|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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 ¹ 46 (2009)|
11 December - 17 December
This is Them!
The Backstreet boys bring their own boy band beats
Take me out!
Castaway in Kyiv
On the Sofa with...
|Get to the Point! - This Week|
Point (Alternative rock band) in Shtolnya (Potehina
str 12), 12 December at 9 pm
Musical Olympus is so tempting! Performers are working
hard to make their listeners fall in love with the music they play. Point is
not an exception. This Saturday on a Gangster party the band will surprise fanciers
with harmonious blend of new pieces, DJ performance and music surprises. Are
you a true gangster or rocker? If
yes, then your Saturday evening is already booked!
|A Real Gypsy Jazz for the First Time in Kyiv! - This Week|
Django Jazz, House of Architects (B. Hrinchenka, 7), 12 December
2009 at 7 pm
Jazz is named after Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt. Django was foremost among a group
of Gypsy guitarists working in and around Paris
in the 1930s through the 1950s who is considered to be a founding father of
this musical movement. Since 30s, when this musical style started its existence,
it amazes its listeners with a harmonic blend of rhythmic abut but still melodic
jazz music with a traditional gypsy flavour. Ukrainian jazz fanciers had to wait long 70
years before gypsy jazz came to Ukraine.
So don’t miss your opportunity to listen live to Oleksiy Krupskyy and Janko
Lauenberger on the guitars, Erik Anders Grop on the contrabass and Bernd Huber
on the violin this Saturday!
|From THE EDITOR (46) - Editorial|
You spend a lot of time at work. It’s a fact. No matter what your job, and whether it is nine-to-five or something else, you’re going to spend a lot of time there. Of course, we all work for the money, but if you only do it for the money, no matter how much you earn, you’re going to be pretty miserable most of the time. I have experience of doing a job I didn’t like much just for the money, and to spend so much of your time doing something you don’t enjoy just for the salary cheque at the end of the month isn’t really, for me, time well spent. Now, however, I have to say I love my job. I’ve always loved writing, and I get to do quite a lot of that for What’s On. It’s also not bad that most weeks I get to select a model for our cover and be present during the shoot. I have plenty of experience in sales, and now Paul and I own the magazine, I spend a lot of time on that as well, and I find that very enjoyable too. I am a very lucky man.
|Flu Epidemic is Over in Kyiv! - Whats Up?|
That would be the flu epidemic that never really existed in the first place, would it? Well, it’s good news for all those who’ve been panicked enough by all the scaremongering that they’ve resorted to making themselves look silly by wandering around town with anything from a surgical mask to a pair of panties covering their faces in the hope that it will prevent infection.
The truth of the matter is, as almost all of us knew, that the flu ‘epidemic’ was no worse this year than it has been in any previous years, and the whole scare was orchestrated for political reasons.
|New American Ambassador for Ukraine - Whats Up?|
The newly appointed US Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft arrived in Kyiv last week, and presented his credentials to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko. Former US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor left office in May 2009 and was decorated with the order of merit of the third degree by President Yushchenko. Since then Ukraine has been without an American Ambassador, but the US Senate appointed Tefft to the post in November, and now he is here and ready to take up his duties.
Tefft has been a career foreign service officer, and has 37 years experience behind him. His previous posting was as the ambassador to Georgia where he served since 2005.
|Ukrainian Girl Wins Queen of the World 2009 - Whats Up?|
We here at the What’s On office have never heard of this particular beauty contest, but there are so many these days that’s hardly surprising. And we would probably have remained ignorant of it too if it hadn’t been for the fact a Ukrainian girl picked up the title.
The final took place in Berlin on Thursday 3 December, and despite fierce competition (especially from the girl from the Dominican Republic) our very own Veronika Vovchuk took the coveted title.
|Yulia Promises Nationalisation - Whats Up?|
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko may have well and truly shot herself in the foot with comments regarding a “very big” list of Ukrainian businessmen whose assets she’s promised to privatise if she wins the presidential election. Tymoshenko first rattled the cages of many an oligarch back in 2005 when she declared she was going to take back many businesses she claimed had been fraudulently privatised, but her plans were scuppered by Yushchenko who wouldn’t allow her to follow through. Most people thought she’d left this crazy idea behind, but according to a recent interview with Korrespondent magazine, it’s a crazy idea that’s still in her head.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.