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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.


Special Feature
The week of Maslyana is fast approaching, and from 20 26 February you can pig out on as many pancakes, flapjacks, crepes and blini as you wish! Also associated with the changing of seasons, it is believed that on the last day of Maslyana, 26 February, winter meets up with spring. Spring, of course, proves too much for the long cold winter, which ushers the cold away with its warm rays of sun.

Lets face it, winter in Kyiv can be downright unbearable. The streets fill up with the white stuff, it melts, it snows again, it gets colder The cycle continues much in this same way until mid-March when we begin removing layers, and faces, no longer hidden behind insulation, become visible once more. Keeping warm while youre out and about is very important in this cold weather. But what about while youre at home? Weve got the solution!
Ukraine is famous for its down-home cuisine. From varenyky to blini, everyone has got their own recipes. For no other recipe is this more true, however, than the famously-Ukrainian, beetroot-red soup borsch. Ask anyone, and theyll tell you theirs is the best!

Its a game of unfair advantage for some and pure spite for others. How will you play the game? And will you win or lose?
The world of European energy is as fascinating as it is fraught. Energy (usually gas) comes from the north and east, and flows to the EU customer states in the west. Resource-rich Asian states like Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are developing their fields around the Caspian.

The cold season always creeps up suddenly, no matter how well you try to prepare. With a gloomy sky hovering overhead, harsh winds blowing in your face and the frosty winter air seemingly plunging you deeper into winters icebox, let Whats On help you warm up with a hot mug of cocoa.
Accepting the tasty invitation of the culinary professionals over at Shokoladnytsya, we head on over one dreary afternoon. The guys at the bar are busy pouring chocolate, coffee and cream into mugs that overflow with gratifying goodness. Getting settled, it doesnt take long to find out just how important these three ingredients are to this cold unpleasant season.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Theres parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting, none of which would be complete without the seasons most quintessential item, the Christmas Tree. Filling your home with the scent of pine and all that is wonderful about this time of year, add a few handmade touches to those old family relics that have hung on tree branches for years. Come with Whats On to the land of adornment and decoration: well get you in the right spirit to deck the tree, the halls, the whole house!

Work can be boring, tedious, monotonous, draining, unentertaining and downright suicide-inducing at times. The onset of the winter weather does little to cheer the mood. Thats where Whats On comes in.
Allow us a moment of your time to introduce you to ways in which both your workplace and morale can benefit from a few simple measures. Managers may not like them. But then what do they know.

Theres so much good stuff going on over the next week we just had to include it in the magazine. Isnt it great when Kyiv conspires to make sure your entertainment requirements are not only met but surpassed..? Enjoy!
The Famous What's On Dirty 12
Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1), 063-747-0000, 11 November at 21.00, Tickets are 100hrv
Whats On will celebrate its 12th birthday (a little late) on 11 November with a great party featuring top-notch Ukrainian musicians and DJs. You may have already heard about our little party, heck some of you may even tickets. As for the rest of you out there, what are you waiting for?

Ukraine has more Day of days than any other country were sure of it! In addition to Bosses Day, Bus Driver Day and Lamppost Day, we also have Day of the Ukrainian Artist which is coming up 9 October! Its a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the beauty on canvas in our lives, or perhaps expose a new talent of your own. Sound too audacious for you? Dont worry, we here at Whats On think youve got what it takes to become a master artist.
The Master Class Culture Centre has a number of master classes in their armoury. Oil painting being among them. Now, we know what youre thinking: Im an adult, I stopped painting when I realised it wasnt so easy to get acrylic out of cotton and I have no talent.
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The television show How Things Are Made is great for all your questions about how things are made! In this particular issue of Whats On, however, we hope to keep you fixed and focused not on your television sets but on us! Not only have we got the goods on how bracelets and candlestick holders are made, were going to show you how to do it yourself!
Here in Ukraine especially, we constantly come across things that are made by the hands of others. Ukrainian handmade items often receive praise and acknowledgment both far and wide. Most often more affordable and definitely more individual than mass-produced items, handmade has hooked our country making way for many-a handicraft shop especially here in Kyiv.

Summer sweeps everyone out into the open air, and whether its for rest or play, its wonderful to be able to be out and about with friends and close family at such a pleasant time of year. With a bottle of Chablis uncorked and chilling, take your time turning on the BBQ. Theres no need to hurry for anyone or anything during the summer months; youve got all the time in the world!

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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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