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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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Theres a silly old North American joke about how brutal hockey is, and it goes like this: I went to see the fights and a hockey game broke out. These days the line should go: I went to see the fights and a Rada session broke out. Aficionados of seeing grown men slam each other might forego watching the great Klitschkos or the admirable Sokil Kyiv, the local hockey pros (though European hockey is much less violent than the North American version), and attend parliament instead. Now, Rada deputies have been fighting for years. But usually the altercations, with the exception of Yulia Tymoshenkos famous stabbing of an opponent with her spiked heel, amount to lame shoving between fat middle-aged men. Last week, however, deputies chased each other around the Radas mezzanine, laying into each other.


Deputy Unveils Monument to Yushchenko - Whats Up?
Rada deputy Oles Doniy, from President Yushchenkos faction, last week unveiled a small monument to his leader. The piece stands in the Rada lobby and consists of a painted image of the president when he was eight months old apparently artist Anatoly Fedirko worked from baby photographs of the politician. Fedirko says the image is supposed to symbolise that Yushchenko loves Ukraine in the same holy way in which an infant child is loved. Attached to the pictures frame is a cup on which are painted Ukrainian words reading For donations towards the development of the Ukrainian state.


Kyiv Beefing Up Sevastopol Troop Presence - Whats Up?
The Russian media (never fully trustworthy, its true) is reporting that Ukraine is boosting its troop presence in Sevastopol, the Crimean city that, if its pro-Russian population of Russian navy families and veterans of the Soviet fleet had their way, would choose to become part of Russia in a minute. The boost is a response to the anxieties that this summers Russian-Georgian conflict generated: that Russia could take back a bit of property that it has never really reconciled itself to losing. Specifically, Ukraine will boost its marine presence in the naval Hero City so important to Russian nationalists and form three new air defence squadrons there.


Playmate Irina Joins SMS Pop Group - Whats Up?
Its onward and upwards with the culture scene here in Ukraine, as the often underdressed girl-pop group SMS welcomes into its ranks a new member, the often completely undressed Irina Olkhovskaya. Whos she? If you dont know, your subscription to Playboy has run out, since shes one of the blonde girls whos lately been draped languidly across its glossy pages, covered only by a strategically placed soccer ball, if at all. This will make the established pop trio a quartet, which raises threes-company-but-fours-a-crowd thoughts, but whos counting? Apparently not SMS producer Semen Gorov, who saw Olkhovskaya in Hugh Hefners mag and decided he had to have her in the group.


Breathing Not a Good Idea in City Centre - Whats Up?
Wear a gas mask that might soon enough be good advice if youre planning on taking a stroll around the city centre. According to a recent report by the Central Geophysical Observatory, levels of carbon monoxide and other poisons are several times higher than they should be for safe breathing in much of Kyiv. Bessarabka Square and Prospekt Pobedy are two locations where the air is particularly foul, but theyre not the only ones. The report also cites Moskovsky Pl., the river road in Obolon, Lesi Ukrainky and the area around the Svyatoshyn metro station (which is located on Prospekt Pobedy) as other places in the city where you might be better off holding your breath.


The West, Russia And Ukraine in the Middle - Whats Up?
That didnt take long. The new era of comity between Russia and the United States that many people expected to begin in the Obama era lasted, it turned out, approximately one hundredth of a second or so. (We measured.) After hearing repeatedly in the immediate wake of the 4 November US presidential election that the Kremlin was pleased with Obamas victory over the more vocally hawkish John McCain, were now hearing the same old carping between Washington and Moscow.


Jazz Star Stands Up for the Old City - Picture Perfect
HONCHARA On 15 November one of Kyivs top jazz musicians, Volodymyr Solyanyk, held an openair concert at which he performed his Requiem for Old Kyiv. The concert rallied people who are trying to preserve historical architecture in this beautiful and ancient city. Solyanyks music runs the gamut from ethnojazz to fusion to mainstream styles to blues to new age, and it certainly made an impression on the attendees.Of course, advocates of historical preservation can be cheered by at least one aspect of the current financial crisis: nothing new is being built right now.


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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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