya 1

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24 February – 1 March 2012

The Apocalypse is Coming

Pirate Station Apocalypse, International Exhibition Centre (Brovarsky Pr 15)

25 February at 20.00

There are five suns in the Mayan cosmos. Currently in the era of the fifth sun, this period is known as The Movement: Movement of the People, the Planets and the Stars. Some say that after this fifth and last sun, the world is destined to just disappear. Some say it is the beginning of another epoch. It is with this premise Pirate Station comes to Kyiv for the fourth and maybe the last time. Bringing drum’n’bass at its best, gymnasts, acrobats, jugglers and dancers along with top acts Immortal, Network and Teatro will leave you singed. Tickets are 199 – 349hrv. For more information visit


Friday O  dessa Beauties with DJ Alfred and DJ Kovalevsky Time: 23.00 Admission: call for details Museum le Club (Muzeyniy 10) 253-0150 Disco Time – Disco Favourite Hits! Time: 21.00 Admission: L-40hrv, G-60hrv Gallery Bar (Peremogy Prosp 47/2) 453-37-27  

Latin American Live Music and Disco Time: 22.00 Admission: L-100hrv, G-150hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290 Night of Sexoholics Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-30hrv, G-50hrv, after L-50hrv, G-70hrv Bionica (Borshchahivska 128a) 232-7296 Slow and Sure Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free before 23.00, after L-50hrv, G-100hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024

Old School Rave with Suhar, Minikin, Yarik Zipmix, Animado, Karasi and Crawler Time: 23.00 Admission: 50hrv Cinema Club (Entusiastiv 1) 555-5854

 rand Birthday Party – G Byblos 1 Year Time: 20.00 Admission: free Byblos (Artema 20) 288-1888

Shot Party Time: 23.00 Admission: L-free, G-free before 00.00, 50hrv after Sullivan Room (Prorizna 8) 066-485-5555

Essence of Love with DJ Neytroliz, Fireworks, Shummi, DJ Kit, Roland and more Time: 23.00 Admission: L-25hrv, G-50hrv Egoist (Horlovskaya 124/140) 223-36-33

M  en’s Night – Celebrating The Day of Men Time: 21.00 Admission: free until 23.00, after call for details D’Lux (Hrushevskoho 3) 200-9009

Disco Friday Time: 22.00 Admission: L-free before 00.00, after L-30hrv, G-50hrv Prime (Nauki 8) 524-2209

Technodance Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.30 L-25hrv, G-30hrv, after L-40hrv, G-50hrv Saxon (Trutenko 4) 257-4070 Club Styles Video Mix Project Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.30 L-30hrv, G-50hrv, after L-50hrv, G-60hrv Forsage (Harmatna 51a) 232-6780 Gwen Maze (France) Time: 21.00 Admission: Free Boom Boom Room (Shevchenko 33) 747-0023 Mash-Up Girls Party Time: 22.00 Admission: 50hrv Baby Face (Shchorsa 44) 286-0777 Light Friday with DJ Under Beat Time: 22.00 Admission: free before 23.00, after L-10hrv, G-40hrv Aldo (Milyutenko 7) 067-536-6565


Saturday The Timewriter Time: 22.00 Admission: call for details Mantra (V Vasylkivska 5) 336-2848 Freak Me Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.30 L-25hrv, G-30hrv, after L-40hrv, G-50hrv Saxon (Trutenko 4) 257-4070 Retro Disco Time: 21.00 Admission: L-40hrv, G-60hrv Gallery Bar (Peremogy Prosp 47/2) 453-37-27 Odessa Weekend Time: 23.00 Admission: call for details Museum le Club (Muzeyniy 10) 253-0150 DJ Baur Time: 21.00 Admission: free until 23.00, call for details after D’Lux (Hrushevskoho 3) 200-9009 Love and Ladies Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free, G-50hrv Sakhar Party Bar (Dekabrystov 12/37) 563-9662

hits Only Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free, G-50hrv Sakhar Party Bar (Dekabrystov 12/37) 563-9662

Tasty with Las Wild, Fireworks and DJ Estetixx Time: 22.00 Admission: 40hrv Aldo (Milyutenko 7) 067-536-6565

Disco Party Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free, G-call for details Aura (Vyshhorodskaya 28/1) 237-7023

Tito (FRANCE) Time: 21.00 Admission: Free Boom Boom Room (Shevchenko 33) 747-0023

Warm up with Fiesta Time: 22.00 Admission: call for details Fiesta (Horkoho 115d) 462-1477

Latin American Live Music Time: 20.00 Admission- L- 100hrv-G-150hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 2881290

Are You Techno with Roy Rosenfeld Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.30 L-30hrv, G-50hrv, after L-50hrv, G-70hrv Forsage (Harmatna 51a) 232-6780 Sexy Pyjama Party Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free before 23.00, after L-50hrv, G-100hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 First Meeting of the Inhabitants of Auto World with Ira Champion Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-30hrv, G-50hrv, after L-50hrv G-70hrv Bionica (Borshchahivska 128a) 232-7296 Prime Techno with DJ Topspin and Dmit Kitz Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-30hrv, G-40hrv, after L-50hrv, G-60hrv Prime (Nauki 8) 524-2209 Disco Party Time: 22.00 Admission: call for details Fiesta (Horkoho 115d) 462-1477


Sunday RnB Boom Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.30 L-10hrv, G-15hrv, after L-20hrv, G-30hrv Forsage (Harmatna 51a) 232-6780

