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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.



From The Editor (7)

Whats On, Kyivs most popular English-language entertainment magazine (and not just because its Kyivs only English-language entertainment magazine we hope) has some news wed like to share. The magazine will be closing but only for a few short weeks.
Funded by advertisers, Whats On has been unable to procure the funds necessary to warrant its publication considering the current political situation and financial market. It is, however, our plan to be back in business just as soon as the country lands back on its feet, so that we may continue to offer you, dear readers, the best in information, entertainment, and reviews concerning events and venues in Kyiv and beyond.

Though these last months have been difficult for us all, it has been a privilege to provide the English language community with an in-depth look at various aspects of the EuroMaidan revolution, peeling back the layers as a good many of us fought for what was what is right. Though Ukraine has succeeded in ousting the instigator of injustice, there is still much work to be done, and while we wont be sharing the stories of the coming weeks with you in print, we will most certainly be taking part in person.
With this short hiatus away from the weekly fast-paced rush to ensure we include as much quality information as possible, we will be taking this time to take stock, and consider various aspects of the magazine. With aspirations only to improve our product, we would ask that you do the same. Please, tell us what you like, what you dont like, what were missing, and what youd like to see in the future. We are open to ensuring that when we return we will be bigger, better and (if our publisher has anything to do with it) bustier than ever.
Looking back over the last five years under the ownership of PAN Publishing, Whats On has evolved into a magazine the whole team Vadym, Jared, Anna, Alina, Dima, Yana, Artem, Neil, Paul, and myself are very proud of. We hope to continue that evolution with your help, so that the next five years are as equally inspired.
We thank you for picking us up, reading us, and taking us on vacation with you, and look forward to being able to share in your lives once more very soon. Until then, happy trails, and, Slava Ukraini!

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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Yuri | 19.03.2014 09:42

Contractions. That is how I personally see things in Ukraine. Just the pain that makes you believe you are going to die. You are going through the same pain because you are part of the body of Ukraine.
You know what to do!
Keep breathing!!!

Mariya | 12.03.2014 15:51

Please! Come back into the printing world of Ukraine.
You are really the best magazine that shows not only political but a cultural side of Ukraine. Not only English-language people enjoy What\\\\\\\'s On articles. Kiev\\\\\\\'s citizen.

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    Ukraine Truth
    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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