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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.


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25 (2008)/2008
4 July - 10 July

Celebrate American Independence day with the annual ACC picnic at Spartak

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Blogger Masalab in Bikini Wows Vietnam! - Whats Up?

Ukraine has a new female wordsmith to rival Lesia Ukrainka, as charming Miss Ukraine Eleonora Masalab (interviewed in a recent issue of Whats On) is writing a blog from the Miss Universe competition in Vietnam. The blog postings are reports from the depths of the pageant inferno. Anxiety and fear poured over me in the airport as I awaited my flight. I remembered how once in China the organisers of the Miss Model of the World competition didnt meet me and I started to panic. However, the guy who was accompanying her calmed me down by telling funny stories. More: In the airport I met many famous people: Vitaliy Klitschko, Andrey Danilko, Lyubov Uspenskaya and they all sincerely wished me luck!


Ukraine Targeted by Russian Hackers - Whats Up?
Following on from last years massive cyber attack on Estonias computer systems when Russian hackers, purportedly funded by the FSB (the modern equivalent of the KGB), brought the countrys computer systems to its knees in response to the removal of Soviet statues and war memorials, it looks as if those same hackers with the same funding are about to launch a bigger attack covering all the Baltic countries, and this time it will extend to Ukraine.


Real Estate Feels the Global Pinch - Whats Up?
A Global Property Guide survey of housing price indicators is making clear that the real estate boom thats had investors the world over in a tizzy is ending fast and Boomtown Kyiv wont be immune from the new dynamic. Ukraine, the report says, saw its nominal house price growth fall sharply from 79.5 percent for the year to the first quarter of 2007 to 18.2 percent for the year to the first quarter of 2008.


Businessman Proposes for $12,000 - Whats Up?
Who says the Ukrainian money class isnt romantically inclined? Hennadiy Zalesskiy, a wealthy milk-factory owner from Zaporizhya, recently spent a cool $12,000 towards declaring his love to his girlfriend Viktoria. Did he buy her a Kia or a $12,000 rock, or hire Pilip Kirkorov to sing at her birthday party? No he didnt, and thats why Zalesskiy wins the Most Romantic Ukrainian Milk-Factory Owner honour for June. What he did was pay for the Zaporizhya Youth Theatre to stage Edmond Rostands love-drenched play Les Romanesques.


Surrogate Mothers in the French News - Whats Up?
The French newspaper Le Figaro last week ran a big story about one of the more ambiguous developments in Ukraine: the surrogate mother phenomenon, where local women hire themselves out to have babies for barren Western couples. The French report makes clear that Ukraine is fertile territory, so to speak, for surrogate mothers, and that an industry exists for selling newborn children to French, German, Belgian, and other couples.


Bring Your Hankies to Eros - Coming Soon

Eros Ramazzotti in concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 15 October at 19.30
Dont forget your handkerchiefs when you attend an Eros Ramazzotti concert. This Italian heartthrob, one of the biggest Italian singers ever, is internationally known for his songs Quanto Amore Sei, Ancora un Minuto di Sole, Piu Che Poi and others that have made a million girls slobber with tears. Hes sung with Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Cher, and Luciano Pavarotti. Hes big. Tickets cost 250-5000hrv.


Five Years of Another Ukrainian Rock-Pop Festival - Coming Soon

Gnizdo festival, Kyivskiy region, Bila Tserkva village, Sykhiy Yar (auto market), 19-20 July

The Gnizdo music festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, and the organisers are going all out to make it something special. This pop-rock festival is held within a stones throw of Kyiv, which makes it a great option for a weekend trip. All the best-known Ukrainian bands and acts will be playing this year including Lama, Skryabin, Tartak, Druga Rika, Quarpa and many more. Its easy to get to the place by bus or car, and if the weathers good, take your tent and stay over.


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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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