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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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22 May - 28 May
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An exhibition of works by renowned US photographer David Drebin hits Kyiv

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The International Womens Club Kyiv held their annual Spring Ball on Saturday night, and all the money raised will go towards helping those less fortunate. I wasnt there myself, but from what I hear it was a good night, and many people forked out large quantities of their hard-earned cash on the live and silent auctions, all of which will be donated to charity. Charity is always an interesting word here in Ukraine. IWCK and the Kyiv Lions Club (of which I am a member) are predominantly made up of members from the international community, and whenever I speak to those in charge of either, they always tell me that charity is difficult here in Ukraine for two reasons: firstly, the government doesnt make it easy, and secondly, local people dont trust it, thinking that the money they donate will end up in someones pocket.


Loboda Bombs atEurovision - Whats Up?
Svetlana Loboda couldnt manage better than 12th place in this years Eurovision song contest final held in Moscow on Saturday. Despite a stereotypical Svetlana performance half-naked and laden with enough sexuality to negate the need for Viagra in 90 year-old men she failed to make the mark with her overly bland song Be My Valentine (Anti-crisis Girl). Even the Russian entry (from another Ukrainian girl, Anastasia Prikhodko, who fled to Moscow in tears after she lost in the Ukrainian leg) managed to finish one place higher than Loboda.


66 Year-Old British Woman Gets Pregnant in Ukraine - Whats Up?
Usually there are far more 66 year-old British men coming to Ukraine looking for sex, but recently it was a woman of advancing years who came here to get pregnant, not, it has to be said, by the usual method, but by in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
The woman, Elizabeth Munro, who turns 67 in July, came to Ukraine for the treatment because it is illegal in the UK to perform IVF on anyone of that age.


Russia Attacks Ukraines Promotion ofMazepa - Whats Up?
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticised Kyivs policy of rehabilitating the Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa, saying it is an attempt to force Ukrainians into a fabricated and far-fetched confrontation with Russia.
Ukraine is currently constructing a monument to Mazepa to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the battle of Poltava, where the then Hetman switched allegiance from Tsar Peter I to King Charles XII of Sweden in a hope to rid Ukraine of oppressive Russian rule. In a sad turn of events, the Swedish, aided by the Ukrainian Cossacks, lost the battle, and Ukraine was once more under the yolk of the Tsars.
For some reason, the Russians dont like the fact that Mazepa is now hailed, as should be the case, as a great Ukrainian hero, and the Russian Foreign Ministry went on the attack.


Ukraine Battles on for EURO 2012 - Whats Up?
Is anybody else getting sick of hearing how Ukraine, after having done an amazing job on winning the finals for EURO 2012 along with Poland, seems intent on screwing it up? Ukraine soccer federation president Grigory Surkis must surely be, especially after having to beg UEFA not to name six Polish cities as EURO 2012 venues and only Kyiv as a venue in Ukraine. UEFA president Michael Platini also warned that Warsaw could stage the final if problems in Kyiv regarding the stadium, airport, and transport infrastructure were not resolved.


$16.4 Billion, But Ukraine Wants More! - Whats Up?
Last November, when the IMF agreed a $16.4 billion loan to Ukraine to help save the country from Economic disaster, the amount was far more than many expected, and thought necessary. Those surprised by the amount were even more surprised last week when the IMF agreed to hand out the second tranche of the loan amounting to $2.8 billion despite the fact that the country had failed to meet many of the criteria laid down.


Getting into University - Ukraine Today
The last month of spring, May, is a great month, mostly because it is followed by summer! Were all waiting for our vacation, going to the seaside, lying on the beach, and lots of other stuff that weve been looking forward to for so long. But its not a period of excited expectancy for everyone, because for school leavers it is a time of tension as they study for their final exams, hoping to gain entrance to the university of their choice. Last Bell may be coming soon, but that celebration will be short lived as entrance exams will follow shortly after, and its all a bit more complicated.
The situation with final entrance exams for university is kind of strange in Ukraine, to say the least. And for someone like me who left school five years ago, it all seems a lot trickier now than it was then. Back then, all you had to do was pass your finals at school and the entrance exam at the university you wanted to go to, but now the situation has changed.


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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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