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ust like the space race from half a century ago, Ukraine is fast catching up to global competitors in farming, and may soon be overtaking the world’s various Flo Jos on the agricultural track. As of 14 July, 2011, Ukraine has already harvested 9.7 million tonnes of grains and leguminous plants out of approximately 30% of national farming areas, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reports, 6.4 million tonnes of which is grain alone. It’s an interesting stat considering that for a period of about a month, the rains sent everyone running indoors, constantly complaining about the weather. While we may have survived, there were many Ukrainian crops that weren’t so lucky. According to Yevhen Lenh, the director of large agriculture company, Ukrzernoprom Argo, winter yields will have losses anywhere from 15-20%. The sun has returned, however, and regardless of the previous wet conditions, experts are saying this year is looking especially good. They are even giving numbers that range from 42-44.8 million tonnes of harvested wheat, maize, barley and so on, but only if warm weather continues to cooperate. Lenh speciﬁcally has said the country “will harvest about 43-44 million tonnes this year, which is better than last year’s ﬁgure”; a mere 39.3 million tonnes. The Ministry is, however, even more positive about ﬁnal numbers saying it could be as high as 45 million tonnes. This comes at an especially crucial time for Ukraine who is not only looking for integration into western markets, but who now seems to be competing head to head with the west in terms of agricultural output. Prairie farmers in Canada in particular can’t seem to get a break from the torrential rains, hail storms and wind that continue to uproot or completely wipe out their crops, predicting 2011 as the worst wheat harvest in Western Canada ever. Wheat export was drastically reduced in both Ukraine and Russia last year due to drought. But as of 1 July, restrictions have been removed
and both countries are enjoying bumper crops, pouring grain back into world markets at discounted prices in efforts to regain lost customers. There is speculation that the competition could get even tougher now that spring crops have come off. As far as export goes, APK-Inform analyst, Anastasia Ivasenko, believes there could be as much as 18.4 million tonnes, a 5% increase, headed out of the country this year, the majority of which would be wheat and maize. However, one of the things that may negatively affect proﬁts from this gift from the gods is the prices farmers are getting for their grain exports. According to Agrarian Union of Ukraine Chairman, Hennadiy Novikov, “The state should immediately cancel grain export duties and resume VAT refunding to grain exporters,” stating the production costs are dangerously close to that of the present price for grain. The price at the moment is due to aforementioned market trends. What the price doesn’t fairly represent at the moment, however, is the entrance of second class wheat on the market, often seen coming from our evenhanded neighbours to the north. While Ukrainian farmers are getting the heavy put on them with regards to export prices, there is the worry that they may be associated with Russia in terms of quality as well. As an example, Egypt, one of the world’s biggest wheat importers, has stated it is considering adding Ukraine and Romania to its list of approved suppliers. Nomani Nomani, vice chairman of the state-run General Authority for Supply Commodities, will be making a trip to Russia this week to see for herself just what they are getting themselves into. “The objective of the meeting is to emphasise the speciﬁcations of the wheat sought and ensure that the quality is good.” It’s a great step forward, especially from last year when the worst drought in over a half a century forced both Ukraine and Russia to halt grain exports from going anywhere. But it’s another reminder that the world, from every angle, is watching.
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Exclusive Porsche for an Exclusive Ukrainian One of the last century’s most iconic machines, the Porsche Spyder, is back on the market, but you’re going to have to act fast if you want to get in on the craze. Equipped with a 500-horse power V8 engine and curves that will make even the most striking Ukrainian beauty blush, the Porsche Spyder 918s are going fast! The gimmick is that only 918 918s will be made, and while production hasn’t even begun yet, they're almost all sold. If you keep your eyes on the road in the next few months, however, you may catch sight of one of these hybrids racing down our own streets as an unidentified Ukrainian millionaire has recently been added to the waiting list. Winner Imports, the official representative of Porsche in Ukraine, said the buyer is an old friend, with a couple of similarly branded cars already in his possession. Recently presented at an auto show in Geneva, this latest model, with a price tag of 650,000 euro, is Porsche’s most expensive to date. And while that may seem like a stack of cash, it is mere monopoly money to many here in Ukraine, because according to the State Tax Service, there are over 6,600 millionaires in the country; a number which grew by 1,792 last year alone.
Ukraine’s Last Wizard Murdered Mykhailo Nechay, a famous Ukrainian white magic healer from the Ivano-Frankivsk region, was killed recently. Taking people into his home to heal and/or look into their futures, the 82-year old wizard had truly unique abilities. His gift betrayed him on 15 July, however, as he was stabbed to death by some religions nut accusing Nechay of paganism and slandering the church. The suspect was caught the same day in a forest six kilometres from the village in which the wizard lived. Ever since he was a little boy, Mykhailo Nechay said he possessed such powers. Claiming the ability to cease the flow of human blood, for example, surgeons would often send for him, requesting his assistance for various operations. As he got older, regardless of having only received a high school education, he would often lecture in topics such as psychology, sexology and philosophy in various national universities. He often said he received his supernatural abilities from God and traced his skills back to an ancient ancestor, Danylo Nechay; a man skilled in occult science and magic. Living a very humble life he has helped countless people, and is the last ever known Ukrainian “molfar” – a supernatural magician with profound knowledge in nature, the healing quality of herbs and an alleged ability to see into the future.
One Head is Good, Two is Better ‘Two heads are always better than one’ our teachers always used to say. But we would like to propose that perhaps that is not always the case. At least, not for the two-headed snake on exhibit in the Yalta Zoo. The three-year old, two-foot-long albino California Kingsnake has two heads: both of which eat, breath, sleep and think for themselves. It is a rarely seen phenomenon, occurring every 50 years or so. However, this viable two-headed species seems to be making great waves at the zoo, which has doubled in visitors since the dragon-like snake went on display earlier this July. Like Siamese Twins, it is incredible to watch the creature(s), each head wanting to determine for itself the direction it will take or the food it will eat; sometimes ﬁghting over a particular piece. For this very reason, zoo keepers keep a close eye on these two, as the California Kingsnake often hunts for reptiles in nature and the possibility that the one might attack the other is quite high! As Europe’s only two-headed specimen at the moment, the last such like snake was exhibited in Switzerland 20 years ago. This one is on loan from Germany at the moment, and will remain with us until September.
J Lo To Sing in Ukraine Yep! You got it right – Jennifer Lopez in Ukraine! You’re probably wondering why we here at What’s On fell off the ball and didn’t announce the concert. The truth of the matter is her visit to Ukraine is to sing, but not for the public. Rumour has it that the recently separated soon to be 42-year old hot Latino mama was requisitioned to sing for half an hour at a wedding somewhere in the country this week. And who's? The daughter of Serhiy Taruta, Ukraine's second biggest oligarch. And how much does it cost to have the stunning J-Lo sing at your daughter's wedding which will take place in an exclusive resort in Crimea? A cool one million dollars. Having just announced her divorce from top-selling salsa crooner, Marc Anthony, we think it’s great that J Lo has pulled herself together enough, made her way over the great blue divide and is taking in some hard-earned cash. This should add nicely to her net worth of $150 million.
