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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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8 (2012)/2012
9 March - 15 March
This week, Whats On crosses over to The Dark Side 
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From THE EDITOR (8) - Editorial
Good day Kyivites! It has been a busy week for us here at Whats On as we bring you your ultimate city entertainment guide a little early this week. The 8 March holiday, Womens Day for all you newbie foreigners, is creating a bit of havoc around the day we typically deliver the magazine, sending home everyone from the fifth construction guy needed to supervise the second, third and fourth construction guys supervising the first construction guy replacing a light bulb along Kyivs streets, to the tetyas we bother with our requests for chocolate, crackers, gum and the like running the city kiosks, to everyone else in between. The idea is, for those of you who dont know (and men, may the gods help you if you dont already know), that the men are supposed to lavish all the women in their lives with flowers, chocolate, and gifts of all kinds essentially.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
9 March 1814
Taras Shevchenko, a prominent Ukrainian writer, artist and poet, is born. He is called Father of Ukrainian Liberty after his works supporting freedom in Ukraine, and is remembered every year on this day all over the country; especially Taras Hill near Kaniv, where he is buried. 

12 March 1863
Volodymyr Vernadsky, creator of the Noosphere Theory, is born. Besides being one of the founders of biogeochemistry and radiogeology, Vernadsky also helps found the National Academy of Science of Ukraine and the National Library of the Ukrainian State. Co-working with Tavrida University in Crimea results in the naming of this university after him.


New Mother Makes Headlines - Whats Up?
While the possibilities in science are endless, there are some things that just shouldnt be attempted, and giving birth to twins at the age of 66 is one of them. At least, thats what neighbours in the Swiss town of Chur have been telling the unnamed single Protestant pastor who is now the proud mother of Joshua and Michael. 
Its a story, you might be thinking, that has nothing to do with Ukraine. And if you didnt know that she had come here to have the in vitro fertilisation, you would be right.


Ukraine Women NOT the Most Beautiful in the World But Kyiv Women Are! - Whats Up?
Thats the shock news according to a recent poll by Travellers Digest. Ukrainian women are only the third most beautiful women in the world, being pipped to the post by the Swedish and Argentineans. 
Silence fell as the results were announced, and there were tears of shock and dismay from many. How could it be possible?


Ukraine Launches into 5th Place - Whats Up?
According to the Ukrainian State Space Agency as of the end of last year, Ukraine joins China, the EU, Russia and the US as one of the top five space rocket launching countries in the world! 
With four different space launch facilities across the globe, incorporating a fifth in 2013, Ukraine has become a highly significant player in the field of space industry.


Ukrainian Border Guards Get a Makeover - Whats Up?
Officials at Boryspil National Airport have decided that football fans arriving for EURO 2012 should be greeted at the border by beautiful women. To maximise this, they have arranged for a team of experts to give the female border guards a makeover master class. 
One young passport inspector, who underwent the course on looking good, commented, We wont be receiving this treatment on a daily basis, but I always try to make myself look decent.


Russian Empire Revived? - Whats Up?
Vladimir Putin has won the Russian presidential elections big surprise. What they should have done was blindfold everyone and told them to play pin the tail on the donkey for all the time they wasted with an actual election. There was never a doubt that Putin would come out on top, even though he is a bit of an ass. What worries us, however, is what that means for Ukraine.


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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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