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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.



Face of Kyiv 2013

Age: 3-years-old
Occupation: Housecat
About Markiza: Im a Siberian Forest cat, also known as Neva Masquerade breed. I have a strong character, but Im a kind, fluffy, and faithful animal. I love my owners, think much of their care, but from time to time I show them who is boss. Im playful and active, and like a bit of physical activity. Also Im friendly, but being by myself is also not a problem. I come only if you call kitty-kitty!

Age: 2.5-years-old
Occupation: being smart (not as easy as it may look at first)
Theodoras story: I came to Kyiv on an airplane when I was little, though I was born in the land famous for medieval castles and Golem...and more importantly absinthe and beer. Museums and rock shows devour my days. Art and music is what encompasses all things in my life. You will ask me if music and art will save the world? No, they wont, unless the techniques of branding, design, marketing are used to popularise an idea that can change the world.

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Entry by email to editor@whatson-kiev.com. Emails should contain the words Cover Model competition in the subject line of the email. Send at least 1 megabyte colour photos (b/w will not be accepted), along with the following information: name, age, occupation, and a little information about you in English only!

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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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