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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 29 (2011)

29 (2011)/2011
1 August - 31 August
Happy 20th Ukraine!

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From THE EDITOR (29) - Editorial
As I write this Ive yet again had to run the gauntlet of protestors and counter-protestors outside the Pechersk Court on Kreshchatyk, getting deafened by the two booming sound systems they try and out shout each other with. Its really exceptionally annoying! This morning, however, I was struck with an interesting thought as I passed the counter-protestors, who, unlike the protestors, all stand in regimented lines looking as if theyre ready to fall asleep. The thought that struck me was this: Yanukovych says the Tymoshenko trial is not politically motivated, and yet here is a crowd of people standing waving Party of Regions flags, the party of which he is in charge. Thats just plain stupid, is it not? This great country is turning 20 in a couple of weeks, and yet the people running it are complete imbeciles.


Happy 20th Ukraine! - Ukraine History
It may have a very long and interesting history, but ironically, this great country we live in is one of the youngest in the world. Later this month, Ukraine turns 20, and we here at Whats On would like to wish the country and every one in it, a very happy birthday. As part of this issue dedicated to this great celebration, were taking a look back at the last 20 years, noting the most important events in the countrys young life as it comes of age.


Thoughts from our First President - Ukraine History
Turning the big 2-0 this year, Ukraine has the opportunity to create a new path for itself amidst all of the din and gloom it has come face to face with in the past. But it won't come without adjustments. Wondering what the countrys first president, Leonid Kravchuk, would do if he were at the helm these days, we sit down with him and ask.


A Different Perspective - Ukraine Today
Depending on your perspective, twenty years may seem like a lot or a little amount of time. Trees grow to be thousands of years old, and so twenty years to a oak is nothing! On the other hand, a twenty-year old car is considered something of a relic. But what does twenty years mean in terms of a country? And depending on whether you were born here or arrived at the turn of independence, does your perspective change?
The collapse of the Iron Curtain, not unlike that inflated white dress of Marilyn Monroe, revealed something very special in 1991. Rather than showing just a little leg, however, the world got the whole shebang right up front. What was revealed and how has it changed? Fun-loving expat/restaurateur Falk Nebiger and top Ukrainian businessman Andriy Guley have been here throughout.


Stuck In The City? - Take me out!
August the last month of summer and probably the hottest and most depressing for those stuck in the concrete jungle does not have to be a horrible 31 day countdown. This is Kyiv after all, and there is always something to do!


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#29) - Competitions
We're sticking with Europe this week, and another visit to the amazing Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, northern Spain. Hailed as a signal moment in architecture, the design of the building is just as interesting as the contemporary art it contains. Yana Sokolovska snapped this shot, and the museum's curator got very interested in our mag! Below we're back in the city of love, Paris. Olga Yermak sent us an excellent series of photos from this beautiful city, and we've selected the Arc de Triomphe as the best shot for its quirky and bold insertion of What's On. 
Every month we will be giving away a pair of tickets to any scheduled Ukraine International Airlines destination absolutely free!


Face of Kyiv 2011 (#29) - Competitions
Name: Irina Fitisova
Age: 20
Height: 168cm
Education: Kyiv University of Tourism, Economics and Law
Occupation: Student
Nationality: Belarusian
Ethnicity: Belarusian
About Irina: Im a kind person, purposeful and optimistic. Im an attractive girl who loves nightlife, communication, travel, films and most of all art. Im trying to create something new and beautiful every day to make this world better.


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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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