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he international team at What’s On is concerned by the social situation in Kyiv which, on one hand, is considered to be a hospitable and tolerant city, but on the other hand, people from ethnic minorities get set upon from time to time. As is happening in other parts of the world during these times of ﬁnancial difﬁculty, extreme right wing movements are gaining in popularity here in Ukraine, and the nation's very own extreme nationalists, Svododa Party, are doing particularly well. As NATO recently issued a report which called the party anti-western, antiliberal, anti-EU, anti-Russian and anti-Semitic, we thought it was time to call in one of its representatives and have him debate his case. Andriy Illenko, head of the Kyiv Branch of the party agreed eagerly, and Canadian Blair Sheridan was pitted against him defending the ideas of tolerance and multiculturalism. Blair Sheridan: Oleh Tyahnybok and the Svoboda Party have an unsavoury reputation, at least among foreigners living in Ukraine. Svoboda is considered to be an extreme right, racist organisation, with a hatred of foreigners and a desire to remove them from Ukraine. I’d like to hear what kind of nationalism (inclusive or exclusive) forms the basis of your party’s ideology. Andriy Illenko: There are plenty of types of nationalism. We at Svoboda are Ukrainian nationalists, who have inherited the whole tradition of Ukrainian nationalism. We do not consider ourselves either a right-wing or a left-wing party; these notions are blurred and have different meanings. We are socially oriented nationalists, opposing the oligarchic clans that have seized the whole country. BS: How do you understand the concept of “the nation?” How do you deﬁne the Ukrainian nation? AI: We understand the nation as an ethnic and spiritual community, where both these elements – ethnicity and political\cultural identiﬁcation – are equally important. A nation without an ethnic element is the model of multicultural Europe, a model from which Europe is stepping back. A nation without a political aim is a kind of tribal community. Therefore, a strong nation is made up of these two elements. The Ukrainian ethnos has existed on this land for ages, and that is why we say Ukrainians are the titular nation of this state; it is only due to the Ukrainian ethnos that the name of the country and the country itself exists. However, the Ukrainian nation began to form when Bohdan Khmelnytsky united the people for the war of national liberation in 1648. Compared to other European nations, Ukraine is quite a young nation, since we’ve been struggling for independence for the past 300 years.
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Nationalism is a topic of continual debates in today’s globalised world, and no less when it comes to Ukraine, a country with a troubled historical and ethno-cultural past. BS: Your slogan “Ukraine for Ukrainians” sounds quite racist, assuming you base an individual’s belonging to the Ukrainian nation solely on bloodlines. AI: To me, a racist is one who thinks the colour of the skin or the ethnicity of an individual deﬁnes objectively the characteristics of that person. In this case, we are not racists, because we do not think a person is good or bad due to his origin. We are anti-imperialists, considering any attempts of one nation to oppress or humiliate another nation or ethnic group to be evil. I don’t see racism as a problem for Ukraine, as it appeared as a phenomenon in colonial empires, in order to justify the white domination over indigenous peoples. Ukraine has never been a colonial empire; on the contrary, it was enslaved for many years, so we have different problems. In Europe, however,
there’s the problem of “auto-racism”, with Europe today having become a shelter for illegal immigrants. With the help of auto-racists at the top of the European political system, the idea of tolerance is promoted. This tolerance, however, does prevail among the ethnic minorities themselves; they do not tolerate homosexuality, feminism, etc. As a result we have aggressive, mobilised Muslims or other ethnic minorities and tolerant, nationally indifferent Europeans. Recently, leading European politicians like Merkel, Sarkozy and Cameron have admitted the policy of multiculturalism in Europe has failed! BS: While you’re certainly correct regarding the recent statements of the leaders of Germany, France and the U.K., you should also remember that they do not represent Europe as a whole
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AI: By our slogan “Ukraine for Ukrainians” we mean Ukraine should be a country for the people, not for a dozen oligarch families who have divided all the resources and funds of the entire nation among themselves. This does not mean we are against foreigners, no. We follow the scheme once proposed by Stepan Bandera, leader of the Ukrainian nationalists. He said there could be three possible policies towards foreigners: if they are our allies – we’ll treat them well; if they are indifferent – we’ll treat them the same way; if they are our enemies – we’ll ﬁght with them and will not tolerate them. If a person is not an ethnic Ukrainian, but is a loyal citizen of Ukraine, speaks the Ukrainian language and does not break the law, we’ll only welcome him. As long as a person is not an Ukrainophobe (like Tabachnyk), he’ll be welcome in Ukraine. But we are not going to tolerate those who hate Ukraine. I’m very radical when it comes to Ukraine-haters, who insult Ukrainians. I think they should be held criminally responsible or simply be kicked out of the country. I’m radical when Ukrainians are deprived their rights of assembly and freedom of speech. I’m radical when the Ukrainian language and culture are despised. But this does not mean I disrespect a person just because he is not an ethnic Ukrainian. Let’s be honest: we do not have any problems with any of the ethnic minorities living in Ukraine. We only have problems with Ukrainophobes! On the other hand Ukrainians are far too tolerant! Go to any Kyiv night club and see how foreigners treat our girls, and then try to go to a night club in Libya, for instance, and act the same way with their local girls – you’ll be smashed to pieces!
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nor, given their electoral support, even their own electorates in their entirety. There is still plenty of space for tolerance and support for multiculturalism in Europe, at every level of society. Furthermore, let’s face it: when economic times are hard, the natural (and regrettable) impulse of any political leader – in power or not – is to appeal to an ineffable sense of “us” versus “them”, the latter being a broadly deﬁned, sinister force. It’s a necessary, but not sufﬁcient part of events, from the Armenian genocide to Holodomor, from the Holocaust to Srebrenica and Rwanda. AI: The proof of the failure of multiculturalism is that, according to polls, Marie LePen, the leader of the National Front in France, is in ﬁrst place in presidential election polling. Look at Finland: the nationalist party took third place there. Look at Hungary, where the nationalists’ party won.
Svoboda growing popularity, now at 6-7%, is in line with the overall European tendency. BS: Pre-election polling is hardly an exact science. In fact, I remember how Marie LePen’s father was, more than once, tipped to upset the political apple cart in France. Yet, he never did. Nor am I surprised that France has consistently, since the end of the Second World War, rejected the ultra-nationalist line. France, after all, is the home of “Liberté, Egalité, and Fraternité” and, perhaps, the greatest example of the triumph of civic, inclusive nationalism, where a single political nation was forged from Breton and Norman, Occitan and Basque, etc. Therefore, your examples are deeply ﬂawed and far too simplistic. “Ukraine for Ukrainians” inherently infers that all other nationalities will not be tolerated.
