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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.


What's On Archive 33 (2008)

33 (2008)/2008
10 September - 17 September

Rock gods Queen and Paul Rodgers roll into Kharkiv for a massive free concert

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From the Editor (33) - Editorial

Its with a heavy heart I write my last editorial for Whats On magazine. Yes, I am leaving, and that makes me sad because I have loved being part of this magazine. Through being the Editor-in-Chief of Whats On I have learnt a lot about the history and peoples of this nation, been introduced to lots of fantastic people both ex-pats and locals alike attended many a top-level event (and heavily partaken of the free booze on offer), and, most important of all, been present when weve been photographing lots of exceptionally good-looking ladies.


Cheney Visits as Govt Crumbles - Whats Up?

Heres a question: Why is Viktor Yushchenko still a factor on the Ukrainian political scene? The flailing president and long-ago (very long ago) hero of the Orange Revolution has, last we heard, a six percent approval rating among his countrymen. Thats right: a mere six out of 100 Ukrainians think hes doing a good job. For the sake of perspective, consider US President Bush. Hes widely considered the worst president in modern American history and hes the most unpopular president since the advent of modern polling. Yet he still commands the allegiance of a full third of Americans. Hes five times more popular than Yushchenko.


EU Chances Take a Pounding - Whats Up?

Ukraine means borderland for a good reason, as anyone following international affairs will be aware. This countrys ambiguous identity is up for grabs these days to an extent that it hasnt been certainly since the Orange Revolution and, taking the long view, perhaps since the Russian Civil War. Or are we being too dramatic? No matter, its still the case that orange Ukraines passionate desire to define itself as European got a rebuff the other day when last week the EU announced that at the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit the super-state would give Ukraines EU membership aspirations somewhat of the brush-off.


Kyiv Synagogue Celebrates Birthday - Whats Up?

Given the rash of racially- and ethnically-based attacks over the past several years its easy to forget that Ukraine actually has a record to be very proud of when it comes to interethnic relations. Consistent with that, Kyivs Brodsky Central Synagogue last week celebrated its 110th anniversary in an atmosphere of comity and general good cheer. Such luminaries as Yushchenko crony Yevhen Chervonenko and Arsenal football club president Vadim Rabinovich took part in the event outside and within the religious facility on Shota Rustaveli.


Sean Carr Cops Acquitted - Whats Up?

The Interior Ministry officers involved in brutalising Yulia Tymoshenkos British son-in-law in June have been cleared of wrongdoing following an internal investigation. Sean Carr, the motorcycle-riding husband of young Evgenia Tymoshenko, got into a scrape with the officers at an Odessa beach in June. The details remain vague, but the case had something to do with Carr and spouse not being granted access to a Black Sea beach. The police claimed that Carr, the singer for the rock band the Death Valley Screamers, reacted aggressively, prompting them to give him a serious beating. Evgenia Tymoshenko was reportedly roughed up as well.


Getting in Touch With Ukrainian Antiques - Kyiv Culture

The Grand Antique Salon just opened in Kyiv, the first such event in Kyivs history and the history of the Ukrainian antique business. Gathering the most notable collectors in the country, its also attracting attention to the antique scene in this country.
One of my strongest memories from a trip to Krakow is of the numerous small shops selling antique stuff all around that city. I wanted to buy everything a stylish old high-legged chair, a mirror in a bronze frame Finally I bought a nice wooden trunk with leather straps for about 20 zlotys. It might not be valuable, but it certainly has the charm of an old, well-used item. At that time the Hay Market still existed on Vorovskovo here in Kyiv a place where an ordinary person could easily pick up an early Soviet china figurine, a copper coffee pot or relics from World War II.


Germans and Ukrainians Team Up to Present New Music - Coming Soon

European Music Space concert, National Philharmonic (2 Volodymyrsky Uzviz), 21 September at 19.00
The notion of modern classical music is familiar to Europe but not so much to Ukraine, where Social Realism shut everything down for decades. Now Ukraine and Germany are teaming up to present an interesting night at the Philharmonic: the German ensemble Musicfabric will perform a world premier of compositions by modern Ukrainian composers. The Ukrainian ensemble Kyiv Symfonietta, for its part, will perform music by the most notable German composers of the last century.


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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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