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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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Yanukovich Junior Celebrates Big Birthday - Whats Up?
The 16 June was a red letter day in the life of new VR Deputy Viktor Yanukovich Jnr. who celebrated his twenty-fifth birthday in the charming company of his family, Donbass businessmen, Rada Deputies, and other assembled flunkies and toadies. Things kicked off with a party at the family dacha down by the Azov Sea, then it was all up to Kyiv for a party at a fashionable restaurant.


Dog Falls From Window, Hospitalizes Man - Whats Up?
A Warsaw man was bruised but alive after a slobbering St. Bernard thrown out of a two storey window land on him as he was walking down the street in the southern-Polish city of Sosnowiec. The 110-pound pet pooch, named by police investigators as Oscar, was pushed out of the window by its drunk owner and may well have fallen to his death had it not been for the presence of the hapless man below. The dog had a safe landing because it fell on a man observed and deducted ace detective Grzegorz Wierbicki. The dog escaped with just a few scratches. The man was also more in a psychological state of shock than physically hurt he added. One-year-old Oscar has been placed in animal shelter, while police investigate his owners for animal abuse. (www.news.yahoo.com)

Vodka War Erupts Over Modern Recipe - Whats Up?
A winner takes all vodka war has broken out all over Europe, with groups fighting to control a global market estimated to be worth around $8 billion a year. Finland, Poland, Sweden and other traditional manufacturers from the Baltic want the EU to insist that only spirits made with traditional ingredients, barely-grain and potato, should be allowed to carry the vodka label. The Brits, Dutch, French, and Austrians, backed by the powerful London-based multinational drinks producer Diageo, take a more relaxed approach, insisting vodka can also be made from grapes, beets, and even citrus fruit.


Local Popster Swaps His Home for Car - Whats Up?
Motor mad born again Christian Viktor Pavlik has raised eyebrows across the belle monde landscape by trading in his downtown apartment for the latest in jeep chic. The car crazy crooner fell so madly for one of the latest British made Land Rovers that he sold his home in order to raise the 64,000 Euros to buy one. It was a little present to myself for all the hard work I have done Pavlik modestly explained. However the investment has meant that the pocket-sized popster has been forced to take up residence in one of the Ukrainian capitals less flattering regions, the slightly rundown area of Borshagovka. Pavlik is by no means the only person to have taken such a step - many Ukrainians prefer splashing out on a flash car for vanitys sake than keeping a decent home. (www.blik.net.ua)

Kherson Cops Swap Cars for Bicycles - Whats Up?
High speed chases may well become a thing of the past in the sleepy southern city of Kherson following the purchase of bicycles for two police detachments. Local authorities hope that the bikes will be more practical in terms of maneuvering around the streets, as well as being cheaper and friendlier. I must say I like it, though its all very funny chuckled babushka Olga Petrovna, a resident of Kherson throughout her adult life. You dont see many bikes around here so its good to see our officers on them she babbled with impeccable logic. If all goes well the boys in blue intend to purchase more bikes in the near future. (Channel 5)

Twins Urge Polish Purge - Regional Trends
One of the many factors hindering the development of a truly reformed Ukrainian state has been the total lack of attempts to root out and bar secret service employees and government informers from state employment and political office. In sharp contrast neighbouring Poland, whose 1997 legislation barring those with Communist Party ties from office were widely regarded as a model for all Eastern Europe, has recently announced controversial new measures designed to expose individuals guilty of collaborating in the murky netherworld of Soviet informer intrigues. With a pair of staunchly nationalistic twins now at the helm, Poland is fast emerging as the most hard-line conservative country in the region, and this latest move is being viewed as yet another example of the countrys increasingly paranoid patriotism.


Moscows Big Name DJ - Headliner
In todays paint-by-numbers dance music scene, Russias DJ Smash is a man who stands out from the rest of the turntable crowd, specialising in an eclectic life-affirming sound which has the Russian capitals beautiful people grooving the whole night through.


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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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