BS: A couple of crucial points have to be clariﬁed here: how does one deﬁne what makes a person indifferent to Ukraine or, worse, an enemy of Ukraine? Would a person have to actively work against the commonly accepted interests of the Ukrainian state in order to be considered an enemy, or would telling a joke in which the object of fun was a Ukrainian be enough? I realise it’s all a matter of degree, but I’d like to know how you deﬁne love versus hatred for Ukraine. Such simple deﬁnitions have no credence, and without your clariﬁcation of the slogan (which most people do not have access to) it quite clearly offers people easy access to a xenophobic platform. What Ukrainians tolerate, on the other hand, is no one’s fault but that of Ukrainians. And how exactly does a foreigner’s treatment of a Ukrainian girl in a nightclub differ from that of a Ukrainian's? This is a meaningless example that obviously infers foreigners are impolite, which in turn fuels xenophobia yet again. So to stick to something relevant, Svoboda has written in its party platform that it would bring in proportional representation of Ukrainians in
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This Week Festivals
22-28 July 2011
Theatre Moves to the Streets The Sounds of Summer Summer Sound Festival, Griboffka, Odesa region
15 July – 28 August In support of EURO 2012, the Summer Sound Festival is the newest addition to the warm weather party scene, and held over 31 days, it’s got a pretty decent line-up for all beachbums. American band the Scissor Sisters are expected to headline while Chrystal Method and House of Pain are scheduled to appear; as are Brits Morcheeba, Nazareth, Paradise Lost, Uriah Heep and ex-Prodigy boys Leeroy Thornhill & Kieron Pepper; Germany’s De Phazz; along with Russian Tesla Boy and Punk TV. Every week is going to be dedicated to one of four styles – hip hop, disco, rock and lounge – while clubs will host a whole array of various other music styles. This has most certainly put a bee in the bonnet of another month-long festival down round those parts. But with so much going on, it can only be a good thing. For more information visit www.summersound.org
Festival of Street Theatres Open Air Fest, Kurortne village, Crimea
22 – 28 July With all academic theatres having ﬁnished for the season, out come bands of amateur street theatres ready to demonstrate their mastery and artistic skills. Using mostly mime, gesticulation and body language to express themselves, their medium is different to that of classic theatre. That’s not to say it does not have merit. In fact, street theatre goes back to the Greeks and the Romans in the Middle Ages when actors took to the street to entertain European crowds. In Ukraine, this fascinatingly fun genre of art is in the process of a revival – be a part of it this summer! For more information visit www.festyvali.org.ua
Lviv in Festival Fever Summer on Rynok Square, Lviv
July – August For the second year in a row, Lviv has jumped on the festival bandwagon and for two long months will hold their large-scale cultural project Summer on Rynok Square in the heart of Western Ukraine. Every Sunday until the end of August, the main square in Lviv will feature a wide range of artistic attractions that will include music, sport, the arts, literature and so on. What you can expect is a plethora of actors, writers, orchestras, ﬂorists, dancers, sportsmen and more showing off their skills and making your day just a little brighter. Organisers claim that everyone who comes to Rynok Square on Sundays will most certainly ﬁnd something interesting and authentically Ukrainian! For more information visit www.litonarynku.lviv.ua/uk/
Emmerse Yourself in Ukrainian Culture Horlytsya Festival, Marynyn village, Rivne region
22 – 24 July The River Sluch with its large and sloping banks is often referred to as Ukraine’s version of Switzerland. Lucky for festival-goers, this just happens to be the place to come for a grand variety of music and art. Visitors to the festival will learn about traditional Ukrainian embroidery, pottery, folk dances, wood carving and body art! Perfectly accompanying these crafty master classes will be a little ethno music provided by Rusychi and Chumatsky Shlyakh as well as a number of up-and-coming young musicians and DJs. Come out and view Ukraine from a different angle! For more information visit www.thisisukraine.org
A Stone’s Throw Pidkamin Festival, Pidkamin village, Lviv region
22 – 24 July Pidkamin is hosting their ﬁfth round of festivities this year where ethnic music and dance, folk songs and national dress create an atmosphere that is in tune with the marvelous landscapes and nearby ancient monastery. The festival also aims to revive a number of ancient Ukrainian monuments and would not be complete without the legendary VV (fronted by Oleh Skrypka), Haydamaky, Veremiya and other alternative music performers. For more information visit www.pidkamin.ridne.net
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22-28 July 2011
Grab a Leg Air Guitar Ukraine Championship (various genres), Divan (Besarabska 2)
22 July at 20.00 Ever heard of an air guitar festival? We hadn’t either. That is until Divan signed on to this hair-brained idea which actually sounds pretty fun the more we think about it! Participants are coming in from all over the country to compete in the finals; the winners from which will be off to Finland to demonstrate their true rocker-ness at the international competition there! Everything is up for grabs – the air, your leg, a chair. Everything that is except the real McCoy – no guitars allowed! It going to be fun, so grab your air guitar and get in to see who’s the best! Admission is free. For more information call 235-7366.
ANGIE NEARS (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: 50hrv Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137
MJ PROJECT (cover band) Time: 22.00 Admission: 50hrv Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137
BEEFEATERS (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: call and check Bochka Khmilna (B. Khmelnytskoho 3b) 390-6106 CARTE BLANCHE (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: call and check Bochka Pyvna (Moskovskiy Pr 17/1) 461-8788 G SOUND (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: call and check Bochka Pyvna (Khreshchatyk 19a) 459-0551 RED ROCKS (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: 70hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717 MOTOR’ROLLA, CHILL OUT (POP-ROCK, COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: 70hrv Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528 VZROSLIY BAND (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865 HOT GUYS (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Star Pub (Popudenka 1a) 292-2900 AIR GUITAR UKRAINE 2011 (VARIOUS GENRES) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366 RIFFS (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979 IVAN BLUES (COVER BAND) Time: 20.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Kostelna 4) 278-0490
FOXTROT MUSIC BAND (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: call and check Bochka Khmilna (B. Khmelnytskoho 3b) 390-6106 HOT GUYS (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: call and check Bochka Pyvna (Khreshchatyk 19a) 459-0551
LUCKY BAND (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Star Pub (Popudenka 1a) 292-2900 BABYXBAND (ROCK) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366 JOKERS (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979 GRAVITY (COVER BAND) Time: 20.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Kostelna 4) 278-0490
MOTOR’ROLLA, MORE KHUANA (COVER BANDS) Time: 22.00 Admission: 70hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717
FLIT, RED ROCKS (COVER BANDS) Time: 22.00 Admission: 70hrv Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528
EASTERN EXPRESS (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717
ANIMALS’ SESSION (cover band) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865
FOXTROT MUSIC BAND (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528
SOYUZ 44 (JAZZ) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137
ARTISH (POP-ROCK) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865 MILES BABIES (ROCK) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366 DVENG (ROCK) Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979
25 Monday LES GENDARMES, BLUE DANCE (POP-ROCK) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137 ANIMALS’ SESSION (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717 GERA & SECOND BREATH (COVER BAND) Time: 21.30 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528
