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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.


My Kyiv
George Logush, Managing Director for Kraft Foods in Ukraine and other CIS countries, first came to Kyiv before the collapse of the Soviet UNI0N. He has seen many changes in the city and the country since then, and has a very interesting perspective on all of it.  
Interestingly, hes better known for his charitable work in the country, and especially as the organiser of one of Kyivs biggest charity events Carnivaliya.

Ciro is a man whos brought one of the best additions in many a year to the Kyiv restaurant scene with his eponymous Pomodoro; a place that serves up excellent Italian cuisine in a fun and lively atmosphere with live music every night.
One look at the walls of the place, which are covered top to bottom in photos of Ciro with just about every megastar you could ever think of, will tell you that this man is an interesting one. Covered from top to bottom in tattoos and overloaded with gothic-looking jewellery, one look at the man himself tells you the same thing. Lets find out

Georgian Ambassador Grigol Katamadze, has an unforgettable charisma, a lively passion for the work hes doing and a deep patriotic love for his country. Hes down-to-earth and as he has just come from the construction site on Shevchenko Boulevard where his new Embassy is being built, his professional approach is reflected even in what he is wearing.
Understandably, I respect this man with whom I am speaking, and as we are conversing in a language other than English, I am well aware of my obligation to translate correctly. Regardless of this responsibility, His Excellency and I have a lovely chat about international relations, the war and those hes missing.
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Alex Sikorskiy, with his striking features, shaven head and natty dress sense, is a familiar face around town, and his story is somewhat interesting.
This relocation expert was born in Ukraine, but emigrated to the UK in 1998. However, in 2006 he returned to his native land and has lived here ever since, despite being a British passport holder. His perspective on Kyiv and Ukraine is an interesting one.

Coming to deepest, darkest Ukraine to do business in the early nineties was a very brave thing to do, but many came, willing to risk everything investing in the new country. One of the very first people to do so was real estate expert Terry Pickard who dropped into Kyiv 17 years ago. He tells us about his time here, and the interesting things hes seen and experienced over the years.

Our lives are a constant scramble to learn and understand so that we can make educated decisions for our future. Part of that world includes the political arena, and what, in all seriousness can be more ambiguous than that?
Not only do the people involved attempt to solve many of the worlds most burning issues, but they also bring about hilarity in a world that sometimes isnt very funny. In Ukraine, the political superstars tend to make people laugh at an unprecedented rate, the unfortunate part is that we are not laughing with them, were laughing at them. With the presidential campaign looming, and the pre-electoral campaign which seems to be constantly running, we thought it might be kind of amusing to poke fun at those political creatures running around Kyiv.

A man youd never never miss in a crowd because of his height and impeccable dress sense, Austrian construction guru Wolfgang (Wolfi) Gomernik has been around in Kyiv for a few years now, so we at Whats On thought it time we should let him tell a little about his life and work in the city.
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Renato Marques has been the Brazilian Ambassador to Ukraine for 6 years, and in that time he has become a familiar face around town, and not only at diplomatic functions. A keen tennis player, lover of all things cultural, and avid restaurant goer, hes a fun fixture in Kyivs social scene. Sadly his tenure in Ukraine is over, and he is returning to Brazil. We wanted to know his thoughts on his time here.

Partner at Deloitte, Karl Gessner is a well known and much-loved character around Kyiv, but it is our sad duty to announce that after eight years in Kyiv, he is leaving. When his wife, Mary-Ann, left for Australia in January, it was on the cards that Karl would follow, but we hoped hed hang around for a while longer. Sadly, this is not the case, and hes off to Australia on 17 June. Lets all wish him well, and find out what he thinks of Kyiv before he goes.

Children are quite precious. They allow us the opportunity to become the best we can so that we in turn can offer them a life that they can truly take pleasure in. Sometimes it means living in far off places, changing jobs, homes and schools, but sometimes you get lucky and end up in a place that is unlike any other. Kids in Kyiv are special because Kyiv too is a special place. Many of them will have, if they havent already, the good fortune to experience certain things that kids living in other parts of the world only dream about and they certainly arent afraid to tell us about them. And while it wont get me very far asking lampposts and street signs for chronicles about this unique city, I do know a few boys and girls who can tell me just what they love about it. Help us celebrate Childrens Day on 1 June by showing our kids just how special they are.
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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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