Fun Evening Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free, G-50hrv Sakhar Party Bar (Dekabrystov 12/37) 563-9662 P  i Pi Pi...BSP Time: 22.00 Admission: L-free, G-100hrv (only after 00.00) Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 Phototerapia with Kirill Mixer, Ruby, Ruzhinsky, DJ Jakonda aka Karenchik, Spieler, Horsy Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-10hrv, G-15hrv, after L-15hrv, G-30hrv Saxon (Trutenko 4) 257-4070


Monday Z odiac Night Time: 22.00 Admission: free Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 Pivomania - DJ Size Time: 21.00 Admission: free Aura (Vyshhorodskaya 28/1) 237-7023 Salsadromo Time: 21.00 Admission: L-20hrv, G-50hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290


Tuesday Mojito Night Time: 22.00 Admission: free Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 Radio Days Time: 21.00 Admission: free Aura (Vyshgorodskaya 28/1) 237-7023 Disco-Latino Time: 22.00 Admission: L-40hrv, G-60hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290


Wednesday W  omen’s Feast with MC Club Nichka and More Time: 21.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-free, after L-50hrv, G-100hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 Audiomania Time: 19.00 Admission: L-Free, G-30hrv Sakhar Party Bar (Dekabrystov 12/37) 563-9662 Dance Marathon Time: 21.00 Admission: free Aura (Vyshgorodskaya 28/1) 237-7023 Erotic Show and Amateur Striptease Time: 21.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-free, after 50hrv, G-150hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290


Thursday Crazy 30 Time: 21.00 Admission: 30hrv Aura (Vyshhorodskaya 28/1) 237-7023 Disco 90s Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free, G-30hrv Sakhar Party Bar (Dekabrystov 12/37) 563-9662 Disco-Latino Time: 22.00 Admission: L-40hrv, G-60hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290

Night of Sex Instruction Time: 22.00 Admission: L-free, G-free before 23.00, 30hrv after Bionica (Borshchahivska 128a) 232-7296 Salsadromo and Discotheque Time: 21.00 Admission: L-40hrv, G-60hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290

Turn On the Stereo

Stereo MCs (UK, hip hop, house), Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1)

25 February at 21.00

It’s true, Stereo MCs have been around for some time. And it’s also true most acts trying to give their careers a kick-start often start in international-act-deprived Eastern Europe. But there’s no denying these “big boys of British rap” have got something. Most famous for their hit Connected, which made it all the way over to the US in the early 90s, they’re headed this way next month. Feeling sentimental about your formative years? Get yourself a ticket. Tickets are 250 – 900hrv. For more information call 288-5069. : What's On Recommended

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Coming Soon Temptation Overflowing

Carmen-Street & Paquita (ballet), National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50)

17 March at 12.00 & 19.00

Women’s Day No Trouble Here Andru Donalds, Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1)

3 March at 19.00

You might not think you know this guy. However, if you turn on your computer and type in the word Mishale, you’ll come across a song everybody was bopping to in the mid 90s. Getting a call to work with Enigma in 1998, he’s been with them ever since. While he has continued work on his own albums, the sixth and most recent Trouble In Paradise released just last year, leading Enigma to record sales into the tens of millions has been his true claim to fame. Tickets are 290 – 800hrv. For more information call 288-5069.

For You – The One, Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103)

3 March at 19.00

Imagine all of the most vociferous men of Ukraine and Russia coming together on one stage to serenade you. You might say it’s not possible. We say it’s happening, but for one night only! Celebrating women and the coming of spring, Nikolay Baskov, Volodymyr Gryshko, Alexander Serov, Stas Pieha along with Alessandro Safina and many more will do their best to impress. Accompanied by Ukraine’s symphonic orchestra, champagne and a chocolate fountain are included in the price of your ticket. Tickets are 400 – 2500hrv. For more information call 247-2316.

The Young Kyiv Ballet have prepared an incredible show in which ballet is intertwined with a bit of break. If you have not already witnessed the feats of these youngsters on various televised dance programmes, this is your opportunity to fill that gap. Another reason to come out is Japan’s Tisato Isicava, who will be playing the role of the Spanish Carmen. An interesting choice indeed, and one more reason to get your tickets today. Tickets are 30 – 220hrv.For more information call 279-1169.

Cream of the Crop

Brussels Project w/ Svyatoslav Vakarchuk (pop-rock), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 17)


Madonna (US, pop), Olympic Stadium (V Vasylkivska 55)

4 August at 19.00

Finally! The world’s most popular diva is coming to Kyiv! Yes, yes, yes, it’s Madonna!!! Making waves since 1982, she’s been ‘expressing herself’ ever since, and has been voted favourite pop artist, best actress, best album, most fashionable artist – the list goes on – from almost every imaginable awards organisation there is. Now she’s coming to Kyiv. Will she get you Into The Groove? Tickets TBA. For more information call 080-050-5750.

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27 April at 20.00

Okean Elzy’s Slava Vakarchuk has been busy working on a second solo project. Calling it Brussels, he unveiled it online, giving the entire country the opportunity to experience it for the first time absolutely free! Recorded in August of last year, famous Ukrainian musicians Serhiy Babkin, Dmytro Shurov, Maks Malyshev and Petro Chernyavskiy made the trip to the city of the album’s namesake. Now making their way through Ukraine and across the CIS, this is your opportunity to check out the new tunes live! Tickets are 200 – 1800hrv. For more information call 222-8040.