NIOBIUS (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865 MAX TAVRICHESKIY (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979
Tuesday MULHOLLAND DRIVE (ROCK) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137
YUKHYM DYM (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979
TYGYDYM PARTY (COVER BANDS) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137
VEXLARSKY ORCHESTRA (POP-ROCK) Time: 22.00 Admission: free Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b) 279-4137
CHILL OUT (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: 30hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717
THE MAGMA (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: 30hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717
MR OCH AND HIS ROOT BOYS (COVER BAND) Time: 21.30 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528
GERA & SECOND BREATH (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: 20hrv Docker’s ABC (KhreshchatykZankovetskoi 15/4) 278-1717
ROCKING WOLVES (COVER BAND) Time: 21.30 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528
TRES DESEOS (COVER BAND) Time: 21.30 Admission: free Docker Pub (Bohatyrska 25) 451-8528
CARTE BLANCHE (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865
NIGHT BLOCK (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865
ARTEM VASYLCHENKO’S QUINTET (JAZZ) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366
TROPICANA (LATINO PARTY) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Star Pub (Popudenka 1a) 292-2900
ACE VENTURE (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979
ROCKING WOLVES (COVER BAND) Time: 21.00 Admission: free Route 66 (Zhylyanska 87/30) 239-3865 FRESH WIND (CLASSICS) Time: 20.00 Admission: free Divan (Besarabska 2) 235-7366 ACE VENTURA (COVER BAND) Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Porter (Mishuhy 3a) 536-9979
Talented Enough For A Whole Orchestra Vexlarsky Orchestra (pop-rock), Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b)
27 July at 22.00 Anatoliy Vexlarsky truly is something out of the ordinary. Coupled with his orchestra, a group that has been playing together for a number of years now, they have put together something really special. While they have their own style and sound, those who’ve ever come out to listen to these guys will easily identify influences from The Doors, The Beatles, T-Rex, Jamiroquai, Antonio Carlos Jobim and even Deep Purple. They are not copy-cats, however, they know good music when they hear it, and that’s what makes them special. Admission is free. For more information call 279-4137. : What's On Recommended
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This Week Art
A FAIR TALE AFTER THE FAIRYTALE Exhibition of Dolls Parsuna Gallery (Khoryva 43) Until 1 August 425-2415
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PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE Exhibition of paintings by Petro Antyp Tryptykh Art Gallery (Desyatynna 13) Until 26 July 279-0949
PAINTINGS Exhibition of works by Mykhaylo Shchygol Museum of Modern Art (Hlybochytska 17) Until 21 August 201-4945
Mastering the Environment Exhibition of photographic works by young Ukrainian photographers, Brucie Collections (Artema 55b)
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KYIV AND ITS ARTISTS Exhibition of Ukrainian paintings National Art Museum (Hrushevskoho 6) Until 4 September 278-7454
A DRINK OF THE LAND Exhibition of paintings by Vyacheslav Malyna Mystetska Zbirka Gallery (Tereshchenkivska 13) Until 31 July 234-1527
STORAGE Exhibition of art objects and paintings by Dmytro Kornienko and Yuriu Pikul Karas Gallery (Andriivsky Uzviz 22a) Until 1 September 238-6531
Brucie Collections has a reputation for the most up to date, authentic and admirable photographic works from all over the world. However, starting mid July, the gallery will be exhibiting the snapshots of a number of ﬁne young local Ukrainians whose work ﬁts in perfectly with what is going on in the world at the moment. Allowing a little poetry, romance, humour and even some sarcasm into their pieces, these youngsters are themselves creating trends, and convinced that our reality always has some piece of surrealism attached, they beckon you to look closer. For more information call 205-4264. CANARIAS Exhibition of paintings and photographic works by Rufina Santana and Poldo Sebrian M17 (Antonovycha 102-104) Until 31 July 596-2030
MR. GOLD Exhibition of works by Ukrainian artists Ya Gallery (Voloska 55/57) Until 27 July 492-9203
Jurassic Park in Kyiv! Dream Island in Dream Town (Obolonskiy Pr 21b)
Every day 10.00 – 22.00 Ever heard your children talk about a mystic place where dinosaurs live? That, magical place is now in Kyiv, and can be found at Dream Town! The newly opened Jurassic Park Dream Island Aqua Park is one of the biggest in Europe, occupying 24,000m2! With 14 different waterslides, two wave pools, three stream pools, a bar in a sheltered lagoon, a Jacuzzi, 700m2 set out for kids only, and all of this hidden amongst jungles of dangerous dinosaurs and all manner of scary reptiles, this is better than any movie dreamed up by Steven Spielberg. And let’s not forget about the parents, where nine different steam baths await in Bath World! Admission is 120 – 240hrv. For more information visit www.dreamtown.ua
PUPPET THEATRE Hrushevskoho 1A (metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti) 278-5808
CIRCUS Peremohy 2 (metro Vokzalna) 486-3927 www.circus.com.ua
MUNICIPAL PUPPET THEATRE Mytropolska 1 513-1500
ZOO Peremohy Pr. 32 241-7769 www.zoo.kiev.ua
MARIONETTE THEATRE Sahaidochnoho 29/3 (metro Poshtova Ploshcha) 417-3058 http://marionet.com.ua
DYVOSVIT 4D cinema, children’s labyrinth, attractions Marshala Malinovskoho 24/10 502-0088 www.dyvosvit.ua
BUTTERFLY ULTRAMARINE Cinema, children’s playground, bowling, arcade Uritskoho 1A (metro Vokzalna) 206-0350 www.kino-butterfly.com.ua KOBZOV CIRCUS 239-2181 Prospekt Pobedy 82 www.circus-kobzov.com.ua MYSTICAL-AQUARIUM CENTRE Koshytsa 8A (metro Poznyaky) 502-1796 www.aquariumfish.com.ua
NEMO DOLPHINARIUM Akademika Glushkova 9 520-5550 www.nemokiev.com KYIV PLANETARIUM Chervonoarmiyska 57/3 287-7508 www.planet.org.ua/about.html AQUAPARK TERMINAL Aquapark, shopping and entertainment centre Kyivska 316 in the town of Brovary 200-1450 www.aquapark-terminal.com.ua
YASNOGORODSKYA OSTRICH FARM Podlesnaya 32, Yasnohorodska (30km outside of Kyiv) 782-3240 www.ostrich.com.ua HOPAK IN KYIV Hopak Training Centres 332-7747 or 067-933-3244 Visit http://hopak.kiev.ua/ua/ NABEG HORSEBACK RIDING CENTRE Vishgorodska 85 067-712-3384 http://www.loshadi.kiev.ua/
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 www.interesniy.kiev.ua/new/ tour/english
Saturday THE SPECKLED HEN AND THE GOLDEN SUN Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 11.00 THE FROG PRINCESS Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 13.00 Kyiv Puppet Theatre 278-0566
Sunday LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 11.00 PUSS IN BOOTS Puppet-play for children 3+ Time: 13.00 Kyiv Puppet Theatre 278-0566
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 www.mamajeva-sloboda.ua
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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Friday SVODKA – STEPKILLAH, ZARIN, LIA, KATWON, WIDESTREAM, HEMP SHARK, MINDFREAK Time: 23.00 Admission: before 00.00-40hrv, after-50hrv The Most Open Air (Moskovskiy Bridge, Druzhby Narodiv Park) www.svodka.topdj.ua DJS LIVE SHOW – NASTY ARNABY, DVJ BURZHUY Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-25hrv, G-30hrv, after L-50hrv, G-60hrv Forsage (Harmatna 51a) 232-6780 PLASTIC PEOPLE: VINYL NIGHT – DJ KON, DJ DEGO, DJ SKAZ, DJ D SPIELER, DJ HORSY Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-20hrv, G-25hrv, after L-40hrv, G-50hrv Saxon (Trutenko 4) 257-4070
22-28 July 2011
Tectonic, Punch Drunk Kyiv Bass Open, Go-Go Beach Bar (Trukhanivskaya 1)
23 July at 14.00 This is a party that has been in the works all year, and hosting 16 hours of continuous music along the Dnipro this Saturday, is one you don’t want to miss! Not only will there be frisbee battles, water-gun ﬁghts, a ladies’ pool party, and a bgirls breakdance show, the list and style of music that will be played far outweighs the need to be responsible and do something silly like weed the garden. With the exception of the great RSD from the UK, there’s far too many music makers to list, so let’s just say be there or be square. For tickets or more information call 233-0617.
