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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
Whats On has been around for eleven years already, and regardless of whos been at the helm, this little rag has been doing its best to keep up with the lives of all of Ukraines current and soon to be stars and starlets. With the years passing and their own showbiz careers gaining huge momentum, Whats On has had the privilege of watching them grow. In taking a look back to past episodes with some of our favourite cover models, we give you the very best of Ukraines stars in bright lights over the last eleven years.
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The Whats On Editorial Team is small, but very friendly! And taking a moment to say thank you for sticking with us for an already incredible eleven years, we thought we might let you into our worlds just a little bit and share some of the fun experiences weve had over the years. Because without you, our readers, this crazy little publication would only be a pipedream!

Playing, watching or even just listening to it, football of any sort has the ability to get peoples blood boiling. Its both a competition for bragging rights to My Team Is Better Than Yours and a sport we cant help but love. But with Americas Super Bowl Sunday coming up, the old debate returns: which football is better? We asked a few ex-pats their opinion on the matter and got things close to the boiling point pretty fast.

With different gods at work throughout each of the seasons, many different cultures and communities have embraced certain traditions not only because of what they believed in but also because of the time of year. As we come ever closer to one of the most significant celebrations for many, what seems simply an astronomical coincidence, in fact connects numerous countries and is called the winter solstice.
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The HIV/AIDS epidemic rages in Ukraine like it does in few other places on the planet. And even as the rate of those infected continues to rise at a frighteningly fast pace, government and civil society alike have been slow in coming to terms with just how to handle it. The result? The endangerment of a new generation; the reality of which, Ukraine, as a nation, has yet to face. With International AIDS Day fast approaching, Whats On decided to investigate the bigger crisis, close-up.
Statistics concerning HIV/AIDS in Ukraine is telling: in 1997, 11% of infections were through sexual contact, in 2009, the rate has far surpassed 45%. Women in their reproductive years seem to be most susceptible accounting for 39% of those infected while a whopping 60% are between the ages of 20-34!
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When I started thinking about this piece, it was in the hope that I would be able to write about my experiences after I had been and celebrated with Berliners, East and West alike, the French, the Brits, the Americans, the Russians, and anyone else who thought it important enough to be there, in Berlin, for the 20th anniversary of the fall of one of the greatest partitions the world has ever seen. But sometimes admiring from afar isnt bad either.
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27 July, 2002, was meant to be a celebration, the 60th anniversary in fact, of one of the divisions of Ukraines air force. Spectators from Lviv and surrounding areas had come out expecting inspiring acrobatic displays featuring Su-27s, Mig-29 war planes, gliders, light engine planes and parachute jumping. What they got was much, much more.

Reach for Your Dreams, a charity project aimed at brining a little light into the life of Ukrainian orphans, is now in its third year, and this time round Zhennya Tymoshenko got involved. I caught up with her to try and find out what its all about.
When I meet Zhennya, shes looking a little tired which is hardly surprising as shes recently opened a new restaurant in town, and I for one know exactly how it feels launching a new business.
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The internet is a wonderful thing, giving instant access to all the information you could ever need. However, unmonitored and uncensored, it also provides access to all the darkest vices. The world is becoming aware of the threat to children the internet poses, and countries are taking action to combat sexual predators who groom young girls in chat rooms and the like. It is a very sad fact of life that Ukraine is seen as a prime location for sex tourism and child pornography, and because of this, as more and more Ukrainian kids get on line, the threat to them could be even more extreme. One man, Hollywood actor Tony Schiena, visited Ukraine last week to try and get the government to sign up to his new IC3O protocol, aimed at combating this serious problem.
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Walking through one of the many parks located in the city the other day, I was struck like never before by the pile of garbage, and more specifically by an entire refrigerator that someone realised they didnt need anymore and so just chucked down the hill. It made me quite sad actually. And so with Earth Day fast approaching, we here at Whats On thought it might be interesting to dig up the dirt on Ukraines involvement with the environment.
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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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