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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.


Kyiv Culture

Bear With Us

The Teddy Bear is said to have simultaneously appeared in Germany and the US in the early 20th century. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the teddy bear became an iconic childrens toy that features prominently every Christmas. As that day rapidly approaches, Kyiv Teddy Bear shop owner and organiser of exhibition Teddy Land Olena Kravchenko invites one and all to celebrate our furry friends. Promising an event featuring all thing teddy bear, including accessories, a fair, workshops and various other family activities, Whats On delves deep into the woods where the bears are.

Cute And Cuddly
The first shop dedicated solely to the teddy bear appeared in the capital five years ago when Olena Kravchenkos love for teddy bears translated into business Kyivskiy Vedmedyk, or Kyiv Teddy Bear shop. Her inspiration came from an old man in an Austrian town who was sewing clothes for teddy bears in a small themed shop. Now Kravchenko juggles her work in an advertising company with presiding over her land of bears in Kyivs city centre: The majority of teddy bears are unique, made by artists. It is not a faceless or soulless shop.
Kyiv Teddy Bear shop stocks about 1,000 teddy bears but among them one is very special their mascot Grygoriy who stands at the door luring people into the store. In summer, he sits in a vyshyvanka and jeans, while in colder seasons children visiting the shop ask that Grygoriy be dressed in warmer clothes. As well as stocking all things bear related, Kravchenko also runs a teddy bear hospital where worse-for-wear bears can be nursed back to health.
The idea of taking her bears for an outing in the form of an exhibition came to Kravchenko three years ago, and since then it has grown year-on-year. This year, it will take place in Mystetskiy Arsenal, where the theme of the exhibition is Legendary Teddy Bears. Visitors will get acquainted with BBC charity mascot Pudsey, book favourites Winnie-the-Pooh and Paddington, Moscow Olympic mascot Misha and more, Kravchenko says. For Ukrainian people, some of the teddy bear characters will be new, but thats the idea to inform people. We want to show that a teddy bear is not simply a toy lying on a bed. Teddy-bears can have a special mission.
The expo also has a charitable objective donations are taken and an auction is held with all money going to the National Cancer Institute to help children with the disease. Ukrainian celebrities such as singers Iryna Bilyk, Alyona Vinnytska, Ruslana, journalist Andriy Kulikov, choreographer Olena Koliadenko and many others have donated bears to the auction. So come along and celebrate the perennial childrens favourite.

Teddy Land
13 15 December
Tickets: 50hrv adults, free children under 7, 120hrv family admission, 30hrv students, seniors and all who come with bear in hand
Mystetsky Arsenal (Lavrska 10 -12), 288-5225

Olga German

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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.

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    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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