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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.


What's On Archive 26

14 July - 20 July

Whats Up?
This Week
Kyiv Life
Summer Highlights
Going out

Ukrainians High on Schengen Visa Refusal List - Whats Up?
A shocking survey has revealed that the good people of Ukraine and Moldova have the same chance of getting a Schengen visas from consulates of European UNI0N countries despite vast gaps in the economic prosperity of the two countries. The survey, which was carried out at the end of 2005 at EU consulates in Kyiv, Chisinau, Minsk and Moscow, revealed that Russian citizens have the best chance of being allowed to legally visit those countries in the Schengen zone, while those from Belarus have the worst. Experts cite long queues, time-consuming procedure, and visa costs as being only slight burdens, the real problem lying with interaction between citizens and consulate staff.


Demographic Crisis May Force School Closure - Whats Up?
The birds and the bees may well be in playful mood during the summer, but Ukraine`s demographic crises may result in the closure of 80 schools across the country according to the Ministry of Education and Science.


French Film Legend Snubs Ukraine for Russia - Whats Up?
Flabby French film star Gerard Depardieu has pulled out of starring in a Ukrainian motion picture in favour of appearing in a Russian TV miniseries. The larger-than-life Gallic actor announced at the Moscow Cinema Festival that he was pulling out of the adaptation of Gogols "Taras Bulba", claiming that the project was simply too large for him to take on.


Polish Bosses Beg Migrants to Return - Whats Up?
The mass exodus of Polish workers to the UK has lead to top Polish governments calling on their government to do something in order to avert a potentially catastrophic labour shortage. More than half a million Poles, ranging from qualified doctors to handymen, have moved to Britain since Poland joined the European UNI0N two years , fleeing an unemployment rate of 18 percent, the highest of the 25-nation bloc. This mass migration however has left the Polish labour market chronically undermanned in some spheres, with even multinational giants such as Siemens unable to attract qualified recruits.


Gydropark to Become Residential Area? - Whats Up?
Rumours are currently circulating around the Ukrainian capital concerning the future of urban oasis and rough and ready pleasure paradise Gydropark. Itâ?s being reported that 2 hectares of the siteâ?s total 20.5 hectares have been sold off to an as yet unnamed property developer planning to build a series of country houses.


UNESCO Could Withdraw Lviv's Status - Whats Up?
Chaotic construction works taking place in the heart of historic Lviv could lead to UNESCO withdrawing the downtown area's "listed" status. Areas such as Rinok Square, Cathedralna Square, and Ruska Street currently have UNESCO World Heritage Status, which in theory prevents the erection of new buildings with only essential renovation being permitted.


Mayor Son in Odessa Shootout Allegation - Whats Up?
Top Odessa nightclub Ibiza was allegedly the scene of a Wild West style shootout involving the son of Kyiv mayor Leonid Cherevitsky. Itâ?s believed that friends and bodyguards of Stepan Chernivitsky engaged in a spot of post-cocktail fisticuffs before guns were drawn and, in classic Yosemite Sam fashion, bullets fired at the ceiling. The club initially contacted the militsia but have since denied that the event taking place, which seems somewhat at odds with a police statement which said that an investigation is now underway.


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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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