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Gypsy Camp In Town

Under the X-ray

Exhibition of photographs by Nick Veasey, Brucie Collections (Artema 55b)

28 March – 13 May

Extraordinary English photographer Nick Veasey is bringing his best works to Kyiv. Using an x-ray machine instead of a camera, Nick literally uncovers what’s hidden inside, whether it’s a teddy bear or a bus full of people. Starting out as an ordinary photographer, he took an x-ray of a coke can one day which changed everything. Now he is known as the guy who took the biggest x-ray ever – a full-size shot of a Boeing 777. For more information call 205-4264.

A Symphonic World Musical Classics, Kyiv Theatre of Opera & Ballet for Children & Youth (Mezhyhirska 2)

24 March at 12.00

Every parent endeavours to bring up well-behaved and well-educated children. This afternoon of musical classics, provided by the Kyiv Theatre of Opera & Ballet for Children & Youth, makes those noble aspirations that much easier. With all of the instruments of the orchestra and their history, symphonic music has never been so easily accessible. Tickets are 10 – 100hrv. For more information call 425-4280.

Happy Spring!

Spring Flowers Party, Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1)

2 March at 21.00

Spring is on its way, and What’s On wants to celebrate! The evening starts out with Sirena, voted Best Ukrainian Act 2011 by MTV European Music Awards, then moves on to legendary pop-rockers SKAI who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year! Famous showman Andriy Kishe will be behind the turntable while driving force Igor Posypayko will be the man at the mic. We guarantee you a good time! All you need to do is think spring! Admission is 100hrv. For more information call 459-0553 or 288-5074

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Take the Plunge, For a Second Time Sensation, International Expo Centre (Brovarsky Pr 15)

5 May at 20.00

What can one call Sensation? A party? An understatement. A happening? Again, the word doesn’t quite capture the scale of this undertaking. Sensation is an event – an event like no other. Boasting a top-rated raft of DJ talent, truly extraordinary sets and lighting, and what is guaranteed to be a terrific overall atmosphere, any Kyiv dance-mad clubber would be out of his/her mind to miss this blockbuster for its second annual appearance. More details will be made available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. Tickets 699 – 1399hrv. For more information visit

Winter Tales Revived Fooling Around With Lyapis

Lyapis Trubetskoi (Belorussia, poprock), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 17)

1 April at 19.00

Always up for a good time, your best bet for April Fool’s Day this 2012 is a night with Belorussian rockers, Lyapis Trubetskoi. Their new programme, called Don’t Be a Bully, highlights our current sociological problems with witty satirical lyrics and typical poprock fashion. Some of it you’ll understand, some of it you won’t. Be sure you’ll have a very good time through it all regardless. Tickets are 150 – 750hrv. For more information call 222-8040.

The Nutcracker (ballet in 2 acts) by the Young Kyiv Baller, Kyiv Conservatory (Horodetskoho 1-3/11)

25 March at 12.00

If you’ve been hiding from the ballet because of winter’s frost, it’s time to get out and love the cold season just a little bit before it all melts away. The sun’s out, but there’s still snow on the ground, making it the perfect atmosphere for the action-packed ballet, The Nutcracker. Inviting you into a spectacular world where both adults and children can forget the humdrum reality of the real world, this spectacular fairytale is appropriate no matter what the temperature outside! Tickets are 80 – 300hrv. For more information call 279-1242.

Rico Sanchez & The Gypsies (flamenco, gypsy rumba), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103)

6 March at 19.00

Gypsy music is enflaming, and makes people do crazy things. Take German-born Ljupco Kurcievsk, for example, whereupon hearing the Gypsy Kings for the first time in a little Spanish pub in Dusseldorf, he changed his name to Rico Sanchez and went on tour. Playing to audiences all over Europe and parts of Asia, Rico Sanchez & the Gypsies always fascinate spectators with their original sound, “turning every event into an unforgettable party.” Tickets are 150 – 1200hrv. For more information call 247−2444.

Better Late Than Never

Poets of the Fall (Finland, rock), Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1)

25 March at 20.00

These four guys from Finland might never have guessed how famous they’d become in writing what has now become their most popular hit, Late Goodbyes. The song was chosen for the soundtrack to video game Max Payne II back in 2003, kick-starting the band’s massive career. Since that time, the Poets have released four albums, one of which has reached gold status, and two that have gone platinum. Playing the European circuit and loving it, they’re here in March – don’t miss out! Tickets are 350hrv. For more information call 538-0100.

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Yuliya Hudoshnyk


Ukraine Today

Hide and Seek

Most everyone is in constant pursuit of something, whether it’s a new apartment, a new job, or a new dream. For some, that quest is a little more serious, bordering on life and death. In search of a place that will offer protection from repression, refugees from all over the world leave their dangerous homelands to come knocking on Ukraine’s door. They are seeking seclusion, they are seeking safety. But will they find it here?


hope I won’t be killed. I hope nobody is chasing me. I hope we’ll never be forced to leave our home.” This is the poster that catches my eye as soon as I enter the Rokoda Integration Centre, a charitable foundation for refugees in Ukraine. Founded 14 years ago, the centre’s main goal is providing refugees with educational and cultural support. “Just imagine the culture shock these people must experience. They understand neither the language nor the traditions of Ukraine. What we try and do is give them a basic knowledge of the place in which they now live,” says Chairman of the Board, Natalia Gourjii. Typically mistaken for illegal immigrants who have come to make their fortunes, the truth is most are running from persecution and are desperate for freedom and, more than anything, peace. Meeting with the local Ukrainian population, who are often extremely xenophobic, runaways find warmth and compassion at Rokada. Unfortunately, it may soon share the fate of those it currently protects. Looking at a possible forced

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closedown, “What will people do without us?” asks Natalia. “The fate of refugees there now and those who will need our help in the future must be fought for.”

