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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 35 (2011)

35 (2011)/2011
30 September - 6 October
Finding New Talent In Ukraine
Searching out those who could make it big based on talent

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From THE EDITOR (35) - Editorial
It is with a heavy heart I write this, my last editorial for the magazine. It was almost five years ago when I started with Whats On as deputy editor, and almost at once I fell in love with the magazine and the team that worked on it. Back then Peter Dickinson was the chief editor, and we had Anatoliy, Yulia, Nastya and Natasha as journalists, with Lyosha doing the design. A little over four years ago, Peter moved on to other things and I had the honour of taking over. Since then the team has changed, but I love the new team every bit as much as the old team they work hard, they are creative, they try to do the best they possibly can every single week to bring you the most entertaining magazine. I myself have loved writing for you.


British to Pay $1400 for Visa - Whats Up?
Continuing with the theme of visas this week, if youve read the main story on the opposite page you will now know that Ukraines visa-free regime will be strictly enforced from now on, and that while the visa regime has been simplified, no one really knows exactly whats going on.


It Will be Ready! - Whats Up?
Whats On had another exclusive look inside Olympic Stadium only two weeks before the official opening. And as you can see from the photo, its almost ready. Come 8 October Ukraine will at last have a national stadium it can be proud of!


Putin for Another Eight Years - Whats Up?
Weve always referred to Medvedev as Putins puppet, and on Monday morning he proved us right by announcing hes not going to enter a second term as president of our neighbour to the east, but has recommended his predecessor return instead. This clearly means that Putin will be elected President of Russia next year, and means he could, and probably will, be in power for another eight years. Medvedev, as you might expect, would return to the position of prime minister.


New Visa Rules: Confused? You will be! - Whats Up?
On 1 June, 2011, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine issued new laws regarding visas. They came into effect on September 10 this year. As far as we could see, the authorities were still trying to work out the details only days before it came into effect, so it seemed pointless writing about it. Since then, not much has changed, and most expats requiring visas remain in differing stages of confusion.


The Secrets of Kyiv Theatre Life - Kyiv Culture
Kyiv is one huge theatre and all the people are its actors. This is the famous quote I had in my head as I walked around some of the oldest theatres in town late one afternoon just last week. The weather was beautiful. The scenery, stunning. The information, very interesting!
Have you ever been to Ukrainskiy Dim on European Square? Certainly you have! But Im willing to bet you didnt know that back in the 19th century it was the first theatre in all of Kyiv.


Rookies of the Industry - Ukraine Today
Growing like mushrooms after the rain is a saying we use in Ukraine that pertains to anything growing in size at astronomical rates. Here in Kyiv specifically, this can be said about our show biz. Because from music to fashion to art weve got an inordinate amount of new faces appearing each and every day.
There are, of course, the top reality/talent shows which mass produce the countrys latest stars; soliciting resumes, interviews and auditions in the hope they might be able to make a buck.


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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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