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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 16 (2010)

16 (2010)/2010
30 April - 6 May
Transcending Sexuality
A new and controversial art exhibition opens at the Pinchuk Art Centre

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From THE EDITOR (16) - Editorial
Shopping is something of a chore here in Kyiv, in fact it can be a real pain. I try to do as little of it as possible here (which should be a stark warning to all Ukrainian business people involved in the retail industry) because it is just too painful. Yes, prices are much higher here than you would find in the US or Europe, but its the service that really gets to me. I remember the first time I walked into a clothes shop here only to be shouted at by a manager when I picked up an item of clothing to have a closer look (apparently the folded stuff on the shelves is not for looking at), and dont even start me on the rigmarole I had to go through with Epicentre when I was doing the remont on my apartment (eight baths before I got one that wasnt damaged, yes eight!). Quite frankly, I just dont agree with it.


Lenin Kneels Before Holodomor - Whats Up?
While Communists celebrated the 140th anniversary of the birth of Lenin on Besarabka Square, laying flowers at his recently renovated monument on Shevchenko Boulevard, some bright sparks from the Ukrainian Peoples party held a celebration for him all of their own.
Gathering on Mykhalivska Square in front of the monument to the victims of the Holodomor famine, which is estimated to have cost the lives of around 10 million Ukrainians, they placed an effigy of the communist leader on his knees begging for forgiveness for the crimes against the Ukrainian people committed by communist regime.


Yanukovych Vows to Complete Work at Chornobyl - Whats Up?
On the 24th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear accident, President Viktor Yanukovych visited the plant and promised to speed up the work needed to make the reactor safe. The break of nearly one year 2009 was an unacceptable break, he said, going on to say that the current situation there was being studied and analysed. We will significantly speed up the designing of facilities foreseen on this territory to ensure that all activities and plans that have been agreed with donors are implemented on schedule.
In an address to the nation, he spoke of the ongoing consequences of the accident, and its effects on the country. Since that time, 26 April has become a day of mourning for the victims of the Chornobyl tragedy, and serves as a stark reminder of the dangers connected with the peaceful use of atomic energy, he said.


Packing Political Punch! - Whats Up?
After some time out of the political limelight, current WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Kilchko is intending a return, and this time hes coming out punching. Last week the giant man launched a new political party called OUDAR, or PUNCH.
With a strong and well-aimed punch, I am ready to knock down the wall between society and the authorities which is blocking the development of Ukraine, he said. And lets hope that punch packs some power because the aforementioned wall he hopes to knock down is a thick one, and one that needs to be removed.


Church Denounces Equal Rights for Same-sex Relationships - Whats Up?
And it wonders why it is no longer relevant today! Yes, while just about everyone else in the world accepts that discrimination is a bad thing, the church still cant seem to get its head around the concept, even though Jesus himself seemed to reckon it was a bad thing.
This week, the Head of the Ukrainian Church Committte (which represents the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches here in Ukraine) Markiyan Trophymyak expressed his dissatisfaction to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs support for a campaign tackling the issue of discrimination based upon sexual orientation.


Verkhovna Rada Erupts in Chaos - Whats Up?
All hell broke loose in the Verhkovna Rada and the centre of Kyiv on Tuesday 27 April as the new government signed a gas deal with Russia that will allow the Black Sea Fleet to remain in Sevastopol for a further 25 years.
In an adult fashion, opposition deputies led by ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former president Viktor Yushchenko hurled eggs and smoke bombs inside the parliament building, while thousands of protestors demonstrated outside.


Pushing Past Boundaries - Kyiv Culture
Were encountering a great moment every Ukrainian should be proud of! were the first words expelled by Pinchuk Art Centre general director, Eckhard Schneider, as he addressed the press last Thursday afternoon. All of this hullaballoo had to do with the centres new exhibition, Sexuality and Transcendence, which opened to the public on Saturday 24 April. For months now, Ukraine has been gearing itself to be recognised as part of the international community of contemporary art, and now with over 150 pieces hanging, sitting and standing within the confines of the PAC, that title is finally seeing the light of day.


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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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