The Exile

The majority of refugees in Ukraine come from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Vietnam. Trying to escape the social and political circumstances found in their home countries, most come to Kyiv in search of a better life. United in the Rokada Integration Centre, there are many activities for refugees to engage in: theatre, painting, IT and much more. Because of the complicated financial situation, the centre can’t really afford paid help. They do, however, have a cavalcade of eager volunteers. One such volunteer is Boryan Ristovski, who strongly believes it is never too late to learn. In one of his English classes, he’s got a 63-year old man who studies alongside a number of young people. “It’s important to understand their environment, to give them a hand when they need

it and to try and appreciate how this new situation must feel.” IT teacher, Radion Denysenko, confirms this notion and says that working with refugees has benefits on both sides. “I am a witness to their life. Their traditions, costumes, food and holiday celebrations teach and excite me as well!” There is another poster in the centre advertising education. It says, “You will learn Ukrainian and receive a certificate of higher education as recognised by the Ministry of Education.” Enthusiastic by the possibility of secondary education, I pass an Afghan girl in the hall who greets me in Ukrainian. She is among many who would like to take the Ministry up on its promise. The problem is it is very expensive. The willingness of refugees to study puts the centre’s directors in the hot seat. The Convention on the Rights of the Child doesn’t apply to Ukraine, and so kids go to school, they help their parents at the market after class and hope for a brighter future. They all want to lead a normal life here in Ukraine, with a good education that does not discriminate them as exiles. But the future is unclear.

Dreaming of the Sun

Regardless, the kids at the Rokada centre all seem happy and carefree. Watching a group of children painting, I realise they have all chosen the same scene: shining sun, green grass, and blossoming flowers. They don’t seem to mind or even care that the snow is falling outside, saying, “We still have the summer!” All but one chatter away, telling me about this, that and the other. I approach this shy, quiet little girl and ask her what she dreams about. “I want to work at the bazaar like my mom. Or, maybe make women look beautiful in a salon.” I smile to myself. Her aspirations do not include a sack full of presents from Santa or someday becoming a beautiful princess. The dreams of this 5-year old are pure and simple. Yukie Mokuo, the UNICEF representative in Ukraine, believes that the happiness of these children depends on little more than the love and consideration they receive from others. “Every child has the same rights. These children deserve to be treated well without pressure from society.” In the meantime, Natalia Gourjii isn’t sure whether they will be strong enough to “cut into their life path”. Ukrainian society isn’t ready to accept them. A sentiment that seems evident enough in a picture being painted by one of the smallest children in the group. There is no bright sun or green grass. Instead, the page is swathed in dark colours, making it a sort of abstract. I urge him to include a little colour. He complies, but his picture sill looks dangerously dark. The poster when I walked in – “I hope I won’t be killed. I hope nobody is chasing me” – pokes at me, and for my part I hope these little painters will never have to deal with the fear of injustice or inequality.

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Kyiv Life Singer Natalya Valevska found a fabulous robe

Designer Yulia Aisina rewarded for her efforts Host of the event, Comedy Club’s Dyadya Zhora with a pretty friend Socialite Olha Sumska did a great job modelling

Life. Inspiration. Love

FREEDOM INTERIOR Special for Valentine’s Day, Yulia Aisina held a fashion show replete with luxurious designs. Baring the notions of life, inspiration and love, the show featured a whole array of Ukrainian celebs dressed in fashionable bathrobes. If you weren’t on the invite list, you missed out!

Platinum Bank CEO Greg Krasnov singing the night away

Raiffeisen Bank Aval Chairman of the Board Volodymyr Lavrenchuk squeezing in a solo

President of PRP Natalya Popovych taking part

The Talents of EBA

BYBLOS In addition to their natural flair for making money, members of EBA have recently been found to have a few more talents up their sleeve. On 16 February, top managers gathered to demonstrate such abilities with many singing Billboard hits and still more playing an array of musical instruments. Together, they managed to create an evening in dedication to St Valentine’s Day celebrated by most just two days earlier. Those who came out were entered to win great prizes from top sponsors.

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Re-painting History

NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF UKRAINE Artist Mykola Belous, in conjunction with the National Art Museum of Ukraine, recently came up with the idea to recreate classic masterpieces using a slightly different technique. Gathering throngs of art-lovers eager to pounce on the unique presentation, the project opening took place on 17 February. Available for viewing by the general public, Quotes will be displayed until 18 March. Artist Mykola Belous (centre) together with Saule Rapnikene (right) and friend Odrus Artist Maksim Voloshyn (right) with his wife Yulia in conversation

CEO of OTP Bank Dmytro Zenkov and Head of National Art Museum Anatoliy Melnyk discussing Quotes German Embassy Culture AttachĂŠ Harald Hermann with Oleksiy Tatarenko of Shell

Kyiv Mohyla Academy Rector Serhiy Kvyt learning something new

Gallery-owner Dayami Morales smiling wide Actor Ostap Stupka stopping by to see the exhibit in person

Ambassador of Turkey HE Mehmet Samsar with wife Feruza

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Kyiv Life Businessman Valeriy Mironov and Olga Tyniy make origami cranes for the opening

Project participant Efrem Lukatskiy (right) speaking with Iraq Embassy representatives

War Steals Childhood

Tetyana Mironova and TV host Oleh Panyuta

Popular Georgian fashion designer Biochola Tetradze

MIRONOVA GALLERY A new social project was opened on 16 February in Mironova Gallery. Coordinated by the Military Brotherhood International Charity Organisation, the exhibition focuses on the problems of children who live in countries at war. Those who attended the evening did not go home unaffected by the horrendous conditions many of the photographs were able to capture. It is a very touching display indeed. Don’t miss out on your chance to take it in. You’ve got until 29 February.

