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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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38 (2011)/2011
21 October - 27 October
Fashion in Kyiv has never been better!

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From THE EDITOR (38) - Editorial
Ukrainian news has been hitting the ball back and forth recently between the scandalous Tymoshenko trial and the UEFA preparations. The former, as we should all know by now, has tried and sentenced the past premier for having her hand in the cookie jar; something our current president allegedly and a hundred (at least) other parliamentarians and businessmen are equally guilty of. Its a bogus result and one that does not reflect well on the country.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
21 October 1672 
The great Pylyp Orlyk is born. Fighting for Ukraines independence in alliance with Swedish King Charles XII, Orlyk was one of the few to be part of hetman Ivan Mazepas closest circle. After the death of Mazepa, he took over the role of hetman and was Ukraines go-to guy from 1710-1742. His greatest achievement, however, has to be in writing Ukraines (and  one of Europes) first constitutions. It is one of the first documents that calls for political separation from Russia.


Poor Ukrainians - Whats Up?
The International Day of Poverty came and went at the beginning of the week with the country eagerly patting itself on the back for its lowest poverty rate since 2001. Last year, 24% of families were below the poverty line, and in 2009 that number was even higher, at 29%. While current stats show signs of improvement, Ukraine still suffers a major plight where poverty is concerned, and every fourth family (children and working adults) is, by national standards, considered poor.


Ball of Chrysanthemums - Whats Up?
The first autumn Ball of Chrysanthemums opened over the weekend at Spivache Pole. Its a competition among school students between ten city districts for various prizes. Themes include A Japanese Garden in Autumn and Tricks of Nature. Youve got until 30 October to take it in.


Shevchenko Doppelganger - Whats Up?
Look in the mirror. Get the feeling your face resembles somebody famous? If the image looking back at you includes a solemn expression, a big burly moustache and a hairline that has gone far past just receding, (ladies lets hope this doesnt apply to you), then have we got the competition for you! Organised by the Kapranovy brothers for the Knyzhkovy Svit book fair here in the capital next month, the search for Shevchenkos double began 13 October.


Paris in Kyiv - Whats Up?
While she may not be the cats meow back home anymore, the rich and famous Paris Hilton has found a following in Eastern Europe as of late. There was talk we may never again see the celebrity socialite and star of the television series The Simple Life after a bare-breasted activist from FEMEN bombarded her at a press conference for judges of the Miss Ukraine pageant in September. Lapping up the love and adoration of fans in Poland earlier this month, she spared a little time for the folks over at Ukraine Fashion Week on the weekend where she was the ultimate ray of sunshine. Catching the eye of everyone in the room, Paris wore a sinuous golden gown from Andre Tan highlighting plenty of cleavage and lots of leg.


Homophobic Parliamentarians Drum Up New Law - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian parliament is considering legislation that could restrict public information about homosexuality. Aimed at banning what they term the propaganda of hooliganism, the private members bill has been introduced by several members of parliament; individuals it would seem that have their own personal feelings toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the LGBT rights programme at Human Watch, has an obvious problem with the proposed legislation.


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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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