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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 36 (2011)

36 (2011)/2011
7 October - 13 October
The Ins and Outs of Celebrity TV with The Royal Lifes
Lera Chernenko

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From THE EDITOR (36) - Editorial
Whats On has been around for a while. More than 12 years! And as all things in life go through a cycle, its now got a new chief editor! I have long been a fan of Whats On. In my eight years here in Ukraine it was one of the first things I went in search of come Friday evening; that and the usual bottle (or three) of shampanski shared with the girls. We would pour over it lavishly (the magazine that is) as we sipped back the bubbly, and, as we figured out which venues to take in over the next week, everything in the world seemed right.


Argentina: The New Turkey - Whats Up?
As of 2 October, citizens of Ukraine will be able to travel, visa free, to beautiful Argentina. A recently implemented intergovernmental agreement allows citizens of both countries to enter, stay for up to 90 days, leave and transit through either country without any hassle or legal obstacle. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, they are hoping this will intensify the cultural as well as tourist relations between the two countries.


Holocaust Victims Found in Dnipropetrovsk - Whats Up?
While President Yanukovych was commemorating Babyn Yar victims of the Holocaust in Kyiv earlier this week, a massive tomb of innocents was found in Dnipropetrovsk. The remains were uncovered during the reconstruction of the citys football field only a half a metre down. Historians say the area on which the field rests was an anti-tank ditch during World War II, where German soldiers used to execute prisoners of war as well as innocent civilians.


No Holds Barred, Only Teeth - Whats Up?
Its getting dangerous to be a security guard these days. On the lookout for rowdy teenagers always getting into mischief, Ukrainian community leaders have become equally if not more problematic for our local defenders of the peace. Meeting late last week, the Luhansk city council was in session to discuss a proposal to move a popular food market to the outskirts of the city from its current location in the city centre.


EU Bluster Over Tymoshenko Trial Means Nothing - Whats Up?
EU foreign ministers met in Poland a few weeks ago, and almost all of them attacked the Tymoshenko trial, saying it was politically motivated and that it put in serious jeopardy the signing of the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU. We wrote at the time that it was all bluster, and it turns out we were right because at the weekend, EU President Herman van Rumpuy said the EU still expected to sign the agreement by the end of the year, despite the trial.


Ukrainian University Degrees Are Worthless - Whats Up?
We once had two students working for Whats On who were both studying English and German at Ukraines most prestigious university, Taras Shevchenko. One girl was a passionate learner who not only studied the university curriculum fastidiously, but read books and watched movies in English and German. She was an excellent communicator in both languages. The other girl was not so: her English was poor and her German non-existant, but she was connected.


Dear Viktor Fedorovych, - Opinion
It appears to us here at Whats On that youre having a few public relations disasters at the moment, and that you may be in need of some help. Together with the Tymoshenko debacle and the Russian gas dispute, it seems that youve managed to alienate just about everybody who matters on the world stage, to say nothing of the electorate back home. Whilst we here at Whats On hold no PR qualifications, were worldly-wise, and if you take our advice, youd struggle to do a worse job than you are currently. With that in mind, dear Viktor, we urge you to read on.


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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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