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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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From THE EDITOR (23) - Editorial
Last Tuesday evening after an evening in Shooters I checked Facebook on my iPhone on the way home. It told me to log in. I tried. It told me Id entered an incorrect email/password combination. I tried again. It told me the same thing. I left it knowing that the touchpad on the iPhone is a little difficult to negotiate sometimes, thinking Id just entered the wrong password. Upon arrival at work, I tried to log in to Facebook on my mac. It told me my account was disabled. I started to worry. Ive been on facebook for years; it is my sole means of communications with many friends I have made on my travels; it is a simple way of keeping in touch with friends and family back home, and Id put rather a lot of effort into building our Whats On group there. Not to panic, I thought. It must surely be a mistake.


From Bond Girl to Chornobyl Heroine - Whats Up?
Its been a little over 24 years since reactor 4 at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded during tests, and now French Director Michale Boganim is about to make a movie of the disaster from the viewpoint of one girl, whom, it is said, will be played by the beautiful Olha Kurylenko.
Michale Boganim is far from being a household name, but she has already directed films set in Ukraine, the most famous of which being, Dust, a story about the last three Jewish women living in Odessa.
The new movie, estimated to cost around 4 million euros and entitled Land of Oblivion, centres around a carefree young woman living in the town of Prypyat whose life changes forever on 26 April 1986.


Ukraine to Advertise Abroad - Whats Up?
For some time here at the Whats On office, weve been talking about the need for a Ukrainian Tourist Board that will attract visitors to the country and help those who are here to find their way about, but the truth is, such an organisation would no doubt just be another excuse for the politicians to steal money from the country.
However, it seems that the government will make a small but very important step in this direction in autumn this year when it will launch some image advertising on TV both at home and abroad. While primarily focusing around EURO 2012, any image advertising for tourism in the country will be widely welcomed.


Hottest Day in Kyiv for 64 Years - Whats Up?
Did you find it a tad warm last Saturday? Did you find yourself sweating a little, and looking for somewhere with good air-conditioning where you could watch the England vs, US World Cup match? If so, you were right to feel this way, as temperatures climbed to 34 degrees Celsius the hottest temperature recorded in the city for 64 years.
While temperatures did not reach the sweltering 37 degrees forecasters had predicted, it was still damn hot, and apparently local providers of air-conditioning systems were inundated with calls, throngs of people amassed  at Hydropark and Trukhaniv Island trying to escape the heat in the cooling waters of the Dnipro, and Kreshchatyk was like a ghost town.


Lutsenko Attacks Government 100 Days In - Whats Up?
As the government celebrates its first 100 days in power, former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko, gave Yanukovych and Azarov a blasting with both barrels in an interview with the Unian News Agency. He started his rant by attacking the president in a new draft law that limits peoples rights to gather in public. This law is aimed at maximizing limitations of  peoples basic democratic rights, he said. We are dealing with a president who fears his own people. He has 170 guards. Even Kuchma only had 40.
After that he went on to rip into Yanukovychs handling of law and order, which according to Lutsenko has hit a slippery slope over the past 100 days. Reports of robbery have increased by 240%, deceitful practices by 26%. But the investigations into these crimes are being neglected, he said.


Ukraines EURO 2012 Legacy? - Whats Up?
Football governing bodies such as FIFA and UEFA have a mandate to promote the game in often ignored or underserved sporting nations. Their tack is to award tournaments to countries that may not have a tremendous amount of financial muscle, but have the cooperative spirit and determination to pull it off. 
Take the current World Cup tournament in South Africa, for example.


Top spots on the Black Sea for R&R - Ukraine Travel
With the summer well underway, vacation planning forces many to take hard decisions: where to go, what to do, how much time to spend and so on. To make for smoother sailing (or caravanning or however you plan to travel), Whats On has compiled a list of the top 10 spots to visit on the Black Sea. Sound easy? It wasnt. Factoring in value for money, ease of access and proper infrastructure for tourism (often questionable in Ukraine), we actually had to do a bit of homework, but what we arrived at should make any visit down south a memorable treat.


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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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