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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.


Cover Story

The seventh annual British Film Festival is coming to Ukraine, and this year looks set to be better than previous years by a long way. The movies being shown have gained no less than 107 nominations and 54 awards at renowned film festivals throughout the world, and will include such talented actors as Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Peter OToole, Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett. The movies on show are by the best British directors around such as Ken Loach, Richard Eyre (a special guest at the festival), Keith Fulton and Michael Winterbottom. Theres insightful drama, hilarious comedy, nerve-jangling thrills and dramatic documentary everything the movie buff needs. So get yourself a large bucket of popcorn, sit back and enjoy!

In a city swiftly shedding its provincial past and joining the international art scene, theres no hipper gallery around than Kyiv.FineArt, the exhibition space that charming brunette Tanya Franchuk opened with a partner last year.

It was in London that top local spinner DJ Eva always dreamed of making it big. But things worked out differently, and these days its States-side that shes breaking big. The ambitious Eva believes that while being a star in Kyiv is great, shes got to perform all over the world if she wants to develop.

Stunning beauty Tina Karol has become one of the most recognisable of Ukraines pop stars, with her supple voice and graceful dancing. On 7 November shell perform at Palace Ukraine with a new program called Attraction Pole. Shes also co-hosting the third season of Dancing With the Stars, with Yuriy Gorbunov.

RIVER PALACE Rap legend Turbo−B, formerly of Snap, was mixing it up at this club on the river 5 October following on from a breathtaking perfor− mance at the MTV awards show in Moscow. There place was crowded on the night with loads of people wanting to see the big man perform, includ− ing including Nigerian born Swedish music Dr Alban who was the guest of honour. Everyone took to the dance floor when he grabbed the mike and started blasting out his raps in that unique snappy style of his.

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XS is the clothing size favoured by models, so its no surprise that a pop group with that name should consist of girls who resemble them. But XS isnt just a bunch of pretty faces who look good on TV singing their latest catchy pop confection. Have a chat with them, and youll find that theyre quite nice and very hard-working. Lena, Natasha, and Anya practise their singing and dancing every day, and their goal is to establish themselves as respected figures on the Ukrainian pop scene, and not just be another girl-pop group in a country stuffed with them.

Starting out as a pop star before moving onto TV presenting, Svetlana Loboda is one of the best-known faces around. Having been at the picture end of a camera more times than a snap-happy Japanese tourists children, this multi-faceted young lady has switched to the other side to try her hand at photography. Her first photo exhibition starts this week, the proceeds of which will go to charity.

Summer is gone, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop having fun, and Kyiv in autumn still offers plenty of opportunities for you to do just that especially if you are an adrenalin junkie. Here at What's On, we decided it was a good time to have a look at all the activities the city has to offer that will keep even the most ardent thrill seeker entertained. From throwing yourself out of a plane, or off a very high bridge, to hurtling round a race track feeling like Michael Schumaker, the great town of Kyiv has it all

Italian rock legend Adelmo Fornaciari, better known by his stage name Zucchero, will be breezing into the Ukrainian capital on Sept. 12 to play his winning blend of Italian pop and American soul and R&B in the flashy precincts of the Arena Entertainment complex.

Getting the most out of Kyivs ancient waterway this summer season

There are not many cities in the world that have such a vast and accessible expanse of water as the Dnipro running through the city centre, and on these steaming-hot summer days there is no better way to cool off than to spend some time on, in or around the river. This week Whats On Journalists Natalia Marianchyk, Anastasiya Skorina, Yulia Samus and Yulia Baltak take a look at what activities todays Dnipro has to offer.

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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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