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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.


Kyiv Celebrities

Good Morning Dasha Kolomiets

Her morning face is always camera-ready, but among the plethora of pretty faces holding presenter jobs on the Ukrainian small screen theres more to Dasha Kolomiets than meets the eye.
While landing on your feet in the Ukrainian entertainment industry can be a case not of what you know, but who you know, Kolomiets is an exception to the rule.

It would be easy to dismiss the talkative host of music channel M1s Guten Morgen breakfast show as one of those aspiring singers who turned to TV to earn some extra cash; the reverse is true of Dasha Kolomiets.
In 2007, the former Kyiv Institute of Cinema and Television student got her first break on M1 as a journalist. It was later she would audition for the first series of Ukrainian Fabryka Zirok (Star Factory) a singing reality show. She did it for research purposes, just to get a better understanding of how showbiz works. When the hype died away she simply returned to her day job presenting.
Kolomiets started on a TV show for teenagers on Noviy Channel, naturally called Teen Time. As her experience grew, her audience became more mature. She switched to the daily Hello Show on M1, before becoming a host of Guten Morgen. To get to know her a little better, Whats On went to M1s studio for a coffee and a chat with the charming blond.
What is it that attracts you to your work?
People! Growing up in Cherkasy I always had an interest in people. Its fascinating to find out how to approach different people, dig up information about them and see their faces when you ask questions they dont expect. And when my guests do something totally unexpected like when Serhiy Lazarev (Russian pop star) did push-ups in the studio or David Brown from Brazzaville ate herring on set, I feel as though Ive achieved my goal. It takes tremendous effort thats what attracts me to my profession.
Is there anyone you dream about interviewing?
Definitely Zemfira (Russian rock star), Im a big fan of hers and she is notoriously hard to get an interview with.
What would you ask her if you had the chance?
Oh, so many trivial questions come to mind. I guess ideally Id really want to observe her. I just want to see what her ordinary day looks like. Let me tell you a secret when I do interviews with musicians whose work I really like my knees tremble! I once had Serhiy Babkin as a guest on the Hello Show and I couldnt sleep for a week before meeting him! He is just one of those musicians whose songs make me cry. I was afraid to ask him some hackneyed question.
Was it hard to stay professional at that interview? Did you become star-struck?
So hard! Although I wanted to scream I know all your songs, I stayed calm. And, I dont think I would want to befriend those stars I admire, because as a fan you have them on a pedestal. I would be afraid of spoiling the impression I have of them and their music by allowing them to become ordinary.
What of your own singing career?
Even when I was taking part in Fabryka Zirok I didnt consider myself a singer. I dont have a unique voice. I like music, but music that somehow moves you. Recently, I met a participant from the Holos Krainy (Voice of the Country) TV show Katya Hracheva. She produces some really good music and so I sent her some of my lyrics which she wrote a song to! We even shot a video, but its very personal so Im not sure Ill show it to anyone apart from close friends and family. We called it Sny-Povtory (Dreams-Repeat). But its definitely a non-commercial song.
What do you think of modern pop stars?
There are so many talented musicians in Ukraine and theres also the opportunity to make money in the music industry in Russia, theres no good music there. Thats why so many Russian stars are of Ukrainian origin.
If we were out star searching one night in one of our local clubs, would we find you there?
You know, journalism is a profession known for hard living, but I got so sick and tired of the club scene early on and now I prefer a quieter life. One of my friends and I have a tradition of giving each other tickets to concerts and plays abroad spurring us to travel. For my birthday on 9 August he gave me a ticket to an Al Pacino play in New York that Im really looking forward to.

Guten Morgen featuring Dasha Kolomiets on M1
Monday Friday 
from 7.00 to 9.00

Vadym Mishkoriz

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    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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