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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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2 October - 8 October
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The KievFotoCom festival brings the work of the worlds top photographers to various venues across the city

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From the Editor (36) - Editorial
At times over the last several years in this city Ive gotten the sense that Ukraines been living through its own version of that vacation from history that, conventional wisdom has it, the US lived through starting when the USSR fell apart and ending when things got exciting real fast on 11 September, 2001. Sure, there have been ups and downs since the Orange Revolution, but they mostly had to do with infighting between Ukraines political clans and were easy to ignore. All the other data seemed to indicate that Ukraine was headed toward more and more stability and wealth, and was just going to become more and more western. FDI was flowing in, the Russians were weak, a booming middle class was buying up cars and other middle-class toys, reforms were on the way and the countrys leaders had the West thinking they knew what they were doing.


Ukraine Gets Euro 2012 Reprieve - Whats Up?
Weve been spouting in these pages for months now about how close Ukraine was coming to losing the right to host the 2012 European football championships in partnership with Poland, and at least once we even declared the whole deal to be virtually off the organisers had blown it and an announcement to that effect was forthcoming, we confidently declared. So much for our Nostradamus-like powers. As of this week, it seems, Ukraine and Poland are still on, having gotten a passing if barely passing mark on their preparation efforts from the UEFA men in charge.


Poll: Russians Dislike Ukraine - Whats Up?
Like spurned suitors, Russians have bitter feelings toward Ukraine, according to a new poll that indicates that 52.6 percent of them have negative feelings toward the country. The poll, conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and Russias Levada Sociological Centre, also determined that only 8.9 percent of Ukrainians have negative feelings toward that big country up north. But its all a little more complicated than that. Compared with this past April, the number of Ukrainians who harbour extremely nice thoughts about Russia fell from 47.3 percent to 42.8 percent, while the number of those who in general are positively inclined toward Russia grew from 40.7 percent to 44.9 percent.


Credit Gets Tougher to Get - Whats Up?
In the sort of self-correcting move that American lending institutions never managed to pull off with the result that the US is now facing a cataclysmic financial crisis Ukrainian banks have been quietly tightening the reins on their lending practices. In recent years Ukraine turned into Easy Credit Central, with banks offering zero-down loans to citizens (or rather consumers) so that they could buy flat-screen televisions, microwave ovens, videogame rigs, Estonian furniture, karaoke systems and most of all cars, cars, cars. Now the days of playing fast and loose are winding down. Banks are demanding higher down payments, for example, and simply rejecting more credit applicants.


Lorak: I Wont Open for Aguilera - Whats Up?
Looks like Ani Lorak wont be inviting Christina Aguilera over for borsch when the American mega-star comes to Kyiv later this month to play Ukraine Palace. Apparently Aguileras handlers insulted Lorak by suggesting that Lorak open up for Aguilera for free, reasoning that just appearing on the same stage as her would be a big honour. Filip Kirkorov, the flamboyant Russian pop singer whos somewhat of Loraks patron, jumped into the fray, saying, Ani Lorak is an artist on such a level that its strange to talk of her working to warm up a crowd for somebody. If Lorak had started her career in the West and sang, say, before Madonna or Barbra Streisand, that would have been prestigious. But in Ukraine Karolina [Loraks real name] will be bigger than the Christina Aguilera whos proposing that she open for her.


Getting a Grip on Sex Tourism in Kyiv - Ukraine Today
Ask a foreign man of a certain type what he knows about Ukraine and you might get various unexpected answers, but theres one predictable one Ukrainian women. Yes, hell say, theyre beautiful and smart, but theyre also easy to get. Hence Kyivs growing reputation as a sex-tourism mecca. Whats On looks into a strange phenomenon.
Besides being the capital of the independent state of Ukraine, Kyivs more and more a capital of prostitution and sex tourism (not to mention pornography), picking up right where other former Eastern Bloc cities like Budapest and Prague left off.


Romanian Popsters Bringing Their Act to Palace Sport - This Week
Morandi, Palace Sport (1 Sportivna Pl.), 7 October at 19.00
Marius and Randi, the two guys from Romania who play under the name Morandi, rented a studio and recorded a catchy little pop song. Little did they know that it would become big, swiftly gaining lots of play on the radio. Their song Love Me became a record-shattering hit that grabbed the top positions on almost every chart all over Europe. Their first, eponymously-titled album was recorded in collaboration with top Romanian musicians and in 2005 the boys won lots of prizes at the MTV Music Awards in Rome. Come do the teenybopper thing.


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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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