You say you want a revolution

As I walked down to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro stop to head to the office this morning there were a couple of things I noticed as I walked down by the Conservatory. There were all these barricades up from just below Mr. Snack… not that all of you know where that is, but if you…

The Sir Elton John Show – or What Ukrainian Billionaires do for fun

Like almost two hundred thousand other people in Kyiv I headed down towards Maydan Nezalezhnosti on Saturday June 16 in order to see a living legend. Yes, at 60 years old one can consider Sir Elton John can be considered a living legend. I had earlier predicted that I would probably watch the concert on…

Eastern Europe and its influence on Eurovision Song Contest

Over the last couple of years we have witnessed a change in the type of music which is being presented at the Eurovision Song Competition, and it would be fair to say that much of the change began to happen with Ruslana’s win back in 2004 in Istanbul. Ruslana’s winning performance introduced ethnic elements into…

Serbia wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

Being from North American, where the European Broadcast Union has little or no influence, I only came to know about the contest after doing an interview with Ruslana back in 2002 or 2003. Together with friends I watched the Song Contest from Istanbul at a friends apartment, in fact this was only Ukraine’s second time…

Okean Elzy’s Mira: New album goes Platinum?

According to some Internet reports OE’s new album had 170,000 advance orders as of the CD’s release date on April 25. While this may or may not be the case, the problem of accurate numbers when it comes to CD sales in Ukraine has always been difficult and will continue to be. An number of…

The will of the people

While Tantsi Zirkamy is a show which has helped 1+1 go to the top in the TV ratings, I consider it little more than kitsch which does little contribute to contemporary Ukrainian culture, the last episode over the weekend proved that no matter what the judges think Oleh Skrypka is going to the finals. Many…

Stina / The Wall – The First Ukrainian Rock Opera

In a comment to my post on A little music history Kasia brought up a jem of a topic. The first Ukrainian Rock Opera Stina, and mentioned that Ihor Bilozir was involved in it having read about it somewhere on the web. Ihor in fact was not involved in this project, and to answer Kasia’s…

A little music history

Easter is one of those moments for family and friends to gather. Due to a small force major incident last Thursday I couldn’t travel to my father’s village to spend time with my cousin, his family and my godson. As a consolation I spent Easter with my business partner and someone who has become a…

Ukrainian contemporary culture: some more thoughts on the problems

Earlier on I posted two different posts dealing with the problems both abroad and internally within Ukrainian contemporary culture. Most recently with the selection of Verka Serduchka to represent Ukraine in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest is another example of what ails the system. One of the elements which has created problems in the formation…

Revanche on Eurovision

Well last Friday night it was made official. Verka Serduchka the stage name of Andriy Danylko was chosen to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest. Does this come as a surprise to anyone? I would say it doesn’t. It just goes to show the low level of professionalism at the First National Television channel…