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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Kyiv Celebrities
While Iryna Danylevska may not be a lady whos hunted by all of the fashion world paparazzi, she is one of the most significant cogs in the wheels of Ukrainian Fashion Week. For 13 years now it has been she and her husband Volodymyr Nechyporuk whove been organising UFW, and when it comes to Ukr fashion, she really knows what shes talking about. And this is reflected in the clothes she wears. When she meets me shes dressed in a grey shirt and bouffant skirt totally Zalevsky, totally fashion, totally Ukr style
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With her nuptials making headlines all last summer, the once Karolina Kuyek, now better known as Ani Lorak, is back. Shining a light on the Ukrainian entertainment industry with her new album Solntse (Sun), she is feeling good and ready to roll. A born performer, her desire to be on stage has been a constant in her life and now with another new album and a tour in the works, Ani Lorak (her real name, Karolina, spelt backwards) is going from strength to strength. She may now go by a different name, but Karolina has never forgotten where she comes from, and that remains clear in the way she conducts herself.
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Whats On is a truly star-studded magazine, always keeping you up-to-date with the latest and greatest news about whats going on in the world of entertainment.
And so with Christmas and New Year festivities just around the corner, we got together with some of Ukraines biggest names in the biz to find out just what they had planned for the biggest and best night of the year.

Hes a man that stands out in the crowd: Hes handsome, hes tall (2 metres, 2cm), hes strong and intelligent, and really quite famous. So I ask the question, how is it that all of this has been allocated to just one man? Because if I hadnt seen the man myself I wouldnt have believed it either but its true.
Vitaliy Klichko, world heavyweight boxing champion and pride of Ukraine, took the time to hook up with Whats On just before his fight with Chris Arreola on 26 September in the Staples Centre, Los Angeles. We got the chance to wish him well.
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From the early years of Ukrainian independence, the name Eric Aigner, or simply Eric, was synonymous with the nightclub, live music and pub scenes here in Kyiv. With names like Al Capones, 111, Art Club 44 and his eponymous Bierstube behind him, he was very much one of the main players in Kyiv nightlife. Then, three years ago, it all went horribly wrong, and a fall out with his Ukrainian partners left him out in the cold. A string of failed attempts to re-enter the market followed, but in 2007 he disappeared from the city under a dark cloud of rumour and gossip. But now hes back, and ready to set the record straight
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As Ukrainian Fashion week starts, Whats Ons Ksenia Karpenko thought it would be a good time to catch up with fashion guru Daria Shapovalova who is a regular visitor at the catwalks of New York, London, Paris and Milan to ask her how she sees Ukrainian fashion on the world stage, and for her opinion on the countrys top designers.

In what way is European fashion different from Ukrainian?
Ukrainian fashion is very young in comparison. UFW only started in 1997, which was really the launch of clothes design in this country, while European fashion has centuries of rich culture.

Got big plans for the New Year holidays? Ukraines society figures, celebs and pop stars definitely do, and Whats On asked them what their ideal holiday looks like, where it might take place and where theyve had the most fun watching the old year fade and the new year rise. Read on, and you might get a few ideas yourself.

As the finale of the Fabrika Zirok 2 (Star Factory 2) televised talent show approaches, Whats On magazine thought it was high time to interview the woman who makes the contestants what they are: Tetyana Piskareva, a singer and the voice coach for the show. A native of Kryvyh Rih, shes risen from humble beginnings to become an Honoured Artist of Ukraine and to open her own dance and singing school. As her recent duet with contestant Maksym Barskikh on Fabrika Zirok shows, shes just as good at singing as she is at teaching.

Ivan Marchuk is a legendary artist in Ukraine, a living classic of Ukrainian painting and the innovator of several new techniques, among them the microscopic strokes with which he fills his canvases. A favourite artist of President Yushchenko, he inspires in his fellow painters and critics a kind of how-does-he-do-that awe. In person, as Whats Ons Kateryna Kyselyova discovered, hes a cheerful, hospitable and personable man, one happy to be interviewed. She met up with him in his central Kyiv workshop to chat.

Born in Vilnius, having lived and worked in Canada, Italy and Russia, and having finally settled in Kyiv, Savik Shuster considers himself a European, and he brought a cosmopolitan flare to his popular news debate show, Freedom of Speech, and his new show, Shuster Live. After finally catching up with the busy man (after four attempts!) at his studio premises at the Dovzhenko Studio complex, we were happy to sit down with one of the most influential men in the local media.
Its not a tricky thing that Ive got two citizenships, says the trim, elegant Shuster. I used to live in Canada, and when I moved to Italy, where holding two citizenships is legal, I got the second one. But he really became a citizen of the world in the sense that he became an important media figure across Europe - when he moved to Russia in 1988, as a producer at Radio Svoboda.
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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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