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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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Singing Dean Launches Own Vodka Brand - Whats Up?
Camera shy singer/songwriter/academic/presenter and all round self-effacing renaissance man  Mykhailo Poplavsky is up to his old self-promotion tricks again, this time launching his own brand of vodka. The Mothers Own bran is now on sale across Ukraine, with each bottle adorned with a label featuring a gurning Poplavsky next to his dear old mum. How touching. (Wire Reports)

US Court Sentences Former Ukrainian PM - Whats Up?
Analysts, politicians, and all-right minded Ukrainian citizens raised a glass to the American legal system recently after a US court sentenced former Ukrainian prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko to nine years in prison and fined him $10 million dollars having found him guilty of money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion.


Russian Man Barbeques Neighbours Dog - Whats Up?
A man from the Urals has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after barbequing his neighbours dog. Dmitriy Purigin was enjoying a spot of winter shashlik outside his home when he chanced upon his negibours son, age eleven, walking his dog. Purigin snatched the lead away from the youngster whose mother arrived on the scene some time after only to find that the friendly mongrel had been diced, sliced and eaten, with the remains left in the snow. The court found the defendant guilty of robbery. (www.mosnews.com) 

Egyptians Tunnel to EU with Shoehorns - Whats Up?
Two Egyptian men are awaiting trial following several bizarre attempts to burrow their way into the EU using nothing but shoehorns. The men, both believed to be in their twenties, started in Belarus, digging a tunnel under the border with Poland but the daring escapade soon went awry when the lads lost their way and ended up where they started, in front of a barbed wire fence.


Czech Braveheart Causes Utter Havoc - Whats Up?
A kilt-wearing rebel is taking the fight for freedom to the streets in his native Czech Republic with a series of bizarre stunts designed to draw attention to his obscure political demands. Inspired by Mel Gibsons historically inaccurate anti-English diatribe Braveheart, 27 year-old Alois Stuzka is staging a one man protest, demanding full independence for his home region of eastern Moravia, whilst dressed in a kilt ala William Wallace.


Madonna Set for Dinner Date with Putin - Whats Up?
Queen of pop Madonna is set to dine with petit Russian President Vladimir Putin and his daughters during her latest world tour. A source close to the showbiz icon said that the singer had been keen on meeting Putin for some time, and while he wasnt sure about it, having daughters who were two fans of Madge helped make the presidents mind up.


Crimean History in Stone - Kyiv History
The collection of Crimean stone sculpture on display at Ukrainian House till 3 September is stunning in its scope. With pieces dating from the third millennium B.C to the eighteenth century AD this showcase of stone serves as a physical timeline of one of Ukraines most ancient and colourful corners and includes such wonders as pagan idols and what could be Amazon headstones.



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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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