Share the Love

Art fan Konstyantyn Doroshenko charmed by the photos

NOVOPECHERSKIE LIPKI In dedication to the day of lovers, designer Olena Statsenko created a special plaster sculpture of hearts, and enlisting the help of many of the country’s stars, Olena shared the love with all who came. Celebs left their signatures and wishes on the hearts that will later travel to Germany for the second stage of the project, while the paintings and photographs highlighting the importance of 14 February, included in the exhibit, also seemed a hit. What a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Deputy of Kyiv City Council Oleksandr Bryhinets takes in the day of love

Designer Olena Statsenko and singer Vlad Darwin

Pop diva of Ukraine Iryna Bilyk shares a thought

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Take Me Out!

The Sweetness of Lemons As nice as it is to make new friends, it’s always lovely to pop in on an old one. With this in mind, we headed to evergreen favourite Limoncello to see whether this fixture on the Kyiv restaurant scene was still as fresh as ever.

my banquette seating, through the cosy warmth of Limoncello. It’s busy in both senses of the word, people and decor. I’m not much for the phrase ‘people-watching’ I must say. It always sounds a bit like you’re the saddo sitting at a party drinking hot chocolate watching others have fun, yet still feeling a bit superior. In truth, I even have a slight issue with those who don’t drink at all, recover-

ing alcoholics the exception. They are like fun-thieves, stealing the good times those of us who enjoy a drink create. Anyway, right off the bat I decide to order up an alcoholic beverage to assist my taking-in of the clientele and interior. I duly plump for a Captain Morgan Mojito. It arrives swiftly and is sweetly sublime. I must say, however, it does feel like the good Captain may have somewhat jumped ship; in terms of alcohol it feels a little underpowered. No matter, I sip away and gaze around. Over in the corner is a brick-style enclave where the chefs do their work. These are becoming very popular nowadays; it’s been a long time since those kitchen kings were allowed to work away in the privacy of back rooms. The walls are adorned with artistic and rather erotic photos of various body parts and lemons. There are fish tanks and, my favourite, a lady DJ working her magic up on the decks. It must be a little demoralising for a DJ when no one is up dancing to your music, in a restaurant setting the most you are going to get is probably a bit of cutlery tapping. Nonetheless, she soldiers on and adds a nice touch to what is already both a warm and cool atmosphere. The crowd is to match. It’s not like certain establishments in Kyiv, which look like they are under siege from Range Rovers and Porsche Cayennes (you know, those Volkswagens pretending to be some kind of 911 jeep), but there’s no doubt the crowd here are well-heeled. The prices reflect this, not Range Rover prices but a long way from Daewoo Lanos rates also. However, there is value to be found, I enjoyed a mushroom cream soup while waiting for Maria. At 47hrv, it’s not cheap


wonder how many minutes are spent in restaurants all over the world each day by men waiting for female dining companions. I wonder how many of them read a book in that time, how many search for wifi and check for Facebook updates, how many perhaps even write Twitter updates describing their wait. My companion for this evening’s engagement is my friend, the lovely Maria Andryushina, and yes, the lady duly keeps the gentleman waiting for a little.

Waiting, Anticipating, Drinking

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Take Me Out Kyiv Telephone code is +380 44

RESTAURANTS Al Faro V Vasylkivska 49a 503-5091 Hours: 10.00 – 23.30 Italian cuisine Ani V Vasylkivska 72 590-2565 Hours: 11.00 – 23.00 Caucasian cuisine Antwerpen Pushkinska 38 234-1300 Hours: 12.00 – 23.00 European cuisine Arena Entertainment Baseina 2a 492-0000 Hours: 9.00 until the last guest European cuisine Arizona BBQ Naberezhno Khreshchatytska 25 425-2438 Hours: 08.00 – 24.00 American cuisine Bacchus Class Chapaeva 2/16 234-6506 Hours: 09.00 – until the last guest Wine Bar Bar on 8 (Hyatt Regency) Alla Tarasova 5 581-1234 Hours: 11:00 – 02:00 Cocktail Bar/Fusion Barsuk Kutuzova 3a 050-386-3629 Hours: 08.00 – 23.00 European/local cuisine Bazaar Brasserie Bessarabska Pl 2 238-2111 Hours: 10.00 – 23.00 European cuisine Beef Meat & Wine Shota Rustaveli 11 225-0035 Hours: 12.00 – 24.00 Fusion Belle Vue Saksahanskoho 7 289-8780 Hours: Sun-Thurs 11.00 – 23.00, Fri-Sat 11.00 – 02.00 Belgian/European cuisine Belvedere Dniprovskiy Uzviz 288-5070 Hours: 12.00 – until the last guest European/Japanese cuisine b-hush InterContinental Kyiv V Zhytomyrska 2a 219-1919 Hours: Sun-Wed18.00 – 02.00, Thurs-Sat18.00 – 04.00 Cocktail Bar/Fusion Boutique (Riviera on Podol) Sahaydachnoho St 15 581-2898 Hours: 24 hours European/Ukrainian cuisine

