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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

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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.


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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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From THE EDITOR (?17) - Editorial

It's nearly 17 years since the collapse of the Soviet UNI0N, but those socialist ideals still raise their heads every now and then. Last week, nearly everyone in the country enjoyed a week off thanks to the government who decided that due to a couple of public holidays, they would declare that the whole week from 24 April until 4 May would be vacation time. Now, I'm not against people getting time off, in fact I'm all for it, but everyone all at the one time? That can't be the best idea. What happens to industry? What happens to commerce? What happens to the good old Ukrainian money making-machine more commonly known as the booming economy? It would appear that as far as the government is concerned it should all come to a grinding halt for a week. And why? Populist vote-grabbing, that's why. I can't think of another reason. Unless, of course, they simply have altruistic wishes of well-being for us all, but somehow that doesn't ring true in this cynical mind of mine so let's forget that as an option. So populist vote-grabbing it is, and as we have often seen before, they don't really seem to think it through when it comes to these tactics - take Yulia's money handout in January that had thousands of pensioners queuing in sub-zero temperatures for hours on end. That wasn't the most cunning of plans, and this time round it's not much better. For example, what happens to all those poor people in the service industries (or all those involved in putting out weekly magazines) who still have to go to work every day watching with envious eyes everyone else relaxing and having fun? And it's not like the time off being granted is free gratis - a few Saturdays will need to be worked to make up for the time lost, and due to the strange government regulations on holiday pay, everyone will end up more than a few kopecks out of pocket. Again, not really the brightest idea in the world, now was it? Having said all that, I'm no roaring capitalist, and despite the poor logic behind last week's impromptu holiday, I hope everyone made the best of it and had a great time away from work for a few days.

Neil Campbell, Editor

Podil Hosts Embroidered Shirt Parade - Picture Perfect

It was a novelty for the Ukrainian capital last week as the first−ever Em− broidered Shirt Parade (or Vyshyvanka Parade, if you want to use the Ukrainian name) took place in the city. The event was organised by VV singer and rock icon Oleg Skrypka (whos been known to appear in public in an embroidered shirt) as part of his Kraina Mriy (Country of Dreams) ethnic festival, one of the big local cultural events on the yearly calendar. The parade started on Andriyivsky Uzviz and descended to the Skovoroda memorial in Podil. No surprise, that, as the Uzviz and Podil are among the more ancient parts of the city, and thus appropriate for an event honouring Ukrainian costume.

Europe Leaders Push Ukraine - Whats Up?

Ukraine's notorious 'borderland' geographical position has always been considered its biggest strategic vulnerability, opening the country up to invasion, exploitation, and other shenanigans by the great powers all around it. But in the contemporary era, sometimes it seems that it's the country's biggest advantage, in that it might make it a lot easier for it to get into the EU.


Film Industry Gets Boost - Whats Up?

Ukraine's fledgling film industry should get a boost given the opening in Kyiv of a representative office of the Russian film production and distribution company Central Partnership, which has been responsible for some of the more high-profile post-Soviet movies, including the two 'Shadowboxing' hits. The Russians' point in opening up down here was to get around having to deal with middlemen (the curse of doing business in this bureaucratised part of the world) and make shooting movies in Ukraine that much easier.


Inflation Good for Left? - Whats Up?

The Centre for Intercultural Cooperation and Communication, a German think tank, is reporting that Ukraine's high inflation could lead to the resurgence of this country's far-left parties. Those forces have seemed an anachronism in the exuberantly market-driven Ukraine of today, but things could change. "The sharp rise in prices for the necessary food products...is creating real electoral perspectives for Ukraine's left-wing forces," said Igor De-mentiev, who heads the Centre's Eastern European programme.


Signs of the Times - Whats Up?

Politicians are calling it a bold initiative for dealing with Kyiv's jumbo traffic dilemma while skeptics are calling it a drop in the ocean compared to the problem it's supposed to solve. But either way, informational traffic signs are on the way to the capital, where they'll hang over major thoroughfares, offering drivers information on what to expect traffic-wise.


Klitschko Hints at Mayoral Choice - Whats Up?

Mayoral candidate and heavyweight boxing champion Vitaliy Klitschko announced last week that the 'pro-democratic' political forces in the current Kyiv mayoral race are close to coming to an agreement to rally around a single unity candidate who will run against controversial current Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky. If so, it could really happen: Kyiv could bid farewell to one of the most eccentric politicians to have made his way through the political scene in a country that has not lacked for colourful public figures. No more 'Cosmos' Chernovetsky for the media and protesting crowds to mock? No more rumours about shady land giveaways and drug use?


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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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