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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.


What's On Archive 11 (2012)

11 (2012)/2012
30 March - 5 April
Ukraine Fashion Week In the Spotlight
All of next seasons fashion exploits and more

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From THE EDITOR (11) - Editorial
As this issue is almost entirely devoted to fashion, I thought it only appropriate to pontificate a little about this general idea of being en vogue. But, what is fashion, really? Having put this magazine together, the number of photos we surfed through in order to get just the right image for this or that was in the thousands, taking us through a sort of time warp in terms of style and design. Everyone seemed to have their own version of what was fashionable, from the light free-flow of prints in the Poustovit collection to the dark and heavy, almost ominous red/black collection of Klimchuk. There was massive diversity this year among all collections at both Ukrainian Fashion Week and Kyiv Fashion Days, creating a virtual smorgasbord of tints and textures for the fashion conscious.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
31 March 1917
The first Ukrainian gymnasium, or school, is established in Kyiv. This month marks the beginning of a new era for the Ukrainian language and culture, where both are now permissible. 

1 April 1919
Askania-Nova is declared a Peoples Sanctuary Park by decree of the Council of Peoples Commissars of the Ukrainian SSR. The main aim of the reserve is to preserve the virgin steppe and study its flora and fauna. Zoo-technical and phyto-technical scientific institutions, among others, can be found on the grounds.


Freedom orRepression? - Whats Up?
Oleh Tyahnybok of our nationalist party, Svoboda, has been shaking in his boots recently, and believes that all businesses in support of his political party are in grave danger. While he does sometimes seem as though hes got a rather angry bee in his bonnet, getting all worked up over very little indeed, flying insects may be the least of his worries this time round.


A Magic Wand - Whats Up?
The Kyiv State City Administration (KMDA) has taken a jump, leap and a bound into the 21st century, having announced their newest initiative social cards for Kyiv citizens. The card would only apply to those citizens eligible for benefits. But as far as the KMDA is concerned, these cards are the most transparent and effective method for utilising finances related to the countrys social services.


Raiders Are Back - Whats Up?
The days of men in black masks terrorising the neighbourhood in search of money, power and property were supposed to be in the past. This is supposed to be a world in which democracy reigns, where truth sets us free and equality is granted to all. Unfortunately, Ukraine was absent the day they taught that in school.
Just last weekend, in the early morning hours, 100 men dressed in black broke into the Lukyanivska outdoor market, demolishing the gates and attacking all those present.


England Fans Snub EURO 2012 - Whats Up?
According to numerous reports in the British press, English football fans are not going to be present during EURO 2012 in the numbers expected. In fact, only a third of the tickets allocated have been sold so far.
Reasons cited for this are (can you guess?) expensive hotel accommodation, distances between venues and the difficulty in travelling between them, worries over the financial crisis, and Englands poor performance in South Africa two years ago.


Caught on Tape - Whats Up?
Following on from last years shameful Roman Landick incident, where the son of a member of parliament brutally beat up his female friend all captured on video, posted on YouTube and watched by thousands across the world Ukraine has scored another international black eye. And its not the only one.
Violence erupted at an 18th birthday party somewhere in Ukraine (where exactly is still a bit unclear) earlier this month.


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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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