Features News Events Interviews Take me out Competitions RSS
On the cover
7 (2014)
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.


Ukrainian Culture
Thanks to its pagan roots, Kyiv is a hotbed of activity come Halloween. In the hopes of dispelling any fears that the capital might be harbouring witches, werewolves or zombies of any kind, Whats On goes about our own little investigation just before All Hallows Eve to learn the truth... And maybe a few tales too..

She was variously labelled Wagners Prima Donna, the most beautiful and most charming Butterfly, a grand Salome and was one of the most outstanding opera singers of the 20th century. She was Solomiya Krushelnytska, a Ukrainian opera star who left audiences the world over spellbound by the beauty of her voice.

Couples the world over strive to make their nuptials memorable. Where Ukrainians really set the standard, however, is in throwing a wedding. The movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding could easily be re-made as Ukrainian, just by substituting the ouzo for horilka, slipping a couple of polkas onto the soundtrack and adding a series of peculiar rituals and sexually-charged game play.
2 (Comments)

They are the names and faces that dominate the showbiz news and gossip pages internationally instantly recognisable worldwide. In Ukraine, fame is a much smaller beast, with celebrities rarely stretching beyond the borders of this country. Whats On pits a few of the international luminaries against what we very loosely term their local equivalents.

Twenty years ago, the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund started a non-profit charity project Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC) the initiatives mission was to improve the quality of life of children living in orphanages in Ukraine. Whats On meets with Yulia Vokalyuk, an orphan herself, who today heads the next step in the charitys evolution the New Generation International Fund, which operates in Ukraine to implement the charitable programmes of the Canadian fund.

This summer is going to be a big one for two of my friends who will go through the life-changing ritual of tying the knot. While I am not getting married myself, Im still under pressure as both of them have asked me to be their best man. According to Ukrainian tradition, the best man should be one who has never married and unfortunately for me I am that guy.

Today, more than 2 million Muslims live in Ukraine, making Islam one of the largest religious communities in the state. Besides Crimea, the region Muslims have historically inhabited, Kyiv qualifies as the centre of the Islamic religion and the culture of all Ukrainian Muslims. Whats On discovers Islamic Kyiv and meets with Ukrainian families who converted to Islam by personal choice.
1 (Comments)

Forget about the plastic pop on the radio and the hardcore beats in Kyiv clubs for an authentic musical experience, tune into the ethereal tracks of Ummagma; an international husband and wife duo who might just be the next big thing out of Ukraine.
3 (Comments)

Getting hitched: It is said every girl dreams of donning a white dress and marrying her prince charming. Most plan to do it only once. But in Ukraine, a tradition has emerged that allows blushing brides the opportunity to relive their big day without the hassle of finding another spouse the bride parade. Cities across Ukraine are set to become seas of white this summer as waves of brides take to the streets. Whats On takes a look at the schedule of bride parades whether you simply want to watch, gain inspiration for your own nuptials, or participate in one of them this story is for you!

The worlds most non-political and environmentally-aware magazine National Geographic has launched a Ukrainian edition, taking the number of languages the magazine is published in to 39. Appearing on shelves in April, people were soon hunting for the debut issue across Kyiv, snapping up the famous yellow-framed magazine in kiosks and supermarkets. The first-issue fever proved there was an appetite among Ukrainians for a magazine devoted to geography, popular science, history, culture, current events, and photography that speaks their language.

Pages No.: Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  Next

Global news 
Events Calendar
«« September 2021 »»
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30

Remember me
Forgot your password?

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.


Essential Kyiv listings
Car Rental
Bars & Pubs
Catering Services
Courier Services
Foreign Banks
Hotel Service
Internet Cafes
Lost & Found
Medical Care
Language Courses
Souvenir Shops
Travel Agencies
Real Estate
Cable & Satellite TV
Fitness Centers
Flowers and Gifts delivery
Food Delivery
Freight Forwarders
Internet providers
Translation Services
Veterinarian Clinics
Beauty Salons
Whatson Birdies Party

Useful Links