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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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2 (2012)/2012
27 January - 2 February
Does the love of your life empty your pockets?
The Spending Gap between genders here in Kyiv

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From THE EDITOR (2) - Editorial
I have often thought of Kyiv as a mans town; or at the very least an expat mans town. The streets heave with high-heeled hotties, the bars are stacked with babes in little more than bikinis, and everywhere you look there is someone new waiting to catch the eye. I will admit, there was a time when I felt it very hard to fit in. I mean, I look Canadian, I sound Canadian, and no matter how you dress it up, there is nothing overly exotic about eh or aboot.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
29 January 1918
Three hundred students meet with a 4,000-strong Bolshevik army at the Kruty train station to defend the region just beyond the Kyiv city limits. The battle was clearly won by the massive army. However, Ukraines first president, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, called the Kyiv defenders heroes, and poet Pavlo Tychyna devoted an ode to them.


Melting Snow in Central Sofia - Whats Up?
FEMEN were up to their old tricks again this time in Bulgaria. While bitterly cold over the weekend, they continued to strip down to their skivvies causing a traffic jam, of mostly male onlookers, who skidded to a halt to stop traffic. The slogan for the event? Their God is a woman, their mission is protest, their weapon are their breasts!!!

Yanukovych Refuses to Relent while Tymoshenko Rallies - Whats Up?
Ukraine has become hostage to enslaving gas agreements which have cause the country huge losses, billions of losses. We have been left with a huge external debt. Those who, regardless of office, pushed Ukraine to the edge of the abyss must bear responsibility before the Ukrainian people. Who do you think said that this weekend? Couldnt possibly have been Yanukovych, could it?


VIPs in the Breadline? - Whats Up?
Whereas the jolly man in the red suit brought presents to the good girls and boys of Ukraine over the holidays, his shadow persona, better known as Ukrainian hooligans, took them away. 
Over the course of the last two months, over a million dollars worth of goods has been quoted as stolen from family homes in the wealthy neighbourhood of Koncha Zaspa. Specifically, burglars have broken into eight houses of Ukrainian VIPs.


Lost Mayor Found - Whats Up?
Our dear Leonid Chernovetsky has popped up on the radar! Like Zorro, however, hes never seen, and instead leaves a sign that hes been around. Calling in to ensure all is well in the city administration, that sign has been through the telephone wires. From the Cosmos (as he is so often called and for good reason), Israel or his mansion in Koncha Zaspa, he keeps tabs on his dear city. We should all feel much safer now.

Putins Resorts to Populist Pandering - Whats Up?
We all might know the man must be a little worried after the results of the parliamentary elections, and with the presidential elections looming it might be somewhat understandable that this brutal authoritarian might try to garner some popularity, but to do so in such a pathetic manner is really quite humourous in a sad kind of way.


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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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