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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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28 October - 3 November
Halloween in Kyiv is Spooktacular!

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Ding dong Gaddafis dead. And the nation rejoiced by taking amateur videos and photographs of the mans lifeless body as it sat in a refrigerator. It was a long journey to get to this point. But it is one that if not the whole then certainly the majority of Libya is celebrating. It comes after almost eight months of revolution, much of it bloody. The uprising of this North African country trails fast on the heels of those seen in Tunisia and Egypt earlier in the year, which then spurred movement throughout most of the Arab world.


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1 November 1927 
The first official day of Kyivs football club, Dynamo. Helped throughout the years by the legendary Valeriy Lobanovsky, it has competed against Shakhtar Donetsk almost every year for the league title since its existence, proving itself to be one of the strongest Ukrainian teams around.


Ukrainian Christmas at the Vatican - Whats Up?
Trees from the western part of the country will stand tall and proud in St Peters Square at the Vatican for Christmas this year, as Ukraine has been chosen to deck out the official residence of the Pope! Selected and ready to travel over two thousand kilometres in order to arrive a month before the blessed event, the trees did go through a strict screening process in order to be considered, including a minimum height of 30 metres. There was tough competition there for awhile, but a fir found deep in the heart of the Carpathians surpassed all of the expectations of judges. Receiving a full round of tens, it was selected and will be decorated with ornaments traditional to Ukraine (another requirement) no doubt making it the talk of the town around St Peters Square.


The Ukrainian Court System: A Well-oiled Machine - Whats Up?
Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukrainian politician and former Minister of Internal Affairs, was charged with abuse of office in December of last year. Sitting in prison for the alleged overpayment of less than $5,000 to his driver, he went on a hunger strike in the spring of this year losing 14kg in the process.


Lost in Time - Whats Up?
Over the last two months, deputies of the Verkhovna Rada have been trying to decide what time Ukrainians should march to. Overlooking the musical 2/4 rhythm typical for such a swagger, they jumped onto the Russian bandwagon which cancelled the adjustment of clocks come the characteristic spring and fall changeover. The hullabaloo surrounding the whole event came from Ukrainian journalists wanting to be on the same time with Moscow.


Please Drive Carefully - Whats Up?
The Ministry of Emergencies has released information regarding a car crash that killed eight people on 23 October in the Poltava region. A passenger car collided with a trailer truck parked on the side of the road at about 23.50 Sunday night killing all eight in the car instantly and sending the truck driver to hospital.


Boryspil Gets a Bad Rap - Whats Up?
A survey has emerged detailing the world's worst air transportation centres for passenger comfort, and our own International Boryspil Airport has made it into the Top 10. Published by the Guide to Sleeping in Airports international portal, Kyiv came fifth, less worse only than Manila, Frances Beauvais Paris, Klefavik Iceland and Bergamo in Italy. According to reports made by passengers who have travelled through Boryspil's recently renovated Terminal B, it lacks seats, has few services for those on layovers and cases of fraud are frequent.


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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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