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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.


Take me out!
When one thinks of the word beefy, it conjures up images of strength, power and muscles. Thats enough about me though! Whats on Kyiv went to check out the citys newest American restaurant, which aims to give people a taste of modern America without breaking the bank. With burger and chilli specialities, it certainly cuts the mustard.
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Im not usually the one who covers TUCC events, but this time I have to as my friend and business partner Paul, and his lovely lady Lana (chief editor of this here rag) are getting hitched in Ireland. And I dont mind at all, because the TUCC events are always good fun, and the food is usually excellent. Ukrainian eatery in the greenery, Kureni, is on the cards this time round, and I must admit I am looking forward to it.

OK Bar and Restaurant proudly bills itself as a hang-out for Kyivs rich and famous. As if the people-watching inside isnt enough, its full-glass frontage also affords unrivalled views of those outside. Sometimes the contrast is stark; this is a place where Kyivs elite can watch how the other-half lives the homeless in the park across Ivana Fedorova Street. But were not here to compare social strata, were here for the food, which is more than OK.

Coffee. For some it is an elixir of life - it wakes you up in the morning, is a pick-me-up when youre feeling sluggish, and its a great winter warmer. Camps are as divided as to the health benefits of the drink as they are when it comes to debating what constitutes good coffee. To coincide with the Na Kavu do Lvova (To Lviv for a Coffee) festival to kick off in Lviv at the end of the month, we look a bit closer to home before previewing the festival itself.

In vino veritas in wine there is truth. Its a Latin phrase that exists across all cultures and languages, with the local variant going something like what the sober one has in his mind the drunk has on his tongue. In an effort to see if there is anything to the old adage, we take a trip to Vero Vero, a new Italian eatery in Podil, to learn the truth.

It seems a natural progression in showbiz stars expanding their brand to the restaurant world, hoping their popularity will guarantee success for their eateries. The latest to do this in Kyiv is well-known Russian comic and actor Sergey Svetlakov with Eshak, which can be translated as ass or donkey. And to follow the old showbiz adage theres no such thing as bad press, its opening created a bit of a stir the restaurant is situated on an apartment blocks ground floor and the buildings inhabitants were unhappy with the disruption and noise in their hood. Whats On finds out what the fuss is about.

With this issue, the clock ticks over into autumn, which means the days will continue to get progressively shorter and colder. Terraces will be closing and delicious summer menus will be replaced with those that include dishes perfect for a brisk autumn eve. With a number of venues in town sticking to various world tastes year round, we highlight our favourites both past and present a couple of which occupy both categories. Stop by any one of these eateries and enjoy a folk fest of flavours today, tomorrow, next week, anytime!

Whats the best season for seafood? Summer of course, and you still have the whole month to treat yourself with the best seafood in Kyiv, thanks to Whats On and our list of venues that serve the oceans bounty best. Whether its fish, lobsters, oysters or shrimps, it can all be found here in the city, delivered from the Black Sea and other seas and oceans of the world.

The image of the USSR especially in the west is of drab, dull uniformity and hand-in-hand with the Soviet ethos of selfless collectivism came food that was bad, even by British standards. However, life for the proletariat wasnt all grim, and there is a corner of Kyiv steeped in nostalgia for the de-Stalinised golden years of the Soviet UNI0N where the grub is good. Whats On captures the feel and the flavours of the swingin (Soviet) 60s at Spotykach.

The opening of Kanapa restaurant-salon created quite a stir this summer. As the brainchild of two celebrities musician Oleh Skrypka and restaurateur Dmytro Borisov, the new eatery was bound to get media attention. But before we sing the restaurants praises, Whats On performs a thorough and meticulous check of what the restaurant 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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