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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.


VIP Tourism

Five Reasons to Love Odessa, by Slava from NeAngely

The vivacious red-headed half of the newly hot girl-group NeAngely, Slava has seen her career take off recently as the perky girls have climbed to the top of the Slav-pop heap. Theyve got not only a handful of video hits to their credit, but also a Playboy spread that jumped off newsstand shelves. Here the Odessa native sits down with Whats On to talk about the charms of her beloved southern port hometown.

1. Odessa is Everyones Hometown
My whole childhood was spent in Odessa, and every time I come back here Im reminded of those days. The narrow streets and unique architecture make Odessa different from the typical Ukrainian city. Ethnic Ukrainian foods like borsch and salo are popular, of course, but there are also other sorts of venues you can feel comfortable in. I like the Kazanova restaurant: its one of my favourites, and has something for everyone. As a singer I love the karaoke at Kazanova its famous throughout the city. We sing there sometimes, which is good for their business the number of customers is rising pretty fast. Also, anyone who visits Odessa will be surprised by the citys hectic pace, which sweeps you right up into it. People born in Odessa are a little different from other people its like the city gives you a positive attitude about life.

2. Odessa People are the Worlds Funniest
Its no accident that the Yumorina festival was born in Odessa theres something special in the air here that made that happen. Everybodys eager to have a good time, so more and more comedy festivals are popping up every year. These sorts of things dont make money, but they do make people happy and let them relax. As the saying goes, A laughing person lives longer. When I come back to my hometown I always try to make time to catch events like that - they give me the energy to keep on going. I believe that when a person thinks in a positive way, he or she attracts positive people, and life gets better and more interesting. The positive attitude Odessans are famous for, however, can have a dark side it can hide a certain amount of cunning. But I just accept that as part of Odessas local colour.

3. Its a Self-Sufficient City
Odessa is at the crossroads between the Ukrainian capital and Crimea, so theres a lot of intermixing of cultures. Its not as conservative as Kyiv, but not as easygoing or relaxing as Crimea, either. Its Ukraines heart, beating in rhythm with mine. The citys a lot of fun for foreigners, because its a historical focal point. Odessas catacombs, where Red Army soldiers hid out in WWII, or the tour you can take of the Gangsters Odessa, are great things. Even as a native daughter of Odessa, Im still impressed by its beaches, which look like Greek ones, and by all those gorgeous places that are so close to my heart.

 4. Its a Paradise for the Fashion-Conscious
Odessa is a port town, so you can find almost everything you want here. Its famous for its boutiques, where you can buy all sorts of exclusive stuff, from yellow boots to multi-coloured rocking-chairs. I think Odessa is even more fashion-forward than Kyiv is, and I always bring a lot of stuff back from any visits there. The jewelry is also wonderful, and the art will satisfy the most demanding tastes.

5. Odessa is a Sea
But not the Black one this time! Odessa is a sea of emotions, laughter, interesting people, adventure, sun, music, and talents. You can look at it from different angles and see different moods and different styles. Some of the most famous people from Ukraine have Odessan origins, and Im proud of that. Being from Odessa means I have twice as much responsibility on my shoulders as most people do, because I want to maintain the citys image as a place that produces gifted people.

 Anastasiya Skorina

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Ulf Kjell | 26.03.2008 16:27

Black/North SEAS, the european intercultural festival project will world launch in Odessa on 24 may 2008.
The festival performs in the city for a week, before moving south/west down the Black Sea.
Visit http://seas.se

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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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