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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.


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Five Reasons to Love Odessa By Svetlana Loboda

1. Odessa is a party town
I first became acquainted with Odessa many years ago when we went there on tour with the Cappuccino girls. I fell in love with the place as soon as I saw it, and there was something about it that made me relax and take things easy. People often confuse Odessa with Crimea but there is no similarity. Crimea is an overcrowded and frantic resort these days, and it is not as festive as Odessa. The friends I have here are people I met five years ago at a wedding and since then we have become very close. These are the people I party with in this great city.

2. The sincere fun-loving people
I recently took part in the big Fortetsia festival which takes place near Odessa. Unfortunately it was raining and I thought this would spoil the atmosphere of the concert, as it usually would in Kyiv, but I was wrong. The Odessites didnt let a little rain spoil their fun and they enjoyed the performance to the full, dancing and singing even though they were covered in mud. It is the way people are in Odessa: they are open-hearted and sincere, and love having fun. Every time I am on my way to the city I prepare myself for dancing and partying, and I am always right to do so!

3. You will fall in love in Odessa
When I was younger I used to fall in love every time I came to Odessa. I realised then that this city has a magical impact on me and makes me open my heart to new experiences, and new men. When there, I seemed to be able to shirk off all my Kyiv fuss, surrender myself to the feelings and allow myself to enter into a relationship with someone. Of course, all these love affairs didnt last long, but thats ok as I think the experience helped me grow up. I dont involve myself in such childish things anymore. I have plenty going on to keep myself occupied, and I dont have the time for such romances these days. But the love influence is strong in Odessa and my friends are constantly falling in love with Odessites.

4. Odessa people are so laid back
Odessites have much in common with the Spanish and Italians who live life at night and have a midday siesta when they take some time out to relax on the beach or sleep for an hour or two at home. People in Odessa have a similar relaxed view on life, but with a slight twist. Here people dont get out of bed til around 11.00 a.m. and arrive at work around 1.00 p.m.. It often makes me very jealous because such a way of life is impossible in Kyiv. Most of all I envy Odessa women who always have plenty of time to spend on their appearance and therefore are always well-groomed and beautiful.

5. Odessa is unique in every way
There are three resort areas to choose from in Odessa region Belgorod-Dniestrovsky, Karolina Bugas and Odessa itself each with its own special atmosphere. There are also a huge variety of beaches to choose from. My favourite is Ostrov Sokrovisch (Treasury Island) because it is not so commercialised and therefore not so overcrowded. As well as the beaches and resorts, the city has a huge amount of history which is reflected in the architecture and culture. I love to spend time exploring the places of historical and cultural importance as I feel it gives me a way of linking the past with the future and at the same time allowing me to compare different cultures and perceptions of the world. I have to confess, I am in love with Odessa, and I return here as often as I can. Whenever I want to feel carefree and at peace with the world I will visit my parents in Irpen (Kyiv region), or I will come to Odessa.

 Anastasiya Skorina

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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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