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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 43 (2011)

43 (2011)/2011
25 November - 1 December
Cooking Up A Musical Storm God and Gareth Emery 
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From THE EDITOR (43) - Editorial
Someone once told me to write like everyone I knew was dead. Which meant I shouldnt let anything get in the way of a good story. Not the truth or peoples feelings. It was scratch that is good advice and something I carry with me to this day. Unfortunately, it has also meant that I have found myself in bit of hot water at various times where different friends and family are concerned. For the sake of a good story, however, its not something they stay mad about for too long.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
25 November 1905 
The first legal Ukrainian-language newspaper called Khliborob is published in Russian Ukraine. Created for community donation in the town of Lubny town, the Russian Empire was so afraid of separatist movements gaining momentum that it was cancelled after the print of its 5th edition.


Victims Get the Bird - Whats Up?
The mind and the body are each very interesting pieces of work. Typically without the one, the other just seems to stop. There are, however, reported incidents of each working independently of the other. The Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Nina Karpachova is one case in point. 
Victims of Chornobyl could be found outside the Cabinet of Ministers building on Wednesday 16 November, demonstrating against an impending ruling that could cut their financial support to a miniscule amount. 
Leaving the building, Nina Karpachova was asked for a quick recapitulation. It was  cold outside and poor Nina was without her coat.


Stray Dogs to Get a Reprieve? - Whats Up?
A few weeks ago we highlighted the plight of the countrys stray dogs, thousands of which have been killed in the past year by poisoning, injection and even incineration in order to clean the streets before the EURO 2012 football championships. If you had half a mind, you might realise the many more worse things on Ukraines city streets to worry about. The government doesnt see it that way.


Biggest Crane in Europe Found in the Dnipro Literally - Whats Up?
Attempting to construct a bridge to better connect the two sides of Kyiv, on Friday18 November a massive crane fell into the river with its huge100-metre arm! Produced at Lenins Kuznya (Blacksmith) factory here in Kyiv, the crane was affectionately called Zakhar and was designed specifically for the Podolsko-Voskresenky Bridge. It should have gone on to live a full and normal life, with plans to build several more bridges.


25 Possible I Dos - Whats Up?
Before taking his turn on the most-watched television show for 2011, the inaugural Ukrainian edition of The Bachelors Maksim Chmerkovskiy has a few words of wisdom for the second seasons single guy: dont do it! 
As the first to star on this dating/reality TV show here in Ukraine, the ten-time Dancing with the Stars professional Latin Ballroom dance champ was left more than just a little uninspired after the show ended this June.


American Homeless in Ukraine! - Whats Up?
No one should take pleasure in anothers misfortune, but we have to admit, this story making waves in the US made us laugh. Apparently, an American man, Cary Dolego, ended up homeless on the streets of Chernivtsi recently having fallen for an internet dating scam.
Dolego, who has allegedly stood for governor of Arizona, made a trip to Ukraine on one of those group dating schemes some immoral folk in the States like to operate. Having found no takers in the US for his amazing invention that stops ships from sinking and planes from exploding after theycrash, he decided to sell everything he had and head over here. He hoped, he says, not only to find love, but to find someone who would believe in his  fabulous invention.


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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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