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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.


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Out With the Old

The New Year is upon us and maybe youve already planned how to farewell 2013 and welcome 2014. However if youre at a loose end this New Years Eve, Whats On has prepared a short list of a few hot-ticket parties you might want to consider heading to on the most popular night of the year.

Cosmopolite Hotel
Enjoy a New Years Eve 2014 dinner at Cosmopolite Bavarian restaurant with live music bands, contests and unique gifts from 100 Euro (1,135hrv) per person. For those who decide to stay in the hotel for the night, a special rate for accommodation is offered such as 79 Euro (894hrv) with early check-in and late check-out.
Vadyma Hetmana 6, 205-3520

Fashion Café Marokana
A delicious meal and great entertainment awaits guests of Marokana restaurant on 31 December. Pop starlet Masha Sobko will perform her hits that chart the highs and lows of that most volatile human emotion love. Later in the night, DJs will take the stage coaxing everyone to dance. If you are interested, be prepared to fork out 1,000hrv for the special menu.
Lesi Ukrainky 24, 254-4999

Intercontinental Kyiv
Intercontinental Kyiv is going big with celebrations this year as two of the hotels restaurants prepare to welcome New Year revellers. Comme Il Faut will be celebrating in French style starting from 22.00, offering a five course set menu and a bottle of Veuve cliquot for 2,400hrv. The wining and dining will be accompanied with some live music and a lottery conducted during the evening. B-Hush will go Asian this year, offering a New Years buffet and a welcome bottle of Mumm Champagne for 2,800hrv. Live music and DJ sets are also scheduled to entertain guests.
Velyka Zhytomyrska 2a, 219-1919

Decadence House
As usual, Decadence House will be celebrating New Year with a bumper party hosting Danish DJ Pete Oak, who will be supported with sets from Ukrainian colleagues DJs Artur and A. Fleming. The Decadence Show Girls will heat things up a bit with a visual performance of Burlesque. Tickets for the entertainment part will cost 150hrv for ladies and 300hrv for gents. In addition to the dancing the venue offers you the chance to sit a spell by booking a table for 2,000hrv per person along with a menu packed with drinks and snacks being served all night.
Baseina 2a, 466-2013

New Year celebrations in Skybar this year will feature the scandalous trio Nikita headed by Playboy Playmate Dasha Astafieva. Hosted by Yuriy Klyatskin the party promises to be outstanding. The terrace of Skybar will be transformed into a Ukrainian village with features such as the Chinese astrological symbol of the year a horse and traditional Ukrainian horilka and salo. Entertainment indoors also promises to be first class thanks to DJs Rockstar and Kovalevsky who will play immediately after Nikita leaves the stage.
Velyka Vasylkivska 5, 223-8888

Vodka Bar
Vodka Bar plans to celebrate the most anticipated holiday of the year by gathering the sexiest Snihurochkas of Kyiv to dance all night. Guests will also be entertained by sets from DJs SamAnto, PinkCream, A-Bass and FunkyFinger. The man at the microphone Fironkey will be on hand to keep spirits high and those who come before the strike of midnight will receive a present from Did Moroz. Admission is 100hrv only but table deposits start from 300hrv per person and run up to 8,000hrv in the VIP zone.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Globus Mall, 2nd line, 371-1102

A theatrical ball a la The Great Gatsby is planned for celebrations of New Year in DLux. The whole complex will be transformed into an American mansion of the Roaring 20s and 30s. Starting from 21.00, more than 30 dancers and choreographers from all over Ukraine create an atmosphere worthy of a Busby Berkeley musical. Freedom ballet has prepared a special performance for the public as has Burlesque ballet and DLuxs own Angels. Singer Roman Polonskiy and other participants of the selection round for Eurovision 2014 will sing throughout the night. So buy a ticket and prepare your costume. Admission for ladies is 200hrv, while men will have to part with 400hrv.
Hrushevskoho 3, 200-9009

Pravda Bar
On 31 December at 20.00, Kyivs InterNations community will celebrate New Year with their friends in Pravda Bar. The business community will mix business networking with pleasure, but given the festive nature of the event it will most likely be more of the latter. Be ready to take part in exciting contests for amazing prizes, and share the laughs! Food and drinks are provided for 1,007hrv for members and 1,107hrv for non-members.
Druzhby Narodiv 5, 067-360-5588

Boccaccio Ristorante
On 13 December at 22.00, New Year celebrations will kick off in Boccaccio Ristorante. Hunky heartthrob singer Vasyl Bondarchuk will croon in the New Year for guests as they chow down on a special dinner prepared especially for the event by the chef. Guests will also receive a little present courtesy of the venue. To be part of the celebrations will cost 1,000hrv per person.
Mechnikova 2, 377-5545

Kozatskiy Stan
The Hotel complex Kozatskiy Stan invites guests to share New Year celebrations at their Trojan Horse party on 31 December from 22.00, and promise it will be a lot more fun than the original was for the citizens of Troy. The party will be hosted by Anton Kholkin and Volodymyr Kovalev, with special guest hosts Did Moroz and Snihuronka. Show ballet Vatan will teach you how to dance to the live music provided by the El Greco band. To partake of the party will cost you 1,400hrv, however the hotel offers a 30% discount for accommodation and a festive breakfast for guests.
Boryspilske Highway, 16km, 585-1175

More New Year Parties for 31 December
Luxury Circus Night: DJs Ira Champion, Dima Matrosov
Time: 22.00
Admission: L200hrv, G300hrv
Indigo Project (Kudryashova 3)

Na Konya Party
Time: 21.00
Admission: 700hrv
Caribbean Club (S Petlyury 4)

Dance Kingdom: DJs Spartaque, HousePunks, Anna Lee
Time: 22.00
Admission: L170hrv, G200hrv
Forsage (Harmatna 51a)

New Year Party: Via PPS, DJs Spieler, Horsy
Time: 22.00
Admission: L160hrv, G180hrv
Saxon (Trutenko 4)

New Year Party: DJ Week
Time: 22.00
Admission: 100900hrv
Arena Beer House (Baseina 2a)

Great New Year Party: DJ Ira Champion
Time: 22.00
Admission: 1,800hrv
Lavra (Mazepy 17)

Clubslife New Year: DJs Ost & Meyer, Ivan Fresh, Nickolas Grace
Time: 22.00
Admission: 800900hrv
Home (Perova 2)

Opera Craziness: Dakh Daughters, Iya, Cepasa
Time: 22.00
Admission: call for details
Angar (Dehtyarivksa 5)

Gatsby New Year 2014
Time: 22.00
Admission: click for details
Franklin (Hlushkova 31a)

RocknYear: Fontaliza
Time: 22.00
Admission: 250400hrv
Art Club 44 (Khreshchatyk 44b)

New Year Party: More Khuana, Tres Deseos
Time: 21.00
Admission: click for details
Dockers ABC (Khreshchatyk-Zankovetskoi 15/4)

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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