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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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Finnish Rocker Returns - Coming Soon
Tarja Turunen in concert, Culture Centre of National Aviation University (1 Kosmovnata Komarova), 3 November at 19.00
Tarja Turunen is best known as the former lead vocalist of the Finnish symphonic/power-metal quintet Nightwish. After the bands world tour in 2005 Tarja left the band to devote herself fully to a solo career. Business has been good for her, as shes managed to tour almost all of Europe by this point in time. Shes here in Kyiv touring on the strength of her 2007 album My Winter Storm.


From the Editor (39) - Editorial
Once the credit crisis hit the West, it was inevitable: the storm was going to hit Ukraine. This is, after all, a pretty highly-leveraged society. Ive certainly been surprised at times seeing how easy credit has been to get here since the boom years kicked in after the Orange Revolution. The borrowing-and-buying phenomenon always seemed contrary to the thrifty, realistic Ukrainian spirit. But who am I to comment? As an American, Im a citizen of the country that has led the way in the dangerous game of living on someone elses (in our case the Chinese governments) money, and that now, as its economy implodes, is taking everybody else down with it. When it comes to financial irresponsibility, Ukrainians dont have anything on us. Theyll get by - Im more worried about us. But as the economic situation here gets tense, with pensioners participating in that most post-Soviet of hobbies, which is queuing up in front of banks, it would be nice to have a functioning national government.


Copter Disaster? Kyivs Next Traffic Problem - Whats Up?
You know how when youre walking around Kyiv these days, you often almost get killed by some rich guys chauffeur, who knows that the fact that hes driving a black Mercedes indemnifies him from the law, even if he runs over somebody? And so he drives on the sidewalk, makes left turns on red, takes shortcuts across park lawns and school playgrounds, and so on? Well, if the Kyiv City Council gets its way, people just like those chauffeurs could soon be flying helicopters over the Ukrainian capital.


The Credit Crisis We All Saw Coming - Whats Up?
The global financial crisis, about which youve probably heard, has hit Ukraine and its neighbours particularly hard. One analyst, commenting on the region, called it an Iceland look-alike contest, in reference to that countrys abrupt bankruptcy. Ukraine has already had to bail out one bank Prominvest, its sixth largest and, as of last Wednesday, Ukrainians had withdrawn some $1.3 billion from the countrys banks. Want to get hard currency out of a local bank? Good luck. The National Bank has been imposing limits on currency trading and on withdrawals, and has also raised deposit insurance from 50,000 hryvnia to 100,000. In October alone, theyve also injected $2.4 billion dollars into the banking system.


Yanukovych: Think of the Kiddies! - Whats Up?
Viktor Yanukovych is worried about the children. Specifically, hes worried about students in eastern Ukraine trying to learn Ukrainian. Apparently it can get pretty bad out there: sometimes, students make fun of those kids who have a hard time with the language. At the Party of Regions conference in Donetsk last week, Yanukovych explained that people, even children trying to learn Ukrainian had to put up with being mocked. He went on: [Students] are forced to speak in Ukrainian.


Dynamo Guys Brawl, Girl Punched Out - Whats Up?
Kyivs Dynamo football club last week took a black eye, so to speak, when a group of its players was implicated in a brawl at the fashionable downtown nightclub Patipa. It all started when the sister of Dynamo player Alexander Aliev spilled a drink on the trousers of fellow footballer Denis Oleynik. Oleynik allegedly responded by punching the girl smack in the face. A third Dynamo player, Artem Milevsky, had this to say about the incident: I didnt hit my best friends sister. Of course, Dennis was not in the right when he raised a hand to her, but she wasnt right either. When I asked her to move over a little and not bother us, and moreover not to pour liquid on Oleyniks trousers, she answered by saying something rude. In short, one word led to another and a fight started.


Sex-Symbol Putin is Fan-tas-tic! - Whats Up?
According to eminent Italian journalist and TV personality Alfonso Signiorini, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is the sexiest man on earth. When I saw him with his bare torso, and then with the dead Siberian tiger at his feet, I was staggered: Fan-tas-tic! I even asked Berlusconi to introduce me to him. (Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reportedly laughed in response.) Thats something wed like to see: the meeting between the sex symbol of a macho culture that takes itself so seriously it fails to register self-parody, and the self-ironic camp style of a European media personality. Such a meeting would exist in that weird space where the two ends of the masculinity continuum come together, just like those photos of Putin with the sleeping tiger.


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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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