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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 30 (2010)

30 (2010)/2010
1 August - 31 August
Things to do in Kyiv When its Dead
Suggestions on how to keep yourself busy in the city this August

Picture Perfect
Ukraine Travel
Active Kyiv
Kyiv Culture
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From THE EDITOR (30) - Editorial
Its been a strange summer so far, weather-wise theres been scorching temperatures mixed with some serious rain and thunder  but the forecast for August is looking bright. Of course, Kyiv takes a siesta this month with most folk heading off to foreign climes, spending time at their dachas, or getting the train down to Crimea or Odesa to laze on the beach during the day and party all night long. We here at Whats On will also be taking our summer break as usual over the next couple of weeks, but we recognise that many will still be here, and as we are a Kyiv city guide, we are dedicating this issue to those of you who will remain in the city during August or are here for a little vacation yourselves.


Lifes a Beach, and its Free! - Picture Perfect
Dont worry if all your friends are going abroad in August and youre stuck in Kyiv, because as you know the city is one of the few landlocked places in the world with its own sandy beaches. And now, apparently, theyre all going to be free to use! According to Khvicha Meparishvili the head of Pleso, the state-owned company in charge of looking after the Dnipro River and all recreation spots in its vicinity, it is illegal for anyone to charge people to access any of the beaches.


Kitten and The Bear do Yalta - Ukraine Travel
When it comes to quick getaways, the options that make it worth your while are few. Theres Paris; however, Ukrainians still require visas to even think about flying there. Theres Turkey; but there again, you need to take the time to visit a travel agency. And then theres Crimea; which, despite the long-lasting reminders of Sovietism, boasts a beautiful sub-Mediterranean climate made possible because of its location sandwiched between mountains and sea.


Surfing the Ukrainian Wave - Active Kyiv
Its 07.00, Sunday morning, and while 99% of Kyiv citizens are dreaming away, I am already on the metro making my way to Heroiv Dnipra. I will be windsurfing today, and there is nothing that could possibly ruin that. Unless, that is, there is no wind
Yeah, I know what youre thinking: surfing in Kyiv is hardly possible. But Im talking about windsurfing which is something different altogether and for that we have everything we need.


Go Wild and Crazy in Kyivs Complexes - Active Kyiv
For all of you unlucky souls who will have to remain in Kyiv over the summer, take heed of all of the stuff everyone else is missing out on. From swimming pools, to go carts, to curling and more, Kyivs complexes are full of fun stuff to keep you entertained for hours. You may even find that you dont want to go home!


A Trip to Uman and Sofiivskiy Park - Ukraine Travel
Polish nobleman Count Stanislaw Szczesny Potocki must have loved his great wife Sofia very much because he created what is now one of the most famous examples of late eighteenth-early nineteenth century European garden design. And he spent a fortune doing it. With lakes, waterfalls, fountains, statues, ornate buildings and a plethora of flowers from all over Europe, it is a truly remarkable place and by far the most popular day trip from Kyiv. But Id never been. It was time to remedy that.
How about a trip to Uman this weekend, my friend Colin suggests one evening while Zhenya and I are having dinner with him and his wife Oksana. If youre not doing anything.


On the Hunt for Kyiv Sights - Kyiv Culture
Wandering around one of Kyivs biggest and most popular squares, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, one day, I came across a group of people waving flags and making a big old racket. They were offering Free Tours, which for Kyiv I thought was pretty cool indeed, and dipping out of work early the very next day (boss sanctioned, of course) I became a tourist myself. Wanna know what I learned? Read on.


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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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