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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.


Picture Perfect

The spiralling real estate market in Kyiv has been the subject of numerous international news articles over the New Year holiday period, as prices continue to rocket and building sites shoot up all over the boom town Ukrainian capital. However, as this major construction work over at the St. Pokrovskiy monastery (15, Bekhterevsky Prov.) demonstrates, it is not all about high rise residential buildings and grade A office space!

 Photo: Roman Orel

With a significant non−Orthodox christian minority Ukrainians enjoy a par− ticularly long festive season, stretching from mid−December on into mid− January. The party started even earlier for many, with these little terrors enjoying an international celebration on 18 December courtesy of the EBA and Gala Radio. The Ukrainian capital now boasts a number of main New Year trees, where kids can go and make a wish and meet with Ded Moroz himself, and if theyre lucky, his lovely assistant Snegorochka!

Ukrainian designer Aina Gasse, who is a firm favourite of stylish opposition leader Yulia Timoshenko, takes a bow after winning the Fantasy section of last weekends Crystal Silhouette contest, where designers take part by trying to impress the jury with a single creation. The event, which has become a Kyiv staple, attracted an international audience with the Italian fashion masters in the jury noting the exceptional originality on display. Turn to pages 28-29 for full coverage.

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Kyivs high society set have quickly taken to the idea of an annual Viennese Ball, with its glamorous Opera House location and echoes of Tsarist splendour. The only problem is that many VIPs dont know how to waltz! This minor deficiency was remedied last week prior to the ball with celebrity dance classes attended by many of Kyivs top stars. See pages 28-29 for all the action from the ball.

Thousands of Kyivites placed candles on the capitals central squares over the course 25 and 26 November in act of remembrance to those who died during the Holodomor. Millions starved to death during 1932-33 as a direct result of Stalins forced collectivisation programme, an atrocity which President Yuschenko is campaigning to be officially recognised as genocide both at home and abroad. Those interested in learning more about this often overlooked holocaust should visit Ukraine House, which is holding a major exhibition dedicated to the Holodomor until the end of December, featuring recently released Soviet files documenting the famine and video archive footage of survivor accounts.

PHOTO: Maria Bykova

Karina Kharchinska, a 23 year old Ukrainian model, was one of five chosen finalists at the Miss Earth 2006 beauty contest that took place on 14 November on Borakay Island in the Philippines. The Grand Final will be held on 26 November. Miss Earth is an annual international beauty contest founded in 2001 by Carousel Productions of the Philippines. Girls promote the idea of looking after the environment through various catwalk shows. The stunning Ukrainian will take to the stage in the final sporting a dress designed by local fashion godess Diana Dorozhkina. Good luck, Karina!

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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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