Brasserie  (Cosmopolite Hotel) Hetmana Vadima 6 205-3520 Hours: 10.00 – 23.00 French cuisine Brunello Bar (Hyatt Regency) Alla Tarasova 5 581-1234 Hours: 19.00 – 04.00 Wine Bar Buddha Bar Khreshchatyk 14 270-7676 Hours: Sun-Wed 13.00 – 02.00, Thurs-Sat 13.00 – 04.00 Asian/Fusion Byblos Artema 20 288-1888 Hours: 12.00 – until the last client Fusion Café de Paris Andriivskiy Uzviz 34b 221-2218 Hours: 24 hours French cuisine Carpaccio Café Sofievska 14 278-1612 Hours: various European cuisine Celentano for locations Hours: various Pizza/Italian cuisine Cimes Sahaidachnoho 10/5 428-7579 Hours: 11.00 – 23.00 Kosher cuisine Cipollino Hrushevskoho 1a 279-9191 Hours: 11.00 – 23.30 Children/Italian cuisine Ciro’s Pomodoro Shota Rustaveli 12 221-4545 Hours: 12.00 – 02.00 Italian cuisine Citronelle Khmelnytskoho 23 067-218-2900 Hours: 08.30 – 23.00 Café-style Comme il Faut V Zhytomyrska 2a 219-1919 Hours: 11.00 – 02.00 French cuisine Concord Pushkinska 42/4 234-7788 Hours: 12.00 – 24.00 Fusion Cosmopolite Hetmana Vadima 6 205-3520 Hours: 11.00 – 01.00 Private brewery Crep De Chine Hoholivska 25 537-7070 Hours: 08.00 – 23.00 French cuisine Da Vinci Fish Club Volodymyrska 12 490-3434 Hours: 11.00 – 24.00 Mediterranean cuisine

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Deja Vue B Khmelnytskoho 30 235-9802 Hours: 12.00 – 02.00 International cuisine Device Café Pobedy Pr 136 277-1555 Hours: 12.00 – until the last guest French/Ukrainian cuisine Fellini Horodetskoho St 5 279-5462 Open: 24 hours French/Italian cuisine Fiesta Horkoho 115d 353-7685 Hours: 11.00 until the last guest Latino cuisine Fiji Bar (via Corsair) Sahaidachnoho 14-v 425-5578 Hours: 24 hours Cocktail Bar Fortetsya Gongadze 21 463-5130 Hours: 24 hours European/Ukrainian cuisine Foodtourist V Vasylkivska 5 095-780-6070 Hours: 08.00 – until the last client Gastro-bar Golden Gate Irish Pub Zolotovorotskaya 15 235-5188 Hours: 11.00 – 01.00 Pub/restaurant Goodman Steakhouse Zhulianska 75 596-0000 Hours: 12.00 – 00.00 American steakhouse Grill Asia  (Hyatt Regency) Alla Tarasova 5 581-1234 Hours: 6:00 - 24:00 European/Asian cuisine Han Gang (Slavutich Hotel) Entuziastiv 1 294-1414 Hours: 11.00 – 00.00 Korean cuisine Himalaya Khreshchatyk 23 270-5437 Hours: 11.30 – 23.30 Indian cuisine Hinkali Shota Rustaveli 4 234-0692 Hours: 24 hours Caucasian cuisine Hunter Saksahanskoho 147/5 236-3735 Hours: 12.00 – 24.00 International cuisine Icon Bar Basseina 5a 234-6996 Hours: Wed 18.00 – 01.00, Thurs-Sat 18.00 – 06.00 European cuisine

Ikra Honchara 67 067-300-8871 Hours: 11.00 – 24.00 Japanese/ Mediterranean cuisine

Lale Sofiivska 14 278-7566 Hours: 12.00 until the last guest Turkish cuisine

Il Molino Moskovskaya 17 280-7722 Hours: 11.00 – 23.00 Pizza/Italian cuisine

La Paella Donetska 10 223-7242 Hours: 11.00 – 23.00 Spanish cuisine

Il Patio Ihorivska 13/5 501-7464 Hours: 11.00 – 23.00 Italian cuisine

Le Cosmopolite Volodymyrska 47 278-7278 Hours: Sun-Thurs 10.00 – 23.00, Fri-Sun 10.00 – 02.00 Belgian/European cuisine

Karavan Klovskiy Uzviz 10 280-9577 Hours: 12.00 – 24.00 Uzbek cuisine Kazbek L Ukrainka Blvd 30a 285-4805 Hours: 11.00 – 24.00 Caucasian cuisine Krendel Pavlovska 17 585-9897 Hours: Mon-Fri 09.00 – 22.00. Sat-Sun 10.00 – 22.00 Russian cuisine Kupetcheskiy Dvor 24km down Stolychne highway 067-246-6246 Hours: 11.00 until the last guest Russian cuisine Kuvshyn Fedorova 10 592-6363 Hours: 12.00 – 24.00 Caucasian cuisine La Bodeguita del Medio Yaroslaviv Val 20/21 272-6500 Hours: Mon-Wed 12.00 – 00.00, Thurs-Sat 13.00 – 00.00, Sun 16.00 – 03.00 Cuban cuisine

