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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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3 (2012)/2012
3 February - 9 February
Le Crazy Horse 
rides into town with a show of Intimate Proportions

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From THE EDITOR (3) - Editorial
I was listening to a little Louis CK over the weekend with a few friends. For those who might not know, this guy is a very verbose, at times crass but extremely funny. Most of the things that come out of his mouth are intended to offend or shock; something he gets a kick out of, and, to be fair, makes people laugh once they get over the initial bombshell. One of his routines has him talking about how good it is to be white. Not that white people are better, but that being white is clearly better.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
8 February 1116
Kyiv ruler Volodymyr Monomach compiles all of his wisdom in the book, Edification to Children. Advising his offspring on how to rule the country, overcome enemies and remain noble and generous, this is the first autobiographical text in the history of Ukraine.

7 February 1483
Ukrainian scientist and President of Bologna University, Yuriy Drohobych, publishes his book A Prognostic Look At the Year 1483. Acting as an astrological calendar, it shows the link between the positions of planets and stars with world political and world events. There are only two copies available today.


Tax on Religion - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian Lavra has become a profitable business as of late, raising the prices of their traditional Ukrainian rituals to ridiculous rates. Quoting the rise in cost as standard practise when compared to the inflation almost every other sphere in the country is facing, they say they are justified.


Ballet Boy Storms Out - Whats Up?
Ukrainian-born principal dancer with the prestigious British Royal Ballet, Serhiy Polunin, has recently walked out amid a flurry of bizarre tweets. The tweets, such as "Who wants to live forever anyway??? ReallyJ", a picture of him in an untidy flat with a beer in his hand and a request for heroin have given cause for concern about his state of mind. 
Polunin joined the Royal Ballet at the age of 13 and was showered with awards and accolades, before becoming their youngest ever Principal in 2010.


Another Toy for the President? - Whats Up?
The decorations have been put away, the tree has been tossed and we are all walking about with a few extra pounds, but that hasnt stopped our dear president from continuing to receive gifts. Ukrainian taxpayers (read: each and every one of us) have generously funded a plane for Mr Yanukovych.


Poisoned Apples - Whats Up?
Bad news for all the lovers of fresh produce out there: over half of vendors here in Kyiv have been selling spoilt goods! Throughout the last year, more than 2,000 trade points were checked, where research revealed that buying fruit and vegetables in the street, at the market, even in the shop, could be just as harmful to your health as going out to the forest and gnawing on poisoned apples from old women disguised as evil queens!


Ukraine in Davos How Embarrassing! - Whats Up?
Ukraines international reputation must have hit an all time low last week when its two political representatives abroad, Yanukovych and FEMEN, humiliated the whole nation at the International Economic Forum in Davos.


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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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