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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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From THE EDITOR (5) - Editorial
Kyiv is a fun city at most times of the day (the exception being -30 degree weather in heels on public transport), until the sun goes down when it becomes even merrier. With so many pubs, clubs, concerts, networking events, exhibition openings and parties both private and public to choose from, youd have to schedule your days and nights a good few months in advance to be able to fit it all in. There are some evenings in the Ukrainian capital, however, that just seem to plan themselves, and one can end up in places one would never typically plan on taking in.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
17 February 1919
Ukraine asks the US and the Alliances for help in fighting the Bolsheviks. By May, the Ukrainian National Republic army retakes Podillia and Kamianets-Podilsky becomes the capital. 

22 February 1945
The city decides to build Kyiv a subway and has an initial 1,000,000 roubles with which to play. Professionals from Moscow are asked for their expertise, and four years later the first tunnel appears.


Just Checking In - Whats Up?
European and North American ambassadors, along with a number of international medical organisations have become increasingly worried about Yulia Tymoshenkos health. So much so they sent in an application to the Prosecutor Generals office requesting she be examined by an independent medical team. Conducted by five German and Canadian doctors of differing specialities, they were given access to the former Prime Minister in Kachanivska Penal Colony No 54 in Kharkiv on 13 February.


McRules! - Whats Up?
Rumours abound as to the popularity of the Kyiv Vokzalna McDonalds, and according to a press release by the parent company, the tales have been confirmed! Taking 2,455,028 orders in last year alone, the McDonalds located at the Kyiv train station is a popular place, winning second most visited out of more than 33,000 locations worldwide! 
Americans can no longer be accused of being the only junk food addicts.


New Digits - Whats Up?
Its alarming, and also a little scary, that 74% of Europeans do not know what number to call in Europe in case of an emergency, so says a survey published on the official EU website. For many Western European countries that number is 112. Here in Ukraine, at least for the moment, that number is 103.


The Capital Welcomes the King of Opera - Whats Up?
Its just been announced! Placido Domingo will be performing here in Kyiv two days prior to the EURO 2012 final! Accompanied by the Kyiv Classic Ukrainian Orchestra, this nine- Grammy Award winning tenor will give a two-hour performance on Sophiivska Ploscha. In addition to his well-known arias from famous operas, there is even talk of a Ukrainian element with a Ukrainian soprano! Incredible!

Only Those with the Big Bucks Need Apply - Whats Up?
Becoming a deputy of the Kyiv Rada aint cheap. In fact it will cost you a cool 5,000,000hrv. Apparently, this sum is meant to cover the organisation of tents, advertising and payments to observers during the elections, which is not very much at all, especially if owning a little piece of Kyiv property, land, the works is in your sights.


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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.

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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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