SHANGHAI SURPRISE – DJ MISS FTV, GREG AND BRO Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Patipa (Muzeyniy 10) 253-0150
MOJITO PARTY – DJ LIST (MOSCOW), DJ ARTUR Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after L-50hrv, G-100hrv Bora Bora (Young People’s Beach, Hydropark) 383-3454
IRA CHAMPION AT MAXIMYM Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Maximym (Dekabristov 12/37) 562-6262
HARD DOPE PARTY – ARTUR & LIR, VAMP AROUND, BEYOND, ARCASH, FLY STARS, ALVAREZ, THE DRIFT, Time: 22.00 Admission: 20hrv Underground Music Hall (Moskovskiy Pr 13b) 360-9594
MAYDAY – UMEK (SLOVENIA), DJ KOSINUS (RUSSIA) Time: 22.00 Admission: 150hrv Aquadance (Kyrylovka) 050-252-3322 BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL – TRES DESEOS, DJ ALEX FLY, MC ADAM, NIGHT CATS BAR WOMEN Time: 21.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after L-20hrv, G-40hrv Kvartal (Vasylia Porika Pr (13a) 067-230-0272 BOYS NIGHT IN ARENA – DJ ARTEM GAFAROV, DJ SUNSHINE, ARENA SHOWGIRLS Time: 22.00 Admission: L-free, G-150hrv Arena (Baseina 2a) 093-947-7476 ENVIABLE BRIDE – TAMERLAN, ALENA OMARGALIEVA, ALIBI, HOT CHOCOLATE, PILTSA, KISHE, MAKHNO PROJECT, D LEMMA Time: 21.00 Admission: call and check Dante Park (Parkovaya Doroga 16) 221-4433 PARTY PEOPLE – DJ UNIQUE, DJ ARTEM FLEMMING Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.00 L-free, after L-25hrv, G-50hrv Lake Club (Revutskoho 2) 098-363-6363 HOME PARTY – DJ ANDRIY KRISIS, TOPLESS PJ SHOW, MC IRIS Time: 22.00 Admission: free Egoist (Horlovskaya 124/140) 223-3633 FRIDAY SLAG Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after L-50hrv, G-90hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 BRUTAL BREAKCORE PARTY – CJ CLIP, DUBKRAFT, THE COSMOLIFE & ANNA VETER, HEADLEZZ PONCH, PSYCHONOIZE Time: 23.00 Admission: call and check Lenin Club (Mykola Hrinchenko 18) 067-327-0457 FASHION NIGHT Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.00-free D’Lux (Hrushevskoho 3) 200-9009
DISCOLOCADOS + DISCOTHEQUE Time: 22.00 Admission: L-100hrv, G-150hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290 PARTY IN BED – DIAMOND DJS, AZURE SHOW GIRLS, Time: 20.00 Admission: L-free, G-150hrv Azure (Leontovycha 3) 234-7494 GIRLS NIGHT DISCO FRIDAY VOL 8 – DJ TORI BLANCO, DJ AEROBODY, DJ NIKOLAI NICK, MC TAY D, DIONIS SHOW Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-free, G-20hrv, after L-25hrv, G-50hrv Prime (Nauki 8) 524-2209 FRIDAY SLAG – BELLA OGURTSOVA, STAS SHURINS Time: 22.00 Admission: L-50hrv, G-100hrv Bomond (Rybalskaya 22) 225-3290
Saturday CRY BABY – DJ CANE, DJ SHEN, CHARIK CHERK Time: 23.00 Admission: call and check Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1) 288-5069 KYIV UNDERGROUND – JOSEPH WOOFER, KRISTINA DJ Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-30hrv, G-35hrv, after L-60hrv, G-70hrv Forsage (Harmatna 51a) 232-6780
BLACK CABARET – DJ ROCKET, DJ MISS FTV, DJ MISHA ZAITSEV, DJ RUNOV, DJ FIRST, MC PILIGRIM, PATIPA SHOW BALLET Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Patipa (Muzeyniy 10) 253-0150 MARTINI ROYAL PARTY – DJ JAY SHEPHEARD, DJ HARRIS, DJ RUSTAM Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Sky Art Cafe (Baseina 2a, 6th floor) 561-7841 ALL INCLUSIVE PARTY 5 – DJ ROMANTIC, DJ KEY, ARENA SHOW GIRLS Time: 22.00 Admission: L-free, G-150hrv Arena (Baseina 2a) 093-947-7476 CAFE OLE BURLESQUE – DJ RAFA ARIZA (IBIZA), DJ BORJA DELANERA (IBIZA), PATRIZZE (ES, IBIZA), SPACE BEST DANCERS Time: 22.00 Admission: 120hrv Aquadance (Kyrylovka) 050-252-3322 GO-GO EURO FANS Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after L-50hrv, G-90hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 DISCO FOREVER Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.00-free D’Lux (Hrushevskoho 3) 200-9009 PLEASURE EMPIRE PARTY – IN TWO STEPS, DJ KARP, DJ OLEH STUFF, DJ KOVALEVSKIY, DANTE PARK GIRLS, MC GRANT Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Dante Park (Parkovaya Doroga 16) 221-4433 F*** ME I’M FAMOUS – DJ UNIQUE, DJ ARTEM FLEMMING, IGOR GUBIN, MC ANTONOV Time: 22.00 Admission: before 23.00 L-free, after L-25hrv, G-50hrv Lake Club (Revutskoho 2) 098-363-6363
TANGO NIGHT – DJ EVA, SERGE PROSHE, LIAK (LIVE FLAMENCO GUITAR) Time: 21.00 Admission: before 00.00-free, after G-200hrv Mantra (Basseina 2a) 050-336-2848
A NIGHT OF DATING AND FLIRTING - ANDRIY KRISIS, MC IRIS, TOPLESS PJ SHOW Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-free, after call and check Egoist (Horlovskaya 124/140) 223-3633
SUMMER EQUATOR – JOLSOMINO & ML KEY, UNDERHILL, DJ CRASH, MC ALENA Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-25hrv, G-30hrv, after L-40hrv, G-50hrv Saxon (Trutenko 4) 257-4070
SEXY HOUSE: FOAM EDITION – DJ ROMANTIC, DJ BOOMBEER, DJ NEO, DAVIDDJ, MC TAY D, GO-GO DANCERS Time: 22.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-20hrv, G-30hrv, after L-30hrv, G-40hrv Prime (Nauki 8) 524-2209
ZHARZHYRFEST – DUB KRAFT, AGAMI MOSH, PAUL RAVEN, GENISIS, MIDWAY, SOAD VAN Time: 23.00 Admission: 0-30hrv Lenin Club (Mykola Hrinchenko 18) 067-327-0457 CHERRY BOOM PARTY NO 2 – TAMERLAN & ALENA OMARGALIEVA, DILAUS, NASTYA PRIKHODKO, OLYA POLYAKOVA, DJ GARAGE Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Olmeca Plage (O Dolobetskiy, Hydropark) 232-2244 DAY OF TRADES PEOPLE – STEREO TIRY, DJ STANISLAVSKY, MC ANGEL, NIGHT CATS BAR WOMEN Time: 21.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after L-20hrv, G-40hrv Kvartal (Vasylia Porika Pr (13a) 067-230-0272 VICTOR STROGONOV & RICHIE GEE (SPAIN) – STARDUST, HARD ESSENCE, STORMBLAST, SQUILL Time: 23.00 Admission: 100hrv The Most Open Air (Moskovskiy Bridge, Druzhby Narodiv Park) www.event.topdj.ua/109939 DISCOLOCADOS + DISCOTHEQUE Time: 22.00 Admission: L-100hrv, G-150hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290 RADIO AZURE PARTY – DIAMOND DJS, AZURE GO-GO DANCE GIRLS Time: 21.00 Admission: call and check Azure (Leontovycha 3) 234-7494
Sunday R’N’B BOOM - DJ NAZAR, DJ LADY, MUKVIK, MC YOUNG T, MC GIGA, ZB AND FRIENDS Time: 22.00 Admission: L-20hrv, G-30hrv Forsage (Harmatna 51a) 232-6780 FOAM ON THE KNEE - DJ KIRILL MIXER, DJ D SPIELER, MC SUNNY Time: 22.00 Admission: L-20hrv, G-30hrv Saxon (Trutenko 4) 257-4070 DRINK? DRINK! DRUNK!!! Time: 22.00 Ladies only before 00.00 Admission: L-free, G-90hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 BOOTY SHAKE NO 2 – DJ JUICY M, DJ SPEEDY, MC GIGA Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Patipa (Muzeyniy 10) 253-0150 80S DISCO Time: 21.00 Admission: free Kvartal (Vasylia Porika Pr (13a) 067-230-0272 Discomania Party – DJ Velskiy Time: 21.00 Admission: free Azure (Leontovycha 3) 234-7494 SALSATEQUA Time: 21.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after L-20hrv, G-50hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290
SALSATEQUA Time: 21.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after L-20hrv, G-50hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290 GIRLS NIGHT WITH MONRO – DJ MOLOTOV, MC KUPIDON Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Kalinka Malinka (Mayakovskoho 47) 515-0322 RETRO PARTY Time: 22.00 Admission: free Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024
Tuesday HEIFERS ONLY PARTY – DJ SENORITA, DJ MISS FTV, DJ UZHANSKIY, DJ PINK CREAM, MC PILIGRIM Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Patipa (Muzeyniy 10) 253-0150 KRAKTAU (MOSCOW) Time: 21.00 Admission: 30hrv Shtolts Club (Polkovnika Potekhina 12) 259-8383 DISCOTHEQUE OF THE 80S – DJ VELSKIY Time: 21.00 Admission: free Azure (Leontovycha 3) 234-7494 LATINO DISCO Time: 22.00 Admission: L-40hrv, G-60hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290 HEY AMIGO Time: 22.00 Admission: free Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024 DJ LOUNGE BAR: LADIES NIGHT Time: 22.00 Admission: free D’Lux (Hrushevskoho 3) 200-9009
Wednesday MEN’S DAY! Time: 22.00 Admission: L-50hrv, G-free Sorry Babushka (Dmytrivskaya 18/24) 486-0300 LATINA FIESTA PARTY – DJ STALKERA, MC ADAMA, GO-GO SHOW Time: 21.00 Admission: free Azure (Leontovycha 3) 234-7494 GIRLS NIGHT – MC CLUBNICHKA Time: 22.00 Ladies only before 00.00 Admission: before 00.00 L-free, after L-50hrv, G-90hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024
Thursday HITCH’S METHOD Time: 21.00 Admission: free Kvartal (Vasylia Porika Pr (13a) 067-230-0272 LADIES NIGHT! Time: 22.00 Admission: L-free, G-50hrv Sorry Babushka (Dmytrivskaya 18/24) 486-0300 DJEJULA & THE GIRLS – Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Vodka Bar (Globus-2nd line, Maidan Nezalezhnosti) 371-1102 LATINO DISCO Time: 22.00 Admission: L-40hrv, G-60hrv Caribbean Club (Kominternu 4) 288-1290 IF ONLY THERE WERE A SEA OF BEER! – MAGMA Time: 21.00 Admission: before 23.00-free, after G-90hrv Shooters (Moskovska 22) 254-2024
2x Ukrainian Talent Jamala and The Maneken, Arena (Baseina 2a)
22 July at 20.00 With summer season in full swing, Arena has got their summer stage set up and are presenting some top performers with international appeal. Jamala, a lady who needs no introduction (but we’ll give her one anyway) has been making music since her childhood in Crimea. Her voice resounds in the heads of any who has ever heard her and will no doubt be found among the Guinness Book of World Records for largest range someday soon. The Maneken, on the other hand, is a DJing genius. Mixing electronic with grace and ease, body and mind can’t help but react to his electro funk grooves. Boasting a great duo of Ukrainian music-makers, Arena has got summer covered! Tickets are 200hrv. For more information call 093-947-7476.