Limoncello Moskovska 22  254-2024 Hours: 24 hours Fusion Lipsky Osobnyak Lypska 15 254-0090 Hours: 11.30 – 01.00 Ukrainian cuisine Lucky Pub V Vasylkivska 13 499-1313 Hours: 11.00 – 01.00 Pub/restaurant Lun Van Khmelnytskoho 26 279-8191 Hours: 11.00 – 02.00 Chinese cuisine Lyudi Casual Food V Vasylkivska 5 067-322-7575 Hours: Sun-Wed 12.00 – 03.00, Thurs-Sat 12.00 – 06.00 Italian/European cuisine Mai Tai V Vasylkivska 66 583-5553 Hours: 12.00 – 06.00 European/Asian cuisine

La Cantina Yaroslaviv Val 20 234-7074 Hours: 11.00 – 00.00 Italian cuisine

Mambo Druzhby Narodiv 5 522-8224 Hours: 12.00 – 02.00 Latin cuisine

L’Accente Lesi Ukrainka 5 200-5002 Open: 10.00 – 24.00 Mediterranean cuisine

Mantra V Vasylkivska 5 221-4448 Hours: 11.00 – 24.00 Asian/Fusion

Marmaris Hlybotchytska 40 586-4233 Hours: 10.00 – 02.00 Turkish cuisine

Nirvana Lounge L Ukrainky 28b 285-5215 Hours: 12.00 – 02.00 Indian cuisine

Marocana L Ukrainka 24 254-4999 Hours: 09.00 – 02.00 Fusion

Nobu Shota Rustaveli St 12 246-7734 Hours: 12.00 – 24.00 Japanese cuisine

Marrakesh Sahaidachnoho 24 494-0494 Hours: Sun-Thurs 12.00 – 01.00, Fri-Sat 12.00 – 14.00 Moroccan/French/ Japanese cuisine Mayachok Lutneva 58a 585-3941 Hours: 12.00 – 00.00 European cuisine Meat & Fish Pylypa Orlyka 6 253-8097 Hours: 08.00 – 23.00 French cuisine Mille Miglia (Radisson Blu Hotel) Yaroslaviv Val 22 492-2255 Hours: 12.00 – 23.00 Italian cuisine Mimino Spaska 10a 417-3545 Hours: 11.00 – 00.00 Georgian cuisine Monaco V Zhytomyrska 20a 590-0151 Hours: 12.00 – 06.00 Mediterranean cuisine Murakami for locations 230-8888 Hours: Sun-Thurs 09.00 – 23.00, Fri-Sat 09.00 – 02.00 Japanese cuisine/Sushi Myka Khreshchatyk 46a 227-8943 Hours: 12.00 – 24.00 International cuisine New York  Bagel Café Shota Rustaveli 15 235-9437 Hours: Mon-Fri 09.00 – 21.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 – 23.00 Café-style

Non-Stop Peremohy Pr 6 236-0501 Hours: 24 hours International cuisine Olivera V Zhytomyrska 2a 219-1919 Hours: 06.30 – 23.00 Mediterranean cuisine O’Brien’s Irish Pub Mykhailivska 17a 279-1584 Hours: 08.00 – 02.00 Pub/restaurant O’Connor’s Horiva 15/8 425-7788 Hours: 11.00 – 02.00 Pub/restaurant Ok Bar V Vasylkivska 94 225-0220 Hours: Sun-Thurs 08.00 – 00.00, Fri-Sat 08.00 – 02.00 European/Asian cuisine Oliva for locations 234-5592 Hours: various Italian cuisine Oopen (Ibis Hotel) Shevchenko Blvd 25 591-2222 Hours: 06.30 – 23.00 International cuisine O’Panas Tereschenkivskaya 10 585-05-23 Hours: 10.00 until the last guest Ukrainian cuisine Osteria Pantagruel Lysenka 1 278-8142 Hours: Mon-Fri 08.00 – 23.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 – 23.00 Italian cuisine

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Essential Kyiv


Kyiv-Zhulyany International Airport Povitroflotsky 92 242-2309 Central Bus Station Moskovska 3 525-5774 Central Train Station Vokzalna 1 465-2111

Book Shops

Air France-KLM Ivana Franka 34/33 490-2490, 496-3575

Albion books Ukraina Shopping Mall, (Peremohy Pl 3, 3rd floor) Globus Shopping Complex (Instytutska 2, 3rd line, 2nd floor) 221-0044

Austrian Airlines V Vasylkivska 9/2 8-800-300-0492 Delta Air Lines SIA ContinAt (General Sales Agent) V Vasylkivska 9/2, #17 287-3595 Lufthansa Khmelnytskoho 52 490-3800 Ukraine International Airlines Lysenka 4 581-5050

Apartment rentals Kyiv Ukraine Apartments M Zhytomyrska 15 229-3079

CAR RENTALS Avis Yamska 72 502-2010


British Council Skovorody 4/12 490-5600

American Medical Centres Berdychivska 1 490-7600

Centre of Spanish Language and Culture Obolonska 7 239-2418

AIDS Testing (anonymous) 278-7385

French Cultural Centre Honchara 48 482-0672


Goethe Institute Volovska 12/4 496-9785

Budget Ivana Lepse 4 490-1088

Italian Culture Institute Yaroslaviv Val 32b 270-6223

Charities Kyiv Lions Club 050-334-5410 International Women’s Club of Kyiv 234-3180


Polish Institute Khmelnytskoho 29/2 490-9900

Chillout Hostel Kyiv Horkoho 22b/35 093-332-4306 D’Lux Kyiv Hostel Observatorna 10 097-832-8888 Dream Hostel V Vasylkivska 47 066-244-1447

