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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 44 (2011)

44 (2011)/2011
2 December - 8 December
The Kyiv Lions Club Presidents Gala Dinner 
A Roaring Good Time!

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From THE EDITOR (44) - Editorial
Man has many faces. It is something I believe is true of almost anyone. It is not until he has been given a position of power, however, that mans final and most horrible face often appears. This idea has been documented many times, the most recent pulp fiction example being the film The Experiment. Featuring 26 men who are chosen to participate as prisoners and guards for a psychological study, the result is absolute chaos.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
2 December 1960 
A steel plant in the town of Kryvy Rih fires up the Kryvoriz-Komsomolska stove at the time the biggest stove in the world! 

3 December 1976 
The Moscow Bridge crossing the Dnipro opens for operation. Considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world for its silhouette of the Cyrillic letter L, architect Anatoliy Dobrovolsky drafted the plans for its construction and he did it for free!


Larry King Live in Kyiv - Whats Up?
With a career spanning more than 25 years, and the interviews hes held somewhere around the 50,000 mark, the world-renowned American broadcaster, Larry King, was here in Kyiv earlier this week, making a special trip to interview Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. Taking a tour around the Babin Yar memorial and laying a wreath at the monument to all of the victims, Mr and Mrs King continued on to the Pecherska Lavra.


Two Kyiv Colleges Close - Whats Up?
The Whats On office has been in huge debate as of late over the quality of education Ukrainians receive. We have a couple of highly educated journalists working for us who have never paid a bribe in their lives. But does that mean they received a good quality education? While there are those who take the path of least resistance, dipping their fingers into daddys pocketbook rather than getting their heads in the textbooks, the closing of two Kyiv colleges recently reveals a poor education may not entirely be the fault of students after all.


Zoloti Vorota Not Just a Metro Station - Whats Up?
According to the BootsnAll Indie Travel guide, our own Zoloti Vorota metro station is among the most beautiful metro stations in the world! Taking 11th place among the most artistic subway stations from around the globe, BootsnAll calls it rich in mosaic decoration. The station got its name from the historical building (the main gate into ancient Kyiv back in the 12th century) that resides just beside it. Opening for business on New Years Eve 1989, many of its more prominent features, such as depictions of the Princes of Kyiv Rus, are made of valuable white marble. First place in this friendly underground rivalry went to the Champs-de-Mars station in Montreal, Canada.


A New Government for Christmas? - Whats Up?
There have been reports bouncing about from the LigaBusinessInform information agency that the Ukrainian government might actually be dismissed. Yes, you read that right. The Ukrainian government disbanded! While we have certainly sent Santa our Christmas list, which of course includes a brand new shiny president, never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined this!


It Costs Being a VIP - Whats Up?
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, this country has more than 109,000 cars that come with a price tag of more than $100,000, and nearly 30,000 of them are registered here in Kyiv! Aston Martins take the cake as the most exclusive VIP vehicle here in the capital. With only 30 running in the entire country, there is an astounding 18 on file for the city of Kyiv. Interestingly, the Maybach and Roll-Royce take second fiddle to the British sports car manufacturer.


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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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