Monday STAFF AWARDS – DJ MISS FTV, DJ HOROSH, DJ ROMANTIC, DJ SUNSHINE Time: 22.00 Admission: call and check Patipa (Muzeyniy 10) 253-0150 : What's On Recommended
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The Woodstock of the East An Invasion of Voices Kuban Cossack Choir, Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103)
16 – 17 November at 19.00 As well as being one of the most ancient, the Kuban Cossack Choir has to be one of the most prominent of Russian choirs to date. Its roots go back to the beginning of the 19th century where their artistic mastery even then was unparalleled. Receiving numerous invitations to perform the world over, the choir’s repertoire is surely something to behold as it includes moving historic ballads, common Eastern European folk songs, hymns that speak of the tragic civil war on Kazan territory as well as anthems that promote the rich and unique folk culture that was the Cossack army. Tickets are 80 – 650hrv. For more information call 247-2316.
The King of Crocodile Rock Elton John (UK, pop), Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1)
8 November at 19.00 Elton has a special relationship with Ukraine, not only where music is concerned but also with regards to a very special little boy he had at one time wanted to adopt. Denied because of his age, many thought that we would never see the likes of his purple coat tails round these parts again. While sorry might just be the hardest word, no one here is sorry he’ll be here this November, where all of his best songs will be part of the show. Tickets are 600 – 7900hrv. For more information call 246-7406.
X Gen Music Maker IAMX (UK), Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1)
22 October at 19.00 IAMX is the solo music project of Chris Corner, formerly of the Sneaker Pimps. Whether you were a fan of the band or not, Corner is his own man playing electronic and indie to lyrics that are often highly controversial. Performing, producing, mixing and mastering all of his albums himself, this guy is more than just a one man band accompanied by a live line-up wherever he happens to be performing. His fourth studio album has come out just this year and has held onto that cabaret-esque and dark electronic sound Corner is known for. Tickets are 450hrv. For more information call 288-5069.
Kazantip, Popovka Village, Evpatoriya
30 July – 20 August The Republic of Happiness is often the way Kazantip is described, as a month-long spell of electronic music held on the shores of Crimea always attracts thousands of beach bums every single year. Continuing on from a 19-year legacy, this event, which was once just an amateur beach party, has become a real, authentic, international summer fest. And playing 24/7 for the whole month of August, you never know who is going to perform. The only thing you can be assured of is the best of the best will be making an appearance. Previous years have seen world famous DJs hitting the turntables, such as Lexy & KPaul, Infected Mushroom, James Zabiela, Nic Fanciulli, Dub Fire, Tigerskin, Njm Clark and Dirty Crew. For more information visit www.kazantipa.net
Conquering the Whole World New by The Todes Ballet (Russia), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103)
15 November at 19.00
Love in the Big City Piccolo Amore – an exhibition of photographic works by Vita Buyvyd, Karas Gallery (Andriivsky Uzviz 22a)
From 3 August Vita Buyvyd is an extraordinary photographer and artist who feels and understands the tension rising in society today. Merging various different genres – such as watercolour and collage – in any one of her exhibitions, this next showcase, Piccolo Amore, uses photography only. It is a series of shots in a megalopolis that focuses on a single individual alone in different crowds, where, unfortunate as it is, suicide is often the solution to the incessant loneliness situations like these create. Adding glam magazines and comics to relieve the strain on this distressing reality, take in this most recent exhibit today – it could be Kyiv. For more information call 238-6531.
The Todes Ballet is one of the most well-known modern ballets from these parts whose outstanding shows are easily recognisable. Energetic moves, spectacular tricks and bright costumes make for an allout fantastic show put on by some highly professional dancers. The history of the ballet reaches back to 1987, when brilliant dancer Alla Dukhova formed the modern group and started touring Russia. Ganging up with local popstars was when they really started taking off in popularity receiving acclaim wherever they went. With those almost 25 years having ﬂown by, not much has changed: they still dance the pants off any contemporary group in the vicinity and continue to dance to enthused audiences where ever they go. Coming to Kyiv with their new programme called New, they promise to surprise you! Tickets are 50 – 800hrv. For more information call 247-2316.
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An Apocalyptic 7th Symphony Apocalyptica (Finland, symphonic metal), Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1)
2 October at 19.00 After their Worlds Collide European tour and their debut here in Ukraine, Apocalyptica left the country with only one wish and that was the wish to come back. Making their own dream come true, the band’s 7th studio album, entitled 7th Symphony, is what will be featured this evening. Using instruments seen mostly in orchestras, three cellists and one drummer make up the Apocalyptica quartet and play everything from symphonic to neo-classical heavy metal. You won’t hear Metallica, Slayer, Faith No More, Pantera or Sepultura complaining, however, as it was their hits that ﬁrst got this unique metal band from Finland on the go. Tickets will soon be on sale. For more information call 246-7406.
Ocean of Emotions
Universal Dancing Universum by Extreme Dance Life, House of Ofﬁcers (Hrushevskoho 30/1)
Thank the Lord!
23 October at 19.00
The Fear of God Party, Trukhaniv Island
Universum is quickly becoming an accepted practice in the dance world, coming around a few times each year. Having won a few international awards in the group’s recent past, the show can’t really be categorised into any classical dance category as the evening often includes contemporary, acrobatics, Brazilian capoeira and much more! Ready to enrapture you with a story of love, pain, hope and struggle, it is claimed that this performance is a reﬂection of today’s world where the problem of solitude in our urban spaces is enough to push individuals into very interesting situations. Tickets are 200 – 350hrv. For more information call 253-8072.
The organisers of this party are sending out invitations to the entire population of Kyiv, the entire population that is over 18 that is, to their psychedelic evening on the island! Three live performances from Fleishcshesmarkt, Indirect and Emblika Quali will get your mojo going while DJs Zhiguli, Kirpich Soundsystem and Coca Cola will keep you on your feet until the cows come home!!! No need to be afraid – only fun to be had! Tickets are 40hrv. For more information visit www.gloss.ua/event/ Pobojsja_Boga
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Okean Elzy (pop-rock), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103)
6 October at 19.00 Having taken a break after their Dolce Vita tour, Okean Elzy will be back in October, with a huge show held in the capital of Ukraine. This time, the band will play their rock songs accompanied by a symphonic orchestra.