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Express Taxi 239-1515

Hyatt Regency Kyiv Alla Tarasova 5 581-12-34 Ibis Shevchenko Blvd 25 591-2222 InterContinental V Zhytomyrska 2a 219-1919 Opera B Khmelnytskoho 53 581-70-70 Premier Palace T Shevchenko Blvd 5-7/29 537-45-00

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Emergency Fire 101 Police 102 First Aid/ Ambulance 103 Natural Gas Emergency 104 Water/Electric/ Sewage Emergency 1557 Elevator Emergency 1586

Radisson BLU Yaroslaviv Val 22 492-2200 hotel-kiev


Riviera on Podil Sahaidachnoho 15 581-2828

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peat play. They did take up quite a bit of space though – actually a feature of 90s parties was often entire walls of CDs – and they didn’t stay shiny for long. They got cracked, worn, and with that reluctance to play them grew. Despite the quality of the music, there was something a bit defeatist about taking out a dusty old CD to put on. So you were always forking out for new works, every week your wallpaper becoming more of a stranger to you as piles grew. And then there were the albums, I always remember a feeling of slight disappointment with albums – some good tracks but always a few duff ones. Nowadays, we pick and choose which tracks we listen to, we find tracks at the click of a button and play them with another. Good music is still good music, however you get it. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is that, most likely, neither you nor I pay for what we listen to. The famous Ukrainian songstress told me that these days, people love your music, write lots of nice comments on YouTube. They don’t want to give you any money for it though. And, I must admit, I’m listening to her now yet without a financial transaction having taken place for me to do so, nor will it. But, truthfully, isn’t that just modern times – we love things more than we ever did, we just don’t want to pay for them!

Tweets of the Week highlight a bunch of talk about the Scissor Sisters in Kyiv on 16 February. Including one from a Scissor Sister herself! Tanya Lokot @air_ocean Bummed that we’re missing the Scissor Sisters who are in concert in Kyiv tonight. They must be so much fun live! † Anonymous † @avesatanic Scissor Sisters today in Kyiv!!! Can’t wait for the evening! Tanya Mulkidzhanova @toylike Scissor Sisters gig in Kiev tonight is awesome! They said everyone should call in sick for a reason. ofia Dvoynos @Sofiux Scissor sisters are rocking Kiev!!!!! Ana Matronic @MsAnaMatronic Scissor Sisters came to Kiev and had a love bomb dropped on our heads. Mind-blowing audience DEMANDED a 2nd encore. Can’t wait to come back! Dear Graham; I am trying to learn the local language, have been having lessons, but every now and then people just laugh at me. That’s not very nice of course and it is damaging my confidence. How can I tell people, locals I mean, to leave me alone and not put me down and respect the fact that I am at least making the effort. The other day I offered a girl a drink in Russian, and she just laughed at me saying, “Your Russian is so terrible, I had no idea what you meant!” How can I deal with this? – John   Dear John, I see your problem. I would say something like, “Vy znaete, eto sov seem ne priyatno. Po kraini miri, ja delayu schto ne bud schto b uchit vash yazik. Ya ne ponimayu pochemu vy dumaete schto eta kak-ta smeshno,” and then mutter under your breath, in English, “ignorant brat” just to make yourself feel better. Hope this helps, Graham PS – the girl in the bar is totally not worthy of you man!


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art of my job here at What’s On involves interviewing musicians, in a world where people listen to music more than ever before. If you work at a desk you probably spend a good portion of the day with your headphones on. We listen on vkontakte, we listen on and we listen to downloads. I actually think the quality of music among Ukrainian bands is very good, in fact even as I write this I’m listening to a famous songstress who will be appearing in the pages of What’s On soon. When we met the other day, she was telling me that it’s more difficult being a pop star these days. It got me thinking, I’m a bit into my 30s now, so old enough to remember the ‘golden age’ of music. That is, you’d hear a band’s single on the radio, wait for the big day of its release and cycle to Woolworths hoping it was a £1.99 not a £3.99. You took it home carefully, took it out of its main sleeve, then out of its inner sleeve, lifted the lid of your record player, slid the record in, dropped the needle down and closed the lid. So, as well as paying for your music, you had to do a fair amount of work to hear it. Then, CDs came along. They looked nicer, were shinier and took less time to play – you could even work it with a remote control. I sat many a time in the 90s reading What Car magazine with Divine Madness on re-


Ukraine’s unemployment rate of 1.9% is the lowest in Europe. So, who needs to be in Europe after all then, right?

On-site Breweries

The Restaurant Cosmopolite has an excellent one. And it’s catching, especially with spring coming and Chateau dusting off their outdoor tables. In the future, will we ever drink beer produced off-site?


Sun is breaking through. Spring is starting to give signs it may be waiting for us. Have you got your ticket for the What’s On Spring Party on 2 March yet?

England Football Team

Apparently! Ukrainian media has portrayed Fabio Capello’s resignation from his post as a boost to their EURO 2012 hopes. Did they watch the last World Cup with Capello in charge?

Police Brutality

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The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Ukraine to pay a Russian citizen 450,000hrv as compensation for being tortured by police and wrongful imprisonment. Come on now chaps – behave!


Snow is soft and gentle, ice is cold and hard but slush, well that’s just brown, messy and even slippery. It’s a disgrace to weather!

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What's On Kyiv 2012 Issue 6  

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