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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.


Active Kyiv

Get Your Skates On

The weather might be cooling, but that doesnt mean you cant still enjoy the great outdoors! Cmon Kyiv get your skates on and roll about the city. We give you a guide on where to go, when and how much its going to cost you.

An amateur video recently went round the Internet showing a 550-tonne Russian military hovercraft try to inconspicuously park itself on a packed beach among hundreds of sunbathers in Kaliningrad, Russia. During the routine military exercise, spectators watched open-mouthed in astonishment as the boat threw-up metres of foam and created big waves that even Godzilla would be impressed with.
Its with the same stunned facial expressions that people watched a friend and I try to navigate ourselves around Mariinskiy Park on rollerskates last Sunday afternoon. There are many great indoor and outdoor places for skating, which avoid the pothole-filled roads. Here is a guide to the best of them.

Outdoor Arenas
Mariinskiy Park (Hrushevskoho, M Arsenalna)
This is a calm and picturesque park to skate in, not far from the centre. The best place to practice is on the smooth asphalt alongside the Dynamo stadium and the theatre. Skate rental is possible although the quality of the equipment is not so good. There are plenty of benches and cafés in the park and nice panoramic views of the left bank and Yanukovychs elegant helicopter pad. The park lighting gives you the opportunity to ride in the late evening and dont forgot to put some money in the frog sculpture on your way round it could make you rich...apparently...
Hours and prices:
Hours tend to vary, 30min 40hrv, one hour 60hrv

Skate Rental (Roller Club) at Olimpiysky Stadium (V Vasylkivska 55, M Olimpiysky), 063- 066 -3232
Renovated just before Euro 2012, this is an ideal place to skate. In fact, some say this is where skating first became popular in Kyiv. Part of the 740 metre Alley of Health ring has a slight incline and even when its raining, the smooth granite surface remains relatively dry. Here, youll be away from cars, crowds of people and those homeless dogs, which tend chase after you. At the Roller Club, you can rent skates, hire an instructor and even look around Ukraines first skating museum. There are toilets, changing rooms and cafés nearby.
Hours and prices:
Everyday: 09.00 20.00, one hour 40hrv

KPI Pedestrian Area (Peremohy Pr 37, M Politekhnichniy Instytut), 093- 008 - 8920
This seems to be one the most popular places to skate. This 1 kilometre stretch of asphalt within the university grounds is in relatively good condition with only several cracks to avoid. The alley is lined with benches, trees and many lampposts to reach for if you need to stop quickly! The rental skates available here appear to be in good condition and relatively new compared to other outdoor venues. Anton Romaniuk, an instructor here says, Ive been skating for six years and this is one place people come to time and time again.
Hours and prices (unless its raining):
Weekdays 16.00 22.30, Weekends 11.00 23.00
30min 40hrv, one hour 60hrv

Expocenter of Ukraine (Akademika Hlushkova 1, M Vystavkovyi Tsentr)
Skate within the large grounds of this impressive Soviet-era complex. Although most of the asphalt is cracked or uneven, there are several areas near the entrance where you can practice. Entrance into the grounds is free, and after skating there are kiosks and coffee vans for refreshments, exhibitions to see or just places to sit down and rest.
Hours and prices:
Hours tend to vary
One hour 40hrv

Other outdoor areas in Kyiv
At the weekends, people sometimes gather on Khreshchatyk to skate among the pedestrians. The central location and street width are ideal although the coarse-grained asphalt makes it more difficult to skate on. The Auchan car park in Petriva is another good place because of its size. Its best to visit during the weekday or in the evening as weekends can be busy and you dont want to be hitting anyones Mercedes-Benz now! The Gavan skate park, located under Novyi Havanskyi Bridge near Kontraktova Ploscha is a relatively new project where skaters, BMXers and skateboarders can come together to practice tricks on the ramps, railings and stairs. One visit here costs 20hrv.

Indoor Arenas
Dream Town (3rd floor, Obolonskiy Avenue 1b, M Obolon/Minska), 050 -387-8885
Here, it doesnt matter if you have skills of the Ukrainian national team or Mr Bean. Opened just under four years ago, this rink is spread over two levels. The first level is for general skating and directly above, there is a special track with an incline for speed skating. Part of the total area is split into different zones just for skaters at a particular level to practice. The interior is bright with cartoons on the wall and the quality floor coating gives a good grip, although you can still perform slides. There is a small locker room on site and plenty of places nearby to eat and drink.
Hours and prices:
Weekdays (except Tuesdays): 15.00 21.00, 55hrv
Weekends and holidays: 09.00 21.00, 60hrv

Karavan Shopping Center (Lugova 12, M Obolon/Minska), 461-8205
This is a slightly less crowded alternative if you want a break from shopping or the kids. At the time of writing, it was closed for renovation. Previously though, it had a skate park feel with ramps and other equipment for those who want to try some tricks. One downside is that the flat surface here is different which means it might hurt more if you fall. The centre has plenty of places to eat and drink with ample parking space.
Hours and prices:
Everyday: 10.00 22.00
Free with your own skates, 35hrv including skate hire (before renovation)

Blockbuster Entertainment Centre (Moskovskiy Pr 34b, M Petrivka), 499 - 8373
Here, you dont need to worry if you find it difficult to stop in rollerskates: the rink covers an area of 900 square metres, equivalent to 150 parked cars! It also has a special surface, good for those prone to the occasional crash although some say this makes it more slippery. This centre is very family-orientated with other facilities including a cinema, bowling and other rides nearby. Theres a good view of the rink from the edge and inside, and plenty of lockers to store your belongings.
Hours and prices:
Weekdays: 12.00 22.00 (until 23.00 on Friday), 50hrv including skate rental, 30hrv without
Weekends: 10.00 23.00, 60hrv including skate rental, 40hrv without

by Tom Bell

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