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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 48 (2009)

48 (2009)/25
December2009 - 14 January2010
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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From THE EDITOR (48) - Editorial
So 2009 slowly draws to a close, and its been a tough year for many of us. Weve seen many of our friends leave, and for most of us who remain business is tough. Well be glad to see the end of such a tough year, and everyone is hoping 2010 will be better. Having said that, every cloud has a silver lining, and while 2009 has not been the easiest of years, it has had plenty of high points we can look back on with a smile. We here at Whats On have had a difficult, but exciting time this year. When Paul and I decided to buy the magazine, I dont think either of us knew what we were letting ourselves in for. But we got our heads down and got on with it, doing everything we could to make the magazine better, and asking everyone we came across if they would be interested in advertising. Despite the extremely difficult financial situation, weve managed to survive, and we hope to continue to do so in 2010 and beyond.


A Look Back at 2009 - Whats Up?
Its been a tough year for all of us, what with the crisis, the folly of the countrys politicians, a devaluating hryvnia and a stagnant property market, but Whats On has been here throughout keeping you abreast of all the top news stories while at the same time keeping you informed about all the good things happening in the city that might offer a little distraction. Here is our review of the year that was.


Celebs on Celebrations - Kyiv Celebrities
Whats On is a truly star-studded magazine, always keeping you up-to-date with the latest and greatest news about whats going on in the world of entertainment.
And so with Christmas and New Year festivities just around the corner, we got together with some of Ukraines biggest names in the biz to find out just what they had planned for the biggest and best night of the year.


Tips for Christmas & New Year in Kyiv - Kyiv Culture
Kyiv is known for becoming very quiet during the holiday season, with people either travelling abroad or tucking themselves away at home with friends and loved ones. If you happen to find yourself stuck in Kyiv over the coming weeks, dont despair, theres plenty to do to keep you occupied. Here is a selection of exciting pastimes you can try that will ensure you have a great time!


The Canadian Approach - Ukraine Today
With the holidays ahead, its always nice to get together with friends and family and as Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine, his Excellency G. Daniel Caron, is certainly considered that by us, we took the opportunity to sit down and talk about his love of opportunity, his love for Canada and how Christmas is a great opportunity to solve the worlds problems.
There is much on the go over at the Canadian Embassy these days which we waste no time in getting to


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel - Kyiv Kino
Directed by Betty Thomas
Animation, Family USA 2009
Starring Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee
Voices of Justin Long (Alvin), Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon), Jesse McCartney (Theodore)
Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Sevilles twenty-something nephew Toby (Levi). The boys, unfortunately, must put aside music superstardom to return to school and are tasked with saving the schools music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands.


Two Lovers - Kyiv Kino
Directed by James Gray
Drama, Romance USA 2008
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw
Leonard Kraditor is a burnt-out case who lives with his immigrant parents after his fiancee leaves him. At the moment, he is helping out at their Brooklyn dry cleaners and taking photographs; but he is at loose ends and feeling suicidal. In quick succession, he meets two women. Sarah, who is the daughter of his parents business associates, is frank, direct, sensual and Jewish like Leonard.


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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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