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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 Celebrities

Happy New Year from..

...a star-studded Kyiv, who want to wish one and all a Happy New Year and Merry Ukrainian Christmas! This last year has been one of chaos, exhilaration and uncertainty, but fear not 2014 is just around the corner. Along with all of us here at Whats On, some of the countrys most recognised personalities want to wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Natasha Gordienko
Not unlike a number of musicians, I will be ringing in the New Year hard at work, with one show already booked. I have been dreaming of learning to ski and so after all of the celebrations will be going on to a ski resort, in Georgia perhaps.

Oleh Sobchuk
Frontman, SKAI
As per usual, we will mix the pleasant with the constructive and will be working this year. We will definitely take a break once all the champagne has been drunk, hopefully somewhere warm with our families. I believe New Year and Christmas are filled with good energy, magic, and mystery, and it is my wish that everyone feels this energy throughout the holiday season. To good health and good moods!

Denys Matvienko
Ballet dancer
This will be my daughter Lizas first New Years Eve, so I plan to have a nice evening together at home with my family. Well decorate the Christmas tree together and take a lot of photos no doubt. My wife Nastya and I are both artists in high demand, so our winter holidays always include work. Already, I have four Nutcracker ballets scheduled at the Mykhalivskiy Theatre in St Petersburg I really enjoy spreading the magic of the holidays from on stage. Dancers works at creating fairytales everyday, and if we didnt believe in magic we wouldnt be able to work. And so, I hope the magic of New Year will accompany you always, bringing you many happy moments.

Andriy Kishe
Im planning to make these winter holidays unforgettable, most especially because Ill be teaching my daughter to ski in Bukovel. I would like to believe in the magic of Christmas, but in reality I am quite sure the best magic is that which we create ourselves. As such, Id like to wish everyone prosperity, health and peace. The best thing you could do this New Years Eve is wish someone something that comes from your heart.

Héctor Jiménez-Bravo
STB Channel TV host and chef
They say you spend the whole year exactly the way you meet it. I have nothing against this philosophy as I have just opened my own Culinary Academy where my professional team of chefs and I will be offering cooking courses, and so, I will be working this holiday season. However, if Im lucky this New Years Eve, I will most likely fly to sunny Dubai with my girlfriend. My wish at midnight will be to spend the whole year happy with those dearest close-by. My wish for all Whats On readers is that youre able to look past the horizon, and accept the lessons life has prepared for you, never stop achieving, keep learning and look for your life. My journey into gastronomy was a long one, and I ask that you not give up should something go wrong. Everything will be just the way you want it!

Singer/social activist
My New Year celebration will depend on the situation in the country. If Maidan is standing Ill be standing there with the people. If we win, I will celebrate New Year and Christmas on the stage together with my closest relatives and friends. I sincerely wish our victory to be the best present for the New Year. I truly believe in New Year magic as these holidays are filled with a special energy and everyone walks around in a sublime mood throughout December and January. That belief in magic and fairytales comes even to grownups. I wish everyone patience! I wish for change, for the better, in a new Ukraine next year. I wish for more happy, healthy, smart and talented Ukrainian boys and girls born in 2014! And finally, I wish for peace.

Anastasia Ivanova
I plan to celebrate New Year in Dubai, after which Ill head to the slopes of Switzerland. Though I learned how to ski only a few years ago, I adore this sport! Conquering new heights thats what Im all about! I think the winter holidays are a magical time of positivity, with everyone wishing their friends and family well in the coming year. Always remember we create our own fates, and everything that happens to us good or bad, is the result of the way we have lived our life, including our thoughts and attitudes toward others. Which is why I want to wish everyone a positive and magical New Years Eve, with lots of smiles and gifts!

Yulia Sanina
Singer, The Hardkiss
We are headed to Odesa for a gig this New Year, after which we will all be taking a little vacation Im planning on being in Lviv on 7 January. New Year and Christmas are my favourite holidays. However, considering my age, I have to create miracles for myself, so every The Hardkiss concert is like a little magical event for me. My wish for everyone this year is that you believe in you own powers, because only when you believe can your dreams come true. And, as a band, we would like to dedicate this New Years Eve to love and tenderness.

As many other artists, I will be spending the first half of my winter holidays working, but Im hoping to escape in the second half! New Year holidays are a great reason to remind yourself that dreams really do come true. My wish for all of Kyiv is that you are stronger, kinder, that you give the appropriate response to those witless individuals in your life, that you love tolerant people and cultivate tolerance in yourself and others.

Sergey Lazarev
As Im usually hard at work on New Years Eve, I like spending the first of January with my family celebrating this holiday. Im not a child anymore so I dont really believe theres some sort of magic about this period, however I do believe in the festive atmosphere that ensues, when you are surrounded with kindness. Id like to wish everyone kindness, that you think not only of yourself, that you smile more and do not lose heart!

Valeriy Kharchyshyn
Frontman, Druha Rika
We are booked to play in Truskavets this 31 December, which is a typical New Years Eve for us. This year, our winter vacation really depends on the situation in the country. I still believe in miracles, which is why they continue to happen to me independently of the season. But, of course, I recognised them more when I was a child, especially on Christmas Eve! Faith is a powerful tool for making all your wishes come true. My wish is that everyone uses their time wisely and that you have enough of it than you can live your life to the utmost. Your biggest problems arise when you have nothing to do!

Simon Smith
British Ambassador
This year I will be celebrating the start of 2014 with three generations of the family: my Mum and Dad, my wife and my two daughters. We will definitely be singing a lot of Christmas carols (and my younger daughter and I will be making a lot of noise on our collection of various brass instruments!) Its also a family tradition to enjoy Christmas quizzes and crosswords. But mainly we will just enjoy lots of conversation, jokes and anecdotes (even the ones my Mum tells, which weve heard a million times before!)
I am not such a great believer in making New Years Resolutions at least if that means things like giving up smoking (which I dont anyway) or giving up being argumentative (which I cant). But I do think its a good time to think about what you can do better in the coming year, and how you can be nicer and kinder to people.
The turn of the year 2013/14 is going to be a tough and worrying time for a lot of Ukrainians. My wishes for my Ukrainian friends are that they should keep hope and confidence in the better future that they deserve.

by Vadym Mishkoriz

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    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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