Smokers Attack Ukraine Smokie (UK, rock), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103)
29 October at 19.00 Having gone through a number of rather interesting monikers, this British band from Yorkshire found that they had something to offer Europe back in the 70s. But perhaps their real claim to fame was the lawsuit threatened by soul legend Mr Smokey Robinson, who worried that their previous name, Smokey, was too similar and would confuse audiences. Dropping the “y” and going for an “i”, the band went on to headline producing 25 albums. Check them out for their ﬁrst concert here in Kyiv. Tickets are 100 – 1200hrv. For more information call 247−2444.
An Alternative Poland Ukrainian/Polish Alternative Music Meetings, Master Klass Cultural Centre (Lavrska 16)
16 – 17 September The Master Klass Cultural Centre is premiering a new semi-festival in the hopes that they might pique the interest of music fans everywhere. What kind of music you ask? Well, non-contemporary Polish of course! Musicians from across the border will be bring-
The most interesting thing about this concert is that Okean Elzy won’t change the arrangement of the songs, as it’s usually done, but will add the symphonic parts to their music. It’s better to hear what they are planning than it is to just talk about it, so book your tickets in advance. Tickets are 200 – 1250hrv. For more information call 247−2444.
ing over their bands, and playing folk, indie, country, lo-ﬁ, mathcore and hardcore, and are going to do their very best to keep you entertained. Interestingly enough, an assembly of Polish/ Ukrainian music critics as well as Polish publishing houses will also be on hand as will an exhibition of big board relics and documentaries on the history of Polish avantgarde music. It’s going to be good – to bedzie dobra! For tickets or more information call 594-1062.
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Following the Path to Liberation Having explored most popular towns and cities in Ukraine, Kitten and the Bear recently turned to a less touted corner of Ukraine, and found it no less interesting. A weekend offered the perfect opportunity to traverse a historical route called the Golden Horseshoe of Cherkasy. It led them to the very roots of Ukrainian statehood and independence.
way. Surrounded by the modern mansions of today’s new business elite, the road is predictably comfortable, given that it personally serves the powers that be.
Visiting Mother Nature
he Bear and I had been planning our trip to the Cherkasy region for a long time, as it is known as both a unique and beautiful place. Come the day, we grab some sandwiches and a guide-book and set off in the early morning of Saturday, heading south. We’re both curious and charmed by the Cherkasy region, namely because the three most important liberation struggles took place here; one in the 17th century (led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky), another in the 18th century (the campaign was named Koliivshchyna), and the most recent one in the 20th century, which took place in the wild Kholodny Yar (cold ravine). Given what’s going on in this country right now, we set off thinking that this trip had come at an opportune moment, and it seems like just the right time to get inspired with the spirit of freedom this area holds. And as if to prove the point, we ﬁnd ourselves taking the new Obukhiv high-
Half way there, we stop for a picnic on the shores of the Dnipro River. The view spread in front of us is of green hills and silky platinum sand beaches. We refresh ourselves in the river and ﬁnish our lunch. Just as we can feel ourselves getting relaxed and peaceful, we hear the road calling us, and begrudgingly we set off again. Our journey is pleasant and full of surprises. We come across one such point of interest when we pull over to the side of the road for a call of nature. Heading over to some thick bushes, we discover bird-cherry trees on both sides. As we come closer, we meet a local family picking the fruit into huge buckets. “They’re rather small,” says the woman holding a bucket, as her husband rumbles around up the tree, throwing the cherries down to her. “But for preserves, they’re just perfect! There’s a long alley of bird-cherry trees along this road, so we come here every year.” We follow suit, and in the spirit of adventure we help ourselves to these small but bitterly sweet fruits.
The rich Ukrainian land is already treating us generously! Our ﬁrst destination on the way is the town of Chyhyryn. As we near it we come across a huge statue depicting a strong, iron-muscled Cossack, sabre up and ready to ﬁght. This statue looks almost magic-like, as the background behind him ﬂickers with the golden-yellow of wheat ﬁelds and the dazzling blue sky above. It’s a perfect depiction of the kind of scenery that gave birth to the colours of the Ukrainian ﬂag. Inspired by this inviting sign, we soon enter Chyhyryn at about midday. Our hotel has the same name as the town and appears to be the only place here to host tourists. Situated right in the centre, in handy reach of all sight-seeing spots, it looks comfortable and friendly. We’ve reserved the room in advance – a two-room ‘luxury’ apartment costing us 320hrv per night. Apart from a spacious bedroom with lovely double bed, the living room welcomes us with a soft couch and two armchairs. There is also a tiny kitchen with a fridge, which is quite nice, because it means we don’t have to bother
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going anywhere if we just want to have a cup of refreshing tea. This we do, in preparation for our cultural exploration of this historic place. Having taken a bit of rest after the car journey, we now want to see everything that Chyhyryn has to offer. The hotel manager has already warned us that the museums close at 17.00 on weekends, so we hurry up.
The Hetman’s Capital Spreading over both sides of the Tyasmyn River, which in past times acted as a powerful water barrier, Chyhyryn was founded as a border-line fortress by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 16th century. The town was developing rapidly due to being situated on an important trade route from Kyiv to Crimea. Unfortunately, this meant
From his father Bohdan inherited lands in the region of Chyhyryn (Subotiv village) and lived here with his family, taking part in any and every military campaign. At the time the Ukrainian people were oppressed by their 17th century Polish lords, who controlled and owned the land, all who quashed all national, cultural and religious efforts of Ukrainians. But despite this environment, it took something personal to push Khmelnytsky into taking decisive action. His estate was attacked by servants of a Polish landlord and his property stolen. In the attack, his son was severely injured, and the grief took its toll on Bohdan’s wife, who died shortly afterwards.
Digging Up the Past The initial complex of buildings did not survive, but we visit the newly-built historic reconstruction. Spreading out before us are tall wooden fences, huge gates and beautiful white-washed houses, depicting the architectural appearance of Bohdan’s residence. Walking inside, we see (what we assume was) the central building, while smaller houses along the sides were presumably the embassies of union estates which supported Khmelnytsky. Back in the 17th century, ambas-
IN CHYHYRYN NEIGHBOURHOOD THERE IS AN ANCIENT FOREST CALLED KHOLODNY YAR (COLD RAVINE) WHICH COMPRISES MORE THAN 6,000 HECTARES OF AGE-OLD TREES. IN THESE DARK AND WILD FORESTS ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE FOUND THE REMAINS OF SCYTHIAN AND TRYPILLYA SETTLEMENTS that Chyhyryn suffered numerous attacks from Tatars, which is why the fortress had to be kept in proper condition. In 1595, not far from Chyhyryn, a boy was born into a noble military family. He was Bohdan Khmelnytsky, one of the most important ﬁgures in Ukrainian history. He studied at the Lviv Jesuit College and became profoundly knowledgeable in world history. He was also schooled in Latin, Polish, Turkish and French. When he returned home he took part in the Polish-Turkish war in 1620-21, during which he was taken prisoner, languishing in Turkish captivity for two hellish years. He managed to escape and, once back home, he enrolled in a registered Cossack detachment.
It was the last straw. He gathered a band of his Cossacks and in 1647 went to the Zaporizhzhya Sich, where he was elected Hetman. He busied himself and his troops in preparation for a liberation war against Poland. He organised and united thousands of Cossacks and common peasants, who came with pitchforks and axes, ready to ﬁght to free their land. Khmelnytsky made Chyhyryn his ofﬁcial residence and the town became the capital of the newly-created Cossack Republic.
sadors from Sweden, Austria and Turkey would visit, as would patriarchs from Jerusalem and Constantinople, to establish diplomatic relations with the Ukrainian Hetman. Unfortunately, the interiors of the buildings aren’t ﬁnished; the museum staff said they ran out of money.
