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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 41 (2011)

41 (2011)/2011
11 November - 17 November
The British Film Festival Opens!
Make sure youve got a good supply of Pork Scratchings and Strawberry Bonbons!

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From THE EDITOR (41) - Editorial
Picture this: its one of the last remaining beautiful days autumn 2011 is going to allow. The sun is shining; the leaves lay yellow across the ground; the cars in the street are few; the sounds of quiero cerveza ring all around me (Spanish tourists are walking the Uzviz) and I think I quiero cerveza too. Its not an unlikely turn of events. Ive got family in town (yes, again), and Im thinking we could all do with a nice afternoon out. Rather than head to the pub, however, we continue down Andrews Descent until we get to what is quite possibly our favourite little gastronomic hideaway.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
13 November 1889 
Famous Ukrainian novelist and satirical writer Ostap Vyshnya is born. His hilarious short stories cheered the nation at a time when they were needed most, turning him into a national hero.

16 November 1913 
The Tchaikovsky Conservatory opens in Kyiv replete with a visit from Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky himself. The first teacher at this distinguished institution was the famous Reinhold Glière.


Ukraine A Drain Collector For Russian Pop-Crap - Whats Up?
Ukraines Verkhovna Rada passed a law recently stating the quota for Ukrainian product placement on radio and television has been reduced to 25%. The previous allocation of national versus foreign audio/visual material was a required 50%. But with this new law, introduced by Party of Regions Olena Bondarenko, fans of Ukrainian radio and television will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with high quality products more than they ever have before.


Another Four Charges Against Tymoshenko? - Whats Up?
It would appear that not only are complaints from the EU over the political persecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko going unheard by Yanukovych, but he is thumbing his nose at the whole continent. Not only did he throw Tymoshenko in jail and then have a murder case re-opened, hes now had the tax police (a gang he seems to be making good use of recently) reopen another four criminal investigations against her.


A City of All Sorts - Whats Up?
There were clashes in Kyiv on Monday as hundreds of Communist supporters marched down the capitals main street of Khreshchatyk in commemoration of the 94th anniversary of the October Revolution. Carrying red flags and banners which read Long Live the Communist Party, they made a proper racket. Their enthusiasm was curtailed by a number of activists/nationalists, mainly from the Svoboda party, who tried unsuccessfully to stop the marchers.


Ukrainian Girls: Beware! - Whats Up?
A man charged with the killing and dismemberment of a Ukrainian call-girl was found guilty earlier this week. Alla Mefodova disappeared in Mijas in April of last year, with only her hands recovered by the police. Apparently, the man confessed that he had enlisted the services of Bianca (the name Mefodova gave him) whom he brought back to his house. At which point he drank a bottle of whiskey, shooted some coke and then fell asleep. When he awoke, the woman was dead.


A Game of Cat and Mouse - Whats Up?
Russia wants in on the World Trade Organisation. Ukraine wants cheaper gas. The US wants Russia to join the Information Technology Agreement. To that end, theres a little game of cat and mouse going on between all three countries. The problem is, the distinction as to who is playing what role varies often, and while somebody may be playing cat today, theres no reason why they might not be mouse tomorrow.


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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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