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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.


Special Feature

What's On Is Taking a Break!

Dear readers, advertisers, partners, and friends,

These last few months have been extremely difficult on many levels. Throughout this, we at Whats On have done our best to keep people informed and analyse what has been happening while at the same time deliver for you, every week, what is the Kyiv communitys magazine. However, one way in which things have been extremely difficult of late is in the business environment, and this is a reality no one can ignore.
Over the last few months, as things have worsened, so have our revenues due to losses in advertising. It is for this reason we have to announce that this issue of Whats On is going to be the last, for what we hope is a short while. We want to stress, we are not closing. We have always firmly believed in Whats Ons importance to the community, and after a brief pause we intend to bring Whats On back to continue being the publication that the people of Kyiv have loved reading for 16 years.
During this pause we will be communicating with you all, to find out what kind of Whats On you want to see when we return. What have we done wrong? What have we done right? Why is Whats On important to you? Please let us know by e-mail (write to feedback@panpublishing.com) we promise to read and consider every one of your comments and take them on board as we plan to come back. Importantly, we will be communicating with those who in fact pay for the magazine, the advertisers, to find out what they want and need from us too.
PAN Publishing has owned Whats On for the last five and a half years, and it truly has been an honour and a pleasure. We look forward to when we can bring your magazine back to you. That said, should someone else decide that they would like to purchase the title from us, take it forward in their own direction, and have the pleasure of owning this title, we are prepared to listen to sensible offers. You can use the same e-mail address to contact us on this question.
Its time for a new direction, whether thats with Whats On under our ownership or otherwise. Its time for a new direction for Ukraine. We see great things ahead now, a brief pause to take stock of our surroundings is necessary, to analyse our situation, to see what people want, and to act on that, delivering something even better for Whats On, for Ukraine, for everyone.
Slava. Slava. Slava.

Paul, Neil and Lana

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Stephen from New York City | 06.10.2014 05:47

Dear Whats On.

I was in Kiev 2 years ago, and now I am happily married to a women from Ukraine with a daughter. I was looking you up today to seek information on advertising in your magazine, since my wife and I started our company based on our real life experience.

Your magazine was a great help to me when I first arrived and today I am sad you will be \\\\\\\'on a break\\\\\\\'. If you do ever come back, contact me as I would like to place an ad to help get the magazine back on track.

Kind regards
Stephen Pellicano

Yuri | 19.03.2014 09:28

Sad to hear but it is true. People are following politics more than entertainment news. On the other hand you can always be in revolution/miitary state. I am sure the time will come when people will look for What\\\'s On kind of magazine and lets hope they find it.
Thanks for your hard work all this time.
See you soon.
Or sooner ))

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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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    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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