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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 24 (2009)

24 (2009)/2009
26 June - 2 July
Elements of Life!
Top electro DJ Tiesto returns to town to trance

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From THE EDITOR (24) - Editorial
Times are tough, theres no doubt about it, and with some estimates putting current unemployment levels in Ukraine at 50% it is difficult to tell when things might start to get better. Ask around the business community, however, and most people speak in optimistic terms, saying they are starting to see signs of improvement. But pay a visit to most restaurants and bars in town, and you will see that customer levels are down, and down substantially. People just cannot afford to go out as much as they used to. Here at Whats On, however, we always try to look on the bright side, and there always is one if youre prepared to look closely enough. When it comes to socialising, Ive always been of the opinion that the location is inconsequential, and it is the company that matters most. Ive always been more than a little bemused by the importance many Ukrainians place on the status of being seen in this ludicrously expensive bar, or that over-priced restaurant.


Klychko Defends His Titles - Whats Up?
In what was probably the most boring boxing match ever, Volodomyr Klychko defeated Uzbekistans Ruslan Chagaev with a technical knockout. Apart from the well-toned Klychko knocking down the much shorter and flabbier Chagaev in the second round, the match consisted of Klychko holding his opponent at arms length and offering the odd jab here and there, and Chagaev bobbing and weaving a lot, but not much more.


Nigeria Seizes Ukrainian Arms Shipment - Whats Up?
Last week, Nigerian officials impounded a Ukrainian aircraft bound for Equatorial Guinea saying they found 18 crates of weapons on board. The Ukrainian owners of the plane then said that the Nigerian authorities had no reason to hold it, and it had all the correct permits and documents.
The plane was flying from Croatia, and Ukrainian arms export agency Ukrspetseksport said the cargo did not belong to Ukraine. There were all the permits for this flight, including those from the Nigerian authorities. There were no violations regarding the plane, the cargo or the documents, said Director General, Mykola Minyaylo.


EU President Warns of New GasCrisis - Whats Up?
In what must have been a call for someone to step in and bailout the Ukrainian government again, EU President Jose Manuel Barroso warned member countries to prepare for another gas crisis if Ukraine cant pay Russia for the gas it imports from there.
Barroso announced plans to host urgent talks next week at EU headquarters with gas companies, the IMF and member states to see if a short package of stop gap funding could be put together. This announcement was made shortly after, and therefore in response to, a warning from Moscow that it could shut off the supply again if Ukraine does not pay on time and in full. Since the Moscow warning, Ukraine has been running around, cap in hand, asking for the paltry sum of $4 billion from international banks to pay the bill, and this is over and above the IMF loan.


Please Sir, May We Have Some More? - Whats Up?
Oliver Twist got a beating for it (even though his polite request was justified) and you cant help hoping that the leaders of this country also get a good thrashing for it. Apparently, the next tranche of the IMF loan set at $3.2 billion is not enough, and the government have gone cap in hand, again, asking for $3.8 billion instead.
Acting Finance Minister, Ihor Umanskyi, claimed in a recent interview that the money was needed to cover the deficit in the national budget, and that all of it would be used for this (and his nose got a lot longer at the time). The next mission of the IMF is expected to arrive on June 24, he said. According to the programme, the next tranche is envisaged to be $3.2 billion. Now we are asking for that figure to be increased to $3.8 billion. And there wasnt even a please sir.


Sex Tourism on the Rise - Whats Up?
The sex-pat is sadly a familiar sight around Kyiv. Walk into any bar or restaurant in the centre of town and youre likely to see a man in his 50s or 60s fawning over some girl aged 18 to 20. Its always been the way of things here since the collapse of the Soviet UNI0N, but now sex-tourism is increasing at an exponential rate.
The number of visitors to Ukraine has surged in recent years  last year alone saw an increase of 2 million and now the weakened hryvnia and cheap flights are making the country even more attractive for visitors who can get here and stay here very cheaply.


Tiesto Techno God - Cover Story
This boy has been spinning records since the days they were still in fashion and as a result he has found immense popularity in all corners of the world. He is hugely popular in his native Netherlands, his single Traffic has done exceptionally well with those who follow the electro music scene and hes the first DJ ever to have sold out a 25,000 capacity stadium. Ladies and gentlemen, Tiesto is finally at your service and you can catch him at the International Exhibition Centre on the 28th of this month.


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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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