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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 8 (2009)

8 (2009)/2009
13 March - 19 March
Dont Fight Over Top Fashion
Ukrainian Fashion Week starts this week, and theres enoughfor everyone

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From the Editor (8) - Editorial
As local and international news agencies, and the doom mongers in the bars, seem intent on constantly reminding us, Ukraine is being hit harder than most countries by the financial crisis, and as a consequence by massive unemployment, poverty, empty shelves in the shops and rising crime. It gets you down. So depressed was I by it all I decided to turn off the TV, throw away all the newspapers and have a look for myself. Certainly, the country is in dire straits, but if you take a good hard look theres some good things coming out of it. Cliched as it is, every problem can be viewed as an opportunity, and this crisis gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the way weve been living, and possibly to do some of the important things we simply havent had the time for until now. For a start, people here have stopped, at least for a while, spending money in ludicrous amounts on completely unnecessary things and have started making more considered decisions in financial matters, which is something that was long overdue.


Chernovetskiy in Times of Crisis - Whats Up?
Just when you thought the hijinks of Kyiv mayor, Leonid Chernovetskiy, couldnt get any more absurd, he proves you wrong, and with style. As the country heads deeper into financial ruin and many Kyivites find themselves in dire straits, our mayor decides its time to invite the citys journalists to his home to see what a normal, humble man he is. As he wasnt feeling too well last week, and spending some time at home in his mansion in Koncha Zaspa, good old Leonid decided he should play the host and invite everyone, including photographers to his humble abode.


At Last! Good News on the Economy! - Whats Up?
Its doom and gloom everywhere these days, and no more so than in Ukraine, but Standard & Poors primary credit analyst Frank Gill has declared that in 2010 the countrys economy may bounce back relatively quickly, and after S&P dropped Ukraines credit rating to CCC+ at the end of February, thats welcome news! Ukraine faces shocks that would damage any economy, Gill said. Prices for chemicals and steel have declined sharply, while imports are being pushed higher by rising gas tariffs and exchange rate depreciation. At the same time the ongoing political uncertainty is very unhelpful. However, while he forecasts Ukraines economy will contract by 12% before the end of 2009, he reckons that it will expand by 4.5% in 2010.


Loboda to Represent Ukraine at Eurovision - Whats Up?
In a hotly contested selection process that had law suits flying and cries of foul ringing throughout the city, Svetlana Loboda has finally been chosen to represent Ukraine at this years Eurovision song contest. Last week a scandal erupted over the selection process, and it looked like Ukraine might be excluded from the event altogether. It all started when contender Anastasia Prykhodko sued the National Television Company of Ukraine for excluding her from the selection stage.


Blunt Goes on to Jam After Concert - Whats Up?
This might not be the best news for the biggest fans of James Blunt who probably hung around after his excellent performance in Palace Sport last week hoping to catch a glimpse of the star or get an autograph, because instead of that they should all have headed to the Jam Party in PaTiPa where James picked up his guitar and played again. The Jam Party, organised by Green Grey guitarist, Deisel, is an open mike night where anyone can get up and play, and Blunt happened to be one of them. After his Palace Sport concert, James and some of his band headed to the famous Kyiv nightspot along with Green Greys director Lidia Klov where they sat chatting in the VIP room.


SBU Attempts Raid of Ukrtransgaz but Fails - Whats Up?
We all know those in power in Ukraine are a bunch of thieves serving their own interests and lining their already bulging pockets as the country sits on the brink of bankruptcy, and apparently the SBU has finally recognised it as well. But amid soviet style smokescreens whos stealing what from whom is almost impossible to tell, which, we assume, is exactly the way everyone wants it.
Last week, armed SBU agents raided the state energy company, Naftogaz, as part of a probe into the diversion of gas from Russia, and the following day they attempted the same at Ukrtransgaz which oversees the Ukrainian gas pipeline network, but they were turned away by MPs loyal to Yulia Tymoshenko.


Maslyanytsya is All About the Pancakes - Picture Perfect
These were the last days of Maslyanytsya in Ukraine, an ancient, religious and folk holiday. Known as Shrove Tuesday in other parts of the world, the festival is celebrated the week leading up to lent, and always involves a lot of pancake eating, as can be seen here. The festival is over, and that means that lent is underway. Are you abstaining? And if so, from what?


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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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