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After seeing the complex we visit the museum, which exhibits archaeological items found in Chyhyryn, including authentic sabres and other weapons. We then venture higher, up to Castle Mountain. That served as a natural base for the Chyhyryn Fortress. At ﬁrst the fortress had wooden walls, but they later (and wisely) replaced them with much more solid earthen walls. In 1678, a Scottish military engineer built a bastion on top of the mountain, which is today called Doroshenko’s Bastion, named after a Ukrainian Hetman. The military facilities were destroyed later that same year and lay buried under the ground for centuries. It is only recently that archaeologists found the foundation of the bastion. With the help of project sketches made at the time and preserved, the reconstruction effort was made possible in 2007. I peer into the window of the bastion. The walls are more than a metre thick, and I struggle to imagine how people in the 17th century built it using just their bare hands. We head for the very pinnacle of the mountain, where the statue of Khmelnytsky towers above the town. I look down on the panorama of Chyhyryn – a beautiful provincial town, sinking into green gardens and tied up charmingly by a ribbon of the Tyasmyn River. I try to grasp how it was right here, 300 years ago, that a new and independent state was being formed. Bohdan’s crucial mistake in signing a treaty with Moscow ultimately led to failure, and I can only wonder how different this country would be otherwise.
Meals and More But wonder soon turns to hunger, and we consult the guide-book for a dinner suggestion. Chyhyryn has three eateries, and we see that one (Shynok restaurant) is just in front of Castle Mountain. Licking our lips, we take a seat on the terrace. As if trying to spoil a good day, we’re then told by the restaurant that we won’t be able to eat there, because an earlier party has emptied them of food! Cursing under my breath, we set off on a long search of a decent place to have dinner. We travel far and wide, ﬁrst to discover that one of the three cafes is too busy, then to ﬁnd the ﬁnal option looking less-than-trustworthy. We eventually return to Shynok and beg them to bring us something to eat, anything! Luckily, the waitress takes pity on us and rustles up a vegetable salad, boiled potatoes and pancakes with cottage cheese. After the last hour it seems like a feast, and tastes even better when we learn it will cost less than 100hrv. We get up early on Sunday morning and a 10minute drive leads us to one of the most charming and picturesque places in Ukraine – Subotiv village. The landscape slopes down and the village sinks into the fructifying gardens. Watching this beauty I understand why Khmelnytsky chose this place for his private residence. After becoming a hetman, Bohdan built a palace and a church here, which served as a tomb for members of Khmelnytsky’s family. When Bohdan died he was also buried here, but after his death the properties endured a period of decline. In 1664 the village was demolished by Polish robbers who, in the ecstasy of revenge, raided the tombs of both Bohdan Khmelnytsky and his son. St. Elias Church was restored in the middle of the 20th century, with the hetman’s palace today revealing only the initial foundations.
The whole place is deserted this sunny Sunday morning, so we explore the complex with the help of a guide-book and our own intuition. It’s so peaceful that we lie down to rest in the shade of ancient trees, which are probably old enough to carry the memory of the great man himself. We help ourselves to the gifts of the mulberry trees and get in-tune with the spiritual harmony of this historic place.
Where the Sun Don’t Shine We continue our trip, moving in both space and time, to another historical époque. In Chyhyryn neighbourhood there is an ancient forest called Kholodny Yar (Cold Ravine) which comprises more than 6,000 hectares of age-old trees. In these dark and wild forests archaeologists have found the remains of Scythian and Trypillian
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Kyiv Life President of the Ukrainian Bicycle Federation, Borys Ivanov
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International Bike Ride KYIV CITY COUNCIL On 15 July, a group of 26 international bicyclists wheeled into Kyiv from Germany on their tour dedicated to the 50th anniversary of relations between Leipzig and the capital of Ukraine. The tour started in Leipzig on 2 July and paved the way through Krakow, Ternopil, Zhytomyr ﬁnishing in Kyiv, where the riders where congratulated on a successful ﬁnish of their victorious race.
The First Deputy Head of the Administration of Kyiv, Mr Oleksandr Masurtschak speaking to the participants
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Harry Potter Powers Business
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Mr Gold Shows his Face Taking a closer look at a piece by Sadan Artist Tiberiy Silvashi commenting
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YA GALLERY Art fans gathered in the brilliant YA Gallery to witness yet another opening of artistic impression on 6 July. This latest intriguing project is called Mr Gold, which brings together the works of Artem Volokitin, Andriy Dudchenko, Oleksandr Kadnikov, Andriy Sahaidakovskiy, Sadan, Tiberiy Silvashi, Ruslan Tremba and others. Curated by Pavlo Gudimov, the artists had free reign in the creative process and so the diversity in their imaginations, presenting at times contradictory images, is evident. You too have the opportunity to take in this event until 27 July.
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On the Sofa with... Those up on the social beat of young Ukrainian musicians will recognise Ivan Dorn as the host of Russian Rollercoasters on music channel M1 and a former half of Para Normalnykh. But who is he now?
A Changed Man L eaving Anya Dobrydneva in the lurch, Dorn has struck out on his own to see if he’s got what it takes to fly solo. His image has changed, his songs have changed, but has he changed?
A New Beginning
Last year proved an interesting one for Ivan Dorn. His contract had come up with Para Narmalnykh, and after three years of working together with the lovely Anya, Dorn opted out of the partnership to see what he could do on his own. As the artist says, “Whatever is done, is done for the best.” And with that, disappeared for a time. Back on the scene now, there are those who thought perhaps Ivan Dorn had left music all-together so that he could concentrate more on his television career. But when asked about this, his voice rises ever so slightly and says, “TV host? Do I look like a TV host? Being on television is more like a hobby for me; my first job is to sing.” To prove it, as ironic as it is, Dorn took part in a television talent show called Star+Star at the end of last year. Dueting with yet another TV host, Vaselisa Frolova, the two took first place leaving National Artist of Ukraine and world-renowned tenor, Volodymyr Hryshko, as well as 31 other starry contestants in the dust. In one of her interviews, Frolova said that the show was a great springboard for Ivan’s career, motivating him to climb higher up musical Mount Olympus. And so it did: soon afterward, Dorn was seen putting musicians together for his next project.
Achievements In Music Together with three other musicians, who are more like friends to the singer then colleagues, Ivan Dorn has been working on an electro-pop sound full of driving beats with a kickin’ bass, easy listening vocals and melodies that will stick in your musical memory. Dorn says that the team has written seven songs already, with more on the way.
One of the things the former half of ‘a normal pair’ sees about his own personal revolving microcosm is that the attitude of his listeners is also evolving and his audience seems more mature and intellectual now. Extrapolating ever so slightly, I wonder if that is to say his former fans were more childish. Smiling, Ivan skilfully deflects and says, “My songs reflect some emotional moments of my life. But I write them in an abstract way, trying to separate sense from personality, making them open and available for others to relate to.” Ready for all to see, the songster/television superstar has since released his debut video and is planning on launching another very soon in deed. This of course is typical of any musician standing on the precipice on a new album, and so I ask – is it imminent? “An album requires much time and energy and is absolutely essential. Moreover, it is so important for me that it will come out only after I have put other things in place. The only thing I can tell you is that it will be special, you have my word.” As we talk about the break-up, the album, life, it seems to me that our conversation reaches a point that is highly philosophical. For example, Ivan Dorn looks at his profession and in essence his life in a very simple way: for every action we undertake, there is a desired result. “I don’t want to achieve anything special in music,” he starts. “I just want to live an interesting life! I’m just an ordinary entertainer here to entertain others. But I like it! In fact, my main artistic goal is to hear stadiums singing my songs when I perform.” Which seems to be the wish of any musician anywhere really. While Dorn may or may not have what it takes to make it on his own, his life also involves travelling, playing sports and reading. And yet carrying out these simple tasks, he says, don’t seem to have the same significance without the music. Perhaps we will just have to wait and see what he’s got in store for us come this autumn. Where the question, has he changed may in fact be answered.
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