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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.


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As a Police Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Stepanenko is the chief investigator on the case of Vyacheslav Chornovils death. He is a proud Ukrainian, and although his police work is of the utmost importance to him he has also found time to devise the all-Ukrainian National Identity Embroidery Project the goal of which is to create a mammoth cloth made from pieces of embroidery from every region of the country that will be presented to the nation on Independence Day. He also hopes the project will keep open the biggest store of home trade in Kyiv which the authorities seem eager to close.

Having only recently appeared on the Ukrainian pop scene Vasiliy Bondarchuk has already proved himself a very promising singer. As a candidate for Eurovision 2007 he bears no ill-will to Verka Serdyuchka and is sure she will perform a real show at the contest. Fully devoting himself to his creative work Bondarchuk is currently working on his debut album and looking forward to many new projects.

Infinitely approachable, unassuming and youthful, Moldovian born Radu Poklitaru is the sort of person you could pass on the street without ever guessing the things he has achieved in his 35 years, and that he is a man of art whose work always attracts a massive audience, along with a lot of controversy. But no matter what is said of his shows, his natural talent, thirst for creativity, and his new and extraordinary approaches cannot be denied. His talents as a choreographer are much sought after at ballet and opera theatres both at home and abroad, and he is the recipient of many awards for his shows which are often head-and-shoulders above the works of other European ballet masters for their elasticity, and musical and dramatic harmony. It is often said that his work penetrates deeply into the mystery of human nature unveiling hidden truths through dance.

Gifted Director of the Dakh Theatre company Vlad Troitsky just came back from a tour to London with his brilliant play Macbeth. Prologue which created a real furor when it was staged in Ukraine. Developing the theatre in two directions the ethno-cultural and philosophical Vlad is looking forward to getting a big stage to perform on.

Ilya has managed to become one of the few whose work defines contemporary Ukrainian art. He was brought up by his grandmother who taught him the basics of painting. My parents were hippies and they didnt pay much attention to my upbringing, he explains. After changing schools nearly eight times Lyolia (iron fist, his affectionate nickname for his grandmother) sent me to the restoration studio to repair works by classicists. It was at this time the eighteen year-old Chichkan completed his first painting. Despite the fact that he now sees it as was the worst picture in his career it laid a solid foundation, and gave him a confidence in his talent.

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Throughout history many wars have passed through Ukraine as various empires have fought over control of the land, and the people of Ukraine have always suffered because of it. Over the last couple of weeks another battle has been going on between competing interests, and this time Ukraine has all the power, literally! Energy, and particularly gas, is big news in Europe these days, and Ukraine has found itself centre-stage. When Russia cut off the supply for 24 hours last winter it sent a warning signal to the world, and suddenly politicians realised what business has always known: Ukraine plays a very important role in gas supplies to Europe. And with Black Sea exploration and possible new pipelines also making news, Ukraine suddenly found itself being courted by EU member states. In response, Russia proposed a deal where it would share control in the Ukrainian state-owned pipeline company in return for access to Russian gas fields. Interestingly, on 6 February the Verkhovna Rada voted with a landslide majority for a new law that made any such deal illegal. Energy expert and EU adviser Juris Ozolins knows just how important Ukraine is these days, and how the government could capitalise on its new found influence.

The Ukrainian advertising industry is booming, and few know it better than marketing mastermind Tetyana Popova who started her career as a client manager for Gala Radio as a teenager in the early 1990s and now lleads an extensive holding which includes an advertising agency, marketing group and internet operation. So how has the market developed and what does the future hold for the domestic advertising industry?

Inspired by music, conversation, flowers and people Sergey Yermakov creates striking, funky clothes that the Ukrainian market swallows up with delight. Despite the fact that his clothes are impractical and can be uncomfortable to wear his outfits are among the most sought after on the domestic market fetching prices of up to 50,000 euros.

Hailed as Ukrainian arts great new hope, Oksana Mas exhibitions have set tongues wagging both at home and abroad. Hugely popular with A-Listers looking to brighten up their homes, the gorgeous and versatile artist has also received plaudits from some of the Ukrainian art scenes most influential and highly respected movers and shakers.

Throughout her life Manana Suradze has had a passion for cinema. Originally a film critic she has since gone on to become one of Georgias most influential cinema characters both as the director of the Gold Eagle festival and as deputy director of the Georgian National Cinema Centre.

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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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