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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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Disney Film gives Boost to Ukrainian Language - Whats Up?
The wonderful world of Disney animation is helping to unite Ukraine in these troubled times, at least according to the people responsible for screening Disney/Pixels latest cartoon blockbuster Cars. The language Ukrainian version, featuring the voices of Olga Sumska and Ostap Stupka, was watched by 15 percent more people than its Russian language counterpart with perhaps the biggest surprise coming out of the supposedly Russian language stronghold of Donetsk, where 16 percent more people chose the Ukrainian version over the Russian. The same was the case in Dnipropetrovsk, where the Ukrainian language film enjoyed a 36 percent lead over the Russian version, though Kyivites and residents of Kharkiv preffered to watch the cartoon in Russian. (Staff Journalists)

Ukrainian Zoologist Has Worlds Largest Horns - Whats Up?
Dnipropetrovsk boffin Valentin Bulahov has come out of the proverbial woodwork claiming that he is in possession of the largest pair of elk antlers in the world. The impressive animal head accessories weigh in an impressive 1 metre 30cms and weigh an incredible 90kgs, stats which the professor of zoology believes must be a world record.


Monument in Honour of Cuddly Cult Soviet Hero - Whats Up?
Cute Soviet cartoon fur-ball Cheburashka will be honoured with a statue in the town which a Russian scientist claims was the birthplace of the cult carton character. Short on friends scientist Sergiy Petrov says that he has carried out extensive research into the origins of the fictional childrens favourite, leading him to the conclusion that Cheburashka did not come from Africa as is commonly believed, but from the town of Ulianovska, which was also the birthplace of Lenin.


UNESCO Threaten to Remove Lavra Status - Whats Up?
Fresh from giving Lvivs local government a firm tongue lashing over continued building in historic areas UNESCO has moved onto the Ukrainian capital itself, threatening to take both Lavra and St. Sophias off its list of World Heritage Sites.


Crane Left in West Ukrainian Building - Whats Up?
Barmy builders in the West Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk mistakenly left a crane behind after completing a six storey building. The building apparatus remains slap back in the middle of the building, and plans to move it have reached a dead end, as to do so would risk the structural integrity of the building itself but also of nearby historic houses, many of which date back to the eighteenth century.


Christianity to be taught in Kyiv Schools? - Whats Up?
The monastic retreat which is todays Kyiv City Administration recently announced plans to but the cross back in the classroom. Vitaliy Zhuravsky, the Dputy Head of the administrations Humanitarian Issues board and a good friend of the most venerable mayor Leonid Chernevitsky, recently declared that as of the start of the new school year, which falls on 1 September, Religious Instruction will be a compulsory subject in all Kyiv schools.


High-Heels Race Takes Place in Russia - Whats Up?
It was a case of on your marks, get set, and totter, when Moscow recently held its first High-Heels Race. A gaggle of leggy ladies got down on their knees and pushed off close to the GUM shopping centre, with 25-year-old Muscovite Sveta taking gold, or rather a shopping voucher worth 100,000 roubles (around $3,500), covering the 80m course in an astonishing 13.52 seconds.


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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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