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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 46 (2010)

46 (2010)/2010
10 December - 16 December
Finding the Face of Kyiv 2011
Whats On launches a new competition to find the most beautiful face in town

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From THE EDITOR (46) - Editorial
On Friday night, Slava Vakarachuk and his band Okean Elzy played the final concert in a seven month long tour, and some friends, colleagues and I decided to head out to the left bank and the International Exhibition Centre to take in the show. Now, one would expect after seven months of almost constant performing, the lads might be a bit tired, and I for one wasnt expecting it to be quite as good as the show in Palace Sport on 3 June which kicked off the tour. However, this assumption of mine proved wrong. Very wrong. For sure, one could hear the strain in Slavas voice, but you couldnt expect anything else after so many months of nightly shows, and, in fact, the extra huskiness added an extra rawness to the performance, which I for one appreciated.


EURO 2012 Mascots Named - Whats Up?
On Saturday the result of the public pole to name the two mascots for the UEFA EURO 2012 football finals was announced in Kyiv, and the two chaps have now been officially christened as Slavek and Slavko, which doubly ensures we know their ethnicity.
After a public vote in both Poland and Ukraine, these names came out as clear winners after garnering 56% of the vote. Other options on offer were Siemko and Strimko, and Klemek and Ladko which received 29 and 15 percent respectively.
The mascots were unveiled in Warsaw on 16 November, and now, after 39,233 people cast their votes, have been officially named.


Gazprom Pushes Hard for Joint Ventures - Whats Up?
Talk about using bullyboy tactics! On 1 December Russian gas and oil giant Gazprom publicly announced it had agreed two joint ventures with Naftogaz, which left Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov shouting, hang on a minute!
In its announcement, Gazprom said it had agreed two joint ventures with Naftogaz to produce gas in Ukraine, and to develop the offshore Pallas structure in the Black Sea, the latter of which is thought to contain 75 billion cubic metres of gas.


Yanukovychs Idea of Democracy - Whats Up?
Last week we were thinking he might actually be a reasonable chap, having vetoed the new tax bill, asking for it to be amended. With thousands of small and medium-sized business owners protesting on the streets of the capital, we, wrongly it would seem, assumed he was listening to their woes and acting upon them.
But it appears it was only a charade because after making some minor concessions, he sent in the riot police to disperse the protestors.


Your Chance to be the Face of Kyiv 2011 - Ukraine Today
The beauty of Ukrainian women is renowned throughout the world, and there are none more beautiful than in Kyiv. You can see it every day as you go about your business on the streets of this fair city, and youll hear it just as often from the lips of said fair maidens (theyre as modest as they are beautiful). But these days Kyiv is a diverse city, where many ethnicities and cultures are represented. And because of that Whats On is launching a new competition
Our aim is to find the most beautiful face in Kyiv, and in so doing we hope to highlight the diversity of the citys modern-day population. We know there are many beautiful ladies in this city, and we want to find the most beautiful, no matter what their background, culture, age, ethnicity, political persuasion, occupation, sexual orientation or religion.


Feel the Breeze - This Week
El Viento de Flamenco (dance, vocal, musical performance), House of Actors (Yaroslaviv Val 7), 11 December at 19.00
The Wind of Flamenco is a new programme of what organiser Eugene Sedko calls flamenco puro traditionally executed grace, style and charisma. A Spanish culture fanatic, Sedko and his guitar will whisk you away to the lands of Catalonia, and along with the movements of Elena Pryatkina, the vocals of Lilia Fernandez and Vitaliy Kostenko, and the percussive rhythms of Oleh Gogol, the invitation to visit a territory of emotion is yours.


HO HO HO - This Week
Christmas Kino, Master Klass Cultural Centre (Ivana Mazepy 34), Every Thursday for the month of December at 19.00
With Christmas well on its way, the folks over at the Master Klass Cultural Centre are getting into the spirit and will be featuring Christmas movies for the whole month of December. Remember Its a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooge from way back when you were a kid?


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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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