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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.


What's On Archive 16 (2011)

16 (2011)/2011
6 May - 12 May
Discover the Art of Body Painting
Lessons from a master artist who uses the human form as her canvas

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From THE EDITOR (16) - Editorial
Isnt it just great? Isnt it simply blissfully wonderful? The sun has arrived at last, it is a delight to feel the warmth of it as one walks the streets of this beautiful city we all call home. Its been a mild winter by all accounts, but its been a long one, and while hints of the coming of spring have shown themselves repeatedly over the past month, its never seemed to have the strength to kick winter to the side. But now its finally pulled itself together, flexed its muscles, and given winter a good hard shove into the past, forcing the sun into a clear sky at last. And spring, being the accommodating chap he is, hasnt lingered long himself, and seems to have already moved aside to let summer come. As I write this, its a beautiful 22 degrees outside, and the sun is shining on the buildings of Kreshchatyk, gleefully glinting off their windows.


Will it be Bachelor One, Two or Three? - Whats Up?
The mid-May visit of the IMF, a recent Prime Ministerial visit to China, the long-negotiated free trade agreement with the EU and a dramatic last-ditch attempt by Russia to scupper it - Whats On has been left dazed and dizzy by all this geopolitical intrigue. And whilst the pressure to find a long-term economic partner continues to increase, so too does the apparent choice of partners on offer. Ukraine is suddenly the most popular girl at the party.


Land Reform in Ukraine: Over Before It Begins? - Ukraine Today
In March, the Verkhovna Rada refused to extend the existing moratorium on the purchase and sale of agricultural land. For the first time in the history of independent Ukraine, agricultural land can be bought and sold, and that raises a lot of concerns, chief among them who will end up owning the land (and we all pretty much know the answer to that)? Once they end up owning it, what will happen to it? And what will the future hold for those smallholders who currently own it and are forced to sell due to poverty and harsh economic conditions? Whats On wanted to get to the root of this debate (pun intended), but one first has to understand the current situation and where it could lead. Back to the Motherland we went.


Body Painting: The Most Natural Genre of Art? - Special Feature
No one knows exactly when it all started, but at some point more and more naked girls started appearing covered with paint and intricate designs. Many may have been repulsed by what they saw as a vulgar medium for advertising, but there is no question that painted models attract lots of attention to various exhibitions, and painting them is art!
It all started back in the beginning of the 20th century with the growth in popularity of avant-garde as a genre of art. Post-modern ideas found their incarnation in various forms such as tattooing, scarring, piercing, implantation, body modification, as well as in the form of expression we examine today - body painting.


Ukrainian Cost of the Soviet Victory - Ukraine History
Since 1965,  9 May has been officially celebrated as the Victory Holiday of the Soviet Peoples in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Since then, Ukraine has marked 9 May as a state holiday, accompanied by splendid military parades and other events, like a day off, with a festive concert and fireworks at night.
This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, so Party of Regions deputy Vadym Kolesnichenko has registered a draft resolution declaring 2011 a year of commemoration of the victims of the Great Patriotic War. In his explanatory note, Kolesnichenko states that this will promote patriotic feelings among the younger generation, using the example of our nations great victory.


Remember Your Last Trip to Turkey? - Take me out!
I have to confess, right here at the beginning, that I have never been to Turkey. Im a reasonably well travelled guy, but this is just one place I have never been. So, that meant that for the evening of the TUCC gathering here in Podils well known Turkish eatery, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to get. No preconceived ideas of what national Turkish dishes are like, or how they should taste, none.


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#16) - Competitions
Two great photos this week! Above we have the 32 metre high Standing Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand, send to us by Olena Tsymbalenko. And below we have someone who calls herself only Lesya K standing beside Titanic! How is it possible? We hear you cry, but this happens to be the Titanic Museum in Serierville, Tennessee. Rumour has it, the captain of the actual ship didn't spot the iceberg in time because he was catching up with the goings on in Kyiv with What's On!
Every month we will be giving away a pair of tickets to any scheduled Ukraine International Airlines destination absolutely free! And these excellent photos from Olena and Lesya are now in the running. But do you think you can do better?


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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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