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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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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8 (2011)/2011
11 March - 17 March
From Soviet to Stylish!
How fashions have changed for Ukrainian women over the years

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From THE EDITOR (8) - Editorial
I am writing this on the morning of 8 March, Womens Day (after an hours wait outside our office because the security guard decided by himself that no one would be working today, and therefore he didnt have to either), and this day always makes me reflect upon the phenomenon that is the Ukrainian Woman. I put aside the fact that here this day is a national holiday where all banks and businesses close (unless you have a weekly magazine to produce) seems quite ludicrous, and that after Christmas, New Year, birthdays, and Valentines Day, another day on the calendar where women expect flowers, presents and dinners seems a bit much to me, and try to enter into the spirit of things and celebrate women; more specifically, Ukrainian women.


Protests over Kiwi Win a Wife Competition - Whats Up?
Sometimes we just cant believe the stories we come across, but this is a corker. A New Zealand radio station has just selected the winner in its Win a Wife' competition, and he will soon be landing in Kyiv to meet his prospective bride as the tagline of the competition read 'Win a 12-day trip to Ukraine to meet a hot Eastern European lady who might marry you'.


Ukraine is Top in Piracy - Whats Up?
Ukraine seems to be coming top in a lot of lists these days. Unfortunately, however, none of them are good. A recent report from the US Department of Trade places our much-loved Petrivka market at the top of a global list of markets that sell counterfeit products.
According to the list, Ukraine ranks among the global mega-sellers of pirated products such as China, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Thailand, and, surprise-surprise, Russia.


Yanukovych Undergoes Knee Surgery - Whats Up?
For a moment there we thought this said brain and not knee, but sadly, its just his knee. Apparently our beloved president injured his knee, not while kicking someone or running from office to office desperately trying to run the country and recover the economy, but when playing tennis.
The big chap underwent knee surgery in May 2007, and on that occasion he jetted off to Spain to have it done. This time, however, he trusted the joint in his leg to Ukrainian surgeons, probably because now he is president he thinks it would be a bad show to have it done anywhere else (unlike Tony Blair whom, during the MMR scandal when he was declaring it was perfectly safe for all UK children, he sent his kids to Europe to have individual vaccinations), and for that he has to be respected.


Fashionable Kyiv - Kyiv Culture
Warmer weather means spring is on its way, which also means Ukrainian Fashion Week will soon be the countrys focus. This year, however, its not just the ladies who are being made up to look gorgeous: Kyiv Fashion Park is hoping to do the same to some of the citys already pleasant places.
Kyiv Fashion Park is a project that has brought together contemporary artists, sculptors, designers in fact anyone with a wish to make Kyiv a little more stylish and interesting.


A Dynamic Man About Town - My Kyiv
Dane, Kasper Ditlevsen, has been a very well known face on Kyivs social scene since he first turned up in Kyiv in 2006, but we wondered if theres a serious side to this man who loves to party. We found the answer is a definite yes, and in fact his work these days takes precedence over his social life.


The Fashion Time Machine - Ukraine Today
With Ukraines biggest event in fashion making available all the new styles for 2012 close at hand, we thought we would take a little trip back to a time when clothing was much simpler, and looked nothing like it does today. Soviet fashion can hardly be called fashionable. However, it does have a sort of underlying aura to it. So to help us see just how far we have come, contemporary critic and designer Oksana Karavanska will be joining us on this journey through Ukrainian design.
Whether you experienced it firsthand or witnessed it through Soviet propaganda posters that seem to be all the rage these days, fashion in the days of the Soviet UNI0N was not as avant garde as it is today.


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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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