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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.


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37 (2011)/2011
14 October - 20 October
The tide is high for Ukraines
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From THE EDITOR (37) - Editorial
Well, hello from a not so sunny Kyiv. The weather has decided to take a turn for the worst this week, and if you couldnt tell by all of the brightly-coloured orange, red and yellow leaves hitting the ground, it looks like were headed into autumn. Despite the cold, which may even dip to below zero come the weekend, this is a fabulous time of year. Its a time of harvest and celebration which means turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie earlier this week for the Canadians, and the very same next month for all the Americans.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
15 October 1926 
Russian drama theatre is opened in Kyiv. Named after the Ukrainian writer Lesya Ukrainka, it continues to successfully operate just outside of the Teatralna Metro station today. Drop in any night of the week to catch a comedy or drama in the Russian language. 

17 October 1113 
Historians claim this as the date the Mykhailivsky Cathedral was finally finished.


Dry Law for Kyiv? - Whats Up?
There is a new bill on the table for residents of Kyiv. If  adopted, it will mean a ban on the purchase of all alcohol and tobacco products between 20.00 08.00. Authorities claim they are open to feedback and will take the voice of the people into consideration before any bill gets passed. They have already had a number of comments on the city administrations official website (www.kmv.gov.ua) and many are not happy with the proposed changes.


Boycotting UEFA? - Whats Up?
Our dear president Viktor Yanukovych has got a plan for Euro 2012. It includes making sure the world sees Ukraine as he sees it: big, beautiful and bez stray animals. The first two shouldnt be a problem. The country is big and there are parts that are breathtakingly beautiful. Its that third point that might prove a little more cumbersome. Hoping to somehow rid the countrys streets of stray cats and dogs, there have been reports that mobile incinerators have been deployed, animals are being burned (sometimes alive) and that some animals have even received poisonous injections which effectively paralyse respiratory muscles.


Ukrainian Contemporary Art Hits London - Whats Up?
Ukrainian contemporary artists are getting a lot of exposure in Europe these days, especially with what organisers are claiming is the first large-scale exhibition of Ukrainian modern artists in London. The Flaxon-Ptootch Salon and Gallery has turned into an island of everything Ukrainian, and is complete with traditional Ukrainian food, music and decorative items. On top of the various pieces of Ukrainian modern art on display, work-shops, discussions and concerts are also a part of the programme and give all Londoners a chance to meet Ukraine in their own hometown. Open until 9 November, the exhibition is showcasing the works of Anna Khomenko, Lesya Kara-Kotsya, Anna Sayenko, Dmytro Danylov and a number of other progressive artists from all over Ukraine.


Dasha Does AnastasiaDate.com - Whats Up?
Dasha Astafieva is a well-known name in Ukraine, most notably for her vocal talent in the waning-in-popularity pop-group Nikita. But thats not all shes known for. Featured as playmate of the month for Playboys 2009 January edition, the girl from Ordzhonikidze hit the world stage and is the same one responsible for stealing the heart of the old Playboy mogul.


Stadium Doors Flung Wide Open - Whats Up?
Promising a grand event, Saturday 6 October witnessed the long-awaited opening of the massive Olympic Stadium. Complete with an approximate 2,500 artistic participants, the evening began with a programme highlighting Ukraines history throughout the ages. Dancing children, fire-entertainers, balloon-carrying acrobats, a floating ship and a WWII bomber covered the pitch and had everyones attention.


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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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