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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.


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28 (2009)/2009
24 July - 30 July
High Art at the Hyatt
A new exhibition of works by Oleksandr Babak opens in an unusual gallery

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From THE EDITOR (28) - Editorial
Life is always a lot better when you have good friends, and the international community here in Kyiv is such a good crowd that I find myself in the position of having lots of them. One of my favourite pastimes is supping a beer or two in one of the cities many hostelries and having a good conversation with a friend or two, and theres never a shortage of people to do that with here. For example, one night recently I arranged to meet a friend of mine for a beer early evening. As it was a school night, we agreed that we wouldnt make it a late one and would call it a night at an appropriate hour. For once we stuck to our plan, had a couple of beers, and after a lengthy chat on various deeply philosophical topics such as whether the blonde or the brunette at the next table was better looking we parted company to head home. And in all honesty, I fully intended going home, but just before I reached the metro my phone rang and another friend told me he was in a bar close by and asked if I wanted to join him for a beer.


Yatsenyuk Surges in Polls - Whats Up?
Former parliamentary speaker and foreign minister, Arseniy Yatesnyuk, has made substantial gains in popularity according to a poll by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. In the run up to the presidential elections scheduled for January, his rating has moved from 3.4% in October to 11.8%.
Heralded as the Ukrainian Obama, the 35 year-old politician is the first prominent figure to rise from the post-Soviet generation, and this is demonstrated by his PR which takes a very western spin. Posters have been plastered all over Kyiv and the rest of the country bearing his youthful visage along with the slogan To save the country.
Yatesnyuk, however, plays it a little bashful when it comes to speaking about himself, saying in a recent interview that he is no messiah and that his growth in popularity is largely due to the fact that Ukrainians are frustrated with current political figures. State the obvious why dont you?


Gambling Ban Extends to Internet - Whats Up?
In another attempt at preventing the corruption of Ukrainian citizens, the government last week extended its ban on gambling to the internet. Apparently there had been some confusion as to whether the ban was to include online activity as well as casinos, but Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov made it clear that the ban was all encompassing.
Internet casinos are a form of gambling business, he said. And as the law does not specify the form of gambling, such organisations should also be closed.


Bruno Banned! - Whats Up?
If youre a fan of Sasha Baron Cohen and his characters Ali G and Borat, and looking forward to catching his new movie Bruno in a local cinema then you can forget it because it has been banned in Ukraine for fears that it might have a damaging effect on Ukrainians moral health.
Bruno, which stars the comedian as a gay Austrian Fashonista with a penchant for making outrageous remarks, has been banned due to its gratuitous showing of male genitals and homosexual sex.


More Fisticuffs in Parliament - Whats Up?
Its been a while since weve had to tell you about battling lawmakers fighting it out physically in the Verkhovna Rada, and it may have seemed like the countrys politicians had finally grown up enough to realise that this sort of thing is no acceptable. But last week thugs, otherwise known as members of the Party of Regions, allegedly had a punch up with Speaker of the House, Volodymyr Lytvyns guards.
The Party of Regions has for some time now been trying to blockade the Verkhovna Rada and prevent its operation, most disturbingly obstructing the passing of a law legislating for the changes to banking law demanded by the IMF that will allow for the third tranche of the loan to be issued.


UNESCO: Kyiv Sites Under Threat - Whats Up?
One of the first things people do when they first arrive in Kyiv is visit some of the wonderful historic sites in the city, and the two most popular of those are Sofiyivsky Cathedral and the Pechersk Lavra Monastery. But now those sites, according to UNESCO are under threat from ongoing construction works within their vicinities.
The history of Sofiyivsky Cathedral and the Lavra Monastery is something special with both dating back almost 1,000 years.


Recognising Those on the Ground - Special Feature
27 July, 2002, was meant to be a celebration, the 60th anniversary in fact, of one of the divisions of Ukraines air force. Spectators from Lviv and surrounding areas had come out expecting inspiring acrobatic displays featuring Su-27s, Mig-29 war planes, gliders, light engine planes and parachute jumping. What they got was much, much more.


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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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