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7 (2014)
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 (6) - Editorial
My Blackberry broke shortly before Christmas. At first I thought it was the battery, that maybe it was somehow a misfit from the factory. It would charge ever so slightly when it was plugged in. It would then remain at the please charge me level, until I unplugged it, and then promptly died. It wasnt the best of phones out there (I know half the world is ga-ga over the iPhone) but it was one I had come to depend on, trust, be sure of.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
24 February 1917
Prominent Ukrainian painter, Tetyana Yablonska, is born. In addition to her artistic work, Yablonska leads a very socially-active lifestyle as a member of the USSR parliament and later a member of the Ukrainian Artists UNI0N and the Academy of Art of the USSR.

25 February 1573
Ivan Fedorov establishes the first printing house in Lviv. He is one of the three fathers of printing in Ukraine. A year later, Fedorov publishes the second edition of Apostolos and an Azbuka. Commemorating his contribution, a monument of Fedorov is erected in Lviv in 1979.


To Leave or Not to Leave - Whats Up?
Once again, Vitaliy Klitschko has proved his status as a formidable boxer. And once again he has announced his desire to leave boxing for good, so his Twitter account says. But this in itself is interesting, especially since he wrote on Monday 20 February via Facebook that he doesnt even have a Twitter account. 
Whether the heavyweight champion does in fact hang up his gloves for good or not is yet to be seen.


FEMEN Face Imprisonment! - Whats Up?
We here at Whats On have always enjoyed the wonderfully ironic antics of the Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN, and it would appear local law enforcement has viewed them in much the same manner. But now it looks as though theyve gone one step too far, and one member may face up to four years imprisonment.


3.5 Billion Hryvnia for Government Spending Approved - Whats Up?
For a supposedly cash-strapped government, a couple of recent budgetary approvals caught our attention and made us go hmmmm. Firstly, they want to pump over 2.5 billion hryvnia into the national space programme. Thats right, the national space programme. Now, Ukraine may well have been at the centre of space exploration for the Soviet UNI0N, and did a wonderful job, but who on earth these days is investing such money into space? And why?


Ukrainian Subjects Reduced - Whats Up?
Ukrainian kids these days dont know a whole lot about their countrys history, a sad reality that often goes hand in hand with the local language. Characteristically, our Party of Regions Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk believes the answer is in just doing away with the whole troublesome issue. We need additional school hours for informatics and foreign languages, but adding 9-10 lessons is too much. What will happen is that well probably reduce the subjects altogether.


Ukrdim a Restaurant? - Whats Up?
Representatives of the State Administration met recently with Kyivs Council for City Planning, where one of the pieces of business discussed was the rebuilding of Ukrdim on European Square. Motivated by the lack of profit the building currently brings in, the new underground entrance and extension of the building itself would mean complete demolition of the current cultural heritage site.


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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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