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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 48 (2011)

48 (2011)/30
December2011 - 19 January2012
The Naked Truth
Whats On Bares All This 2012

Kyiv Culture
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From THE EDITOR (48) - Editorial
The New Year is upon us. I know this only because someone has put up a Christmas tree in our office and cards wishing all the best for 2012 have started arriving. Otherwise, there has been little time this week (or snow for that matter) to really get out and notice the season of joy or go walking in the Winter Wonderland we should be experiencing by now. Instead, I sit in my chair in front of a blank Word document and contemplate what great words of wisdom to pass on this week.


Crime in Ukraine - Kyiv Culture
Crime in Ukraine isnt typically violent but it is prevalent. Take the time to remind yourself about these few scams that happen all the time in our entrepreneurial city so youre not the next victim.
It could happen to you. Youre walking down the street, probably smiling unaccountably, as expats are wont to do, and you see the man walking ahead of you drop his wallet and continue. Instinctively, you snatch it up and tap him on the shoulder, already basking in the warmth of your good deed.


The Twelve Courses of Christmas - Take me out!
Deck the halls, Device the Café, its Christmas time in the city. This season is one of the biggest and brightest for many, not just for Frosty, Rudolph and the illustrious Snegurochka, but for the people you celebrate it with. This past 8 December was a great example of just how Holly Jolly Christmas truly is as friends new and old gathered to roast a few chestnuts at the last TUCC event for 2011.


Living and Breathing the Nativity - Kyiv Traditions
When those from the west will already be thinking about taking down the tree and storing the decorations for another year, Eastern Orthodox believers are just getting started. Christmas comes to Ukraine starting 6 January, and combining ancient pagan beliefs with Christian religion, the country maintains the bright and distinctive traditions of this festive occasion. Forgetting about the dates and deadlines of the modern globalised world, join Whats On while we take you on a tour of our holiday, made all the better with songs by kolyadnyky and illustrations of the vertep.


Pipelines and More Pipelines - Special Feature
Its a game of unfair advantage for some and pure spite for others. How will you play the game? And will you win or lose?
The world of European energy is as fascinating as it is fraught. Energy (usually gas) comes from the north and east, and flows to the EU customer states in the west. Resource-rich Asian states like Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are developing their fields around the Caspian.


All Things Considered (#48) - Just a Minute
Whats What
Im leaving.
Not the country, but the magazine. For one reason or another, I have to say goodbye to the rag Ive come to know and love, and Im sad. As such, this last page is devoted to a look back and a look forward. How did this moment come to pass? I arrived in Ukraine in late-March, accompanying my wife (Bubski), who was posted out here on secondment. Id never written before and started a blog, because I thought it would be the easiest way to keep family and friends up to date, and because it was something to do. I discovered I liked writing, and emailed the editor of Whats On (then Neil Campbell) to ask if I could do a little writing.


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#48) - Competitions
Alla Melenchuk opted for a very interesting pose. Not her with her What's On necessarily, but the flashing babies! Walking around the grounds of the Prague Museum of Modern Art, there were a number of other sculptures she could have included. They, however, were not appropriate for such a modest family publication.
Another exciting entry is the one below. Many people mistakenly claim the Tower Bridge as the famous London Bridge.


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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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