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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 2 (2009)

2 (2009)/2009
30 January - 5 February
The Life and Times of TIK
Talking With the Top Bands Leader, Viktor Bronyuk

Kyiv Kino
Whats Up?
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Seven Pounds - Kyiv Kino
Directed by Gabriele Muccino
Drama, USA 2008
Starring Will Smith
Once, Tim Thomas (Will Smith) was a gifted aerospace engineer with a beautiful wife and a lovely beach house. Then, while using his cell phone while driving, his car wandered across lanes and he became responsible for the deaths of seven others, including his beloved wife. Unable to forgive himself or raise the dead, Tim sets out to give pounds of flesh that will give new life to seven deserving individuals to make up for the seven lives he destroyed.


From the Editor (2) - Editorial
Im feeling pretty good  right now Ive just spent some time out in Ukraines west, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast in particular. One shouldnt romanticise places, but its hard not to notice out there that youre surrounded by a venerable and humane European culture, one thats aware of its strengths and quietly confident in itself, and that the people who inhabit it know exactly who they are. The Soviet legacy is thin there, which has consequences for everything from the way the towns look to the way people interact with you on the street (theyre polite). At the same time, the money culture thats recently transformed much of the post-Soviet space seems never to have taken root. The city of Ivano-Frankivsk is by Eastern European standards a prosperous place, but I noticed no garishly expensive automobiles amidst its well-kept blocks, no conspicuous consumption, and there seems to be a nice bohemian element out there thats mostly been priced out of Kyiv.


Pop Stars Fight for Eurovision Honour - Whats Up?
Its getting to be Eurovision Song Contest time again, which means its time for members of Ukraines huge population of pop stars to start jockeying for the right to represent their country during that carnival of questionable musical taste. And why not? Eurovision certainly has been good to Ukraine over the years. Ruslana won the top honour back in the fateful year of 2004, and Ani Lorak came in second place last year.


Luhansk Youth Buy Plane Ticket For Prez - Whats Up?
The student wiseacres of the Youth League of the Regions of Ukraine, an activist group based in the countrys staunchly anti-orange east, just completed a rather clever political stunt, raising 3,683 hyryvna towards buying President Viktor Yushchenko a one-way ticket to Washington DC. Why Washington? Because the beleaguered and now domestically unpopular Yushchenko, with his still-staunch fan-base in the U.S. capital, his pro-Western dreams and his ability to infuriate the Russians is widely considered an American puppet by significant swathes of his electorate. Whats remarkable about this stunt is that all the money, which was raised from among 73,000 Luhansk oblast residents, consists of five-kopeck coins.


Olga Kurylenko: Paragon of Modesty - Whats Up?
In a statement that runs counter to all the wisdom weve accumulated in this space, Olga Kurylenko, the Ukrainian actress/model whos become famous as the latest Bond girl, has revealed that she often takes showers with her clothes on. In her words: Actually, I never feel comfortable when I have to take off my clothes and be naked. This might surprise aficionados of Kurylenkos many nude movie scenes and fashion-magazine spreads. She goes on: Ive never even been to a nude beach. Im too self-conscious to be that free. Then: Im very shy and reserved, and I always take showers completely clothed.


IMF Group Issues Stern Warning - Whats Up?
Remember last autumn, when the International Monetary Fund helped a nose-diving Ukrainian economy by offering Kyiv a loan of $16.4 million to make sure Ukraine didnt default itself toward an Iceland-like fate? Well, the loan came with condition: Ukraine had to get its economic house in order. After much political infighting last fall, during which some of the more unreconstructedly left-wing elements of the countrys power structure refused to take the steps the IMF was demanding, Ukraine did barely. But now its time for another progress report before the IMF releases the next tranche of loan money, and the IMFs inspectors, who were in Kyiv last week, arent completely pleased.


Ukraine Reaches Deal with Russia, Then Fights Itself - Whats Up?
Last week, Russian and Ukraine finally came to terms on gas transit, warming up the teeth-chattering Bulgarians and replenishing gas reserves from Poland to France. In the deal, Ukraine will pay a rate pegged to oil prices and subject to change every quarter; in the first quarter of this year, it will pay $360 per 1,000 cubic metres, or approximately double what it had been paying. The deal also removed shady intermediary RosUkrEnergo, a Swiss-registered company that bought gas from Gazprom and sold it to Naftogaz. For the moment, everything has settled down. But as more than one analyst pointed out, the higher gas prices could do some serious damage to Ukraines already crippled economy. Whats left of the countrys steel and chemical industry - long the pillars of the economy, responsible for many of Ukraines slumping exports, and big users of gas - might be especially sensitive to the price hike.


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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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