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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 7 (2010)

7 (2010)/2010
26 February - 4 March
Georgian Gymnastics
Sukhishvili returns to Kyiv for another spectacular performance

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Kyiv Kino

From THE EDITOR (7) - Editorial
Jings crivvens help ma boab, it was the 15th Annual Kyiv Lions Club Burns Night, and the team, led by Stuart McKenzie USM, surpassed themselves, outdoing all previous years, which is an incredible achievement by all accounts. It was a night for everyone, no matter what nationality, to delve into all things Scottish and experience the culture of my native land, but with a distinct Ukrainian flare. In fact, it was a truly international event with performances from Ukrainian stars such as Alibi and Kishe, piping like youve never seen it before from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, vocal dexterity from Yerzhan Nurgalieyv of Almaty Kazakhstan, and a fantastic performance from the Up Beat Beatles getting everyone on the floor to round off the night in true party style.


Movie-goers to Help Ukrainian Kino - Whats Up?
Ukrainian Cinema is in a very poor state, with over 19 unfinished movies still in production but lacking the money for completion, and so some smart alec has come up with the idea of charging cinema goers to help pay for movie-making. If the bill that is currently before the Verkhovna Rada gets passed then 5% of every cinema ticket sold will go towards Ukrainian Kino.
Theres no doubt, there is a lot of talent in Ukraine, and so the plan sounds like a good one.


South Stream Pipeline Could Follow Shortly - Whats Up?
Last week we told you the Nord Stream project finally got the green light from Finland, and now this has given a nudge to those involved in the South Stream project. While the Nord Stream pipeline will run under the Baltic, transporting gas directly from Russia to Europe, the South Stream pipeline with do the same via the Black Sea. Both pipelines will bypass Ukraine completely.
Greece and Turkey are two nations that have been talking up the South Stream project over the past week, and Romania has shown an interest in the pipeline for the first time. Bulgaria, which had been lukewarm to the idea until now, has also become very excited about the project. And it is Bulgaria the Russians are most interested in.


No Olympic Medals for Ukraine - Whats Up?
While there are still a few days left, it looks as though Ukraine is going to finish the Winter Olympics in Vancouver without a medal. The best chances we had for a medal were thought to be Andriy Deryzemlya in the 10km biathlon sprint, and Tetyana Volosozhar and Stanislav Moroz in figure skating. Unfortunately, however, both events are passed with Deryzemlya managing a very respectable 5th place and Volosozhar and Moroz taking 8th both outside the medals.


The EU Finally Sits Up and Takes Notice - Whats Up?
Coming under the category closing-the-stable-door-after-the-horse-has-bolted (and fitting perfectly within that particular file), EU foreign ministers met on Monday to discuss what the European UNI0N can offer to Ukraine. After years of missed opportunities, and a lot of pushing from the Ukrainian side, but very little action, the EU has been panicked by Yanukovychs moves towards Russia, especially talk of a customs agreement, and finally look as if they might be more open to giving this great country a chance.


New President, and Now A New Prime Minister? - Whats Up?
Its hardly surprising really, but it does beg the question: Will the political turmoil in Ukraine ever be over? Not yet it seems, and that goes beyond the realms of depressing to the land of just-plain-dull.
While Yanukovych now has a clear path to the presidency because Yulia Tymoshenko finally decided to drop her appeal after the courts told her to go stick her head in a dark place, it does not bring an end to the countrys perennial political playschool as most of us hoped.


The New Faces of Kyiv - Ukraine Today
In journalistic circles, the conversation regarding the lack of big names or big characters we are able to interview is often had. And instead, we often sit down with people who are a little less than star-striking. Sometimes the things that come out of their mouths has absolutely nothing to do with the questions weve asked, and regardless of how rude or silly it all may sound, it is then up to the writer to somehow transform such nonsense into a story worth reading, making someone seem fantastical or ideal when really they are quite ordinary. Thats why I decided I would try something new, something fresh and something you hopefully havent read in the pages of any other publication just yet. The new faces worth a look at here in the city: Those up and coming talented models, musicians, designers and artists who dont pose for the camera at every single party that includes a free buffet, but who believe in what they are doing and why they are doing it.


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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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