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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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13 (2012)/2012
13 April - 19 April
Cute as a Bunny!
Its another Whats On Face of Kyiv Cover Model, and just in time for Easter! 

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From THE EDITOR (13) - Editorial
The Ukrainian Easter holiday is quickly approaching, which will imply a variety of things to various people. For some it means finally being able to chow down on a hunk of meat and guzzle back a sixer (a reasonable amount of beer in laymans terms). For others, its the chance to get together with family. I dont do Lent, and so for me the former has never really been an issue. Living 8,000km from my immediate family, however, the latter has always provided a bit more of a challenge. That said, fresh off the boat almost nine years ago, I was lucky enough to be adopted by a Ukrainian family, celebrating all of the most important holidays together. Easter was the biggest of them all, and always meant taking a four-hour train ride to Vinnytsia on Friday night, where everyone and their chicken/goat was headed home for the weekend.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
14 April 1768
A Cossack and peasant rebellion against Poland, called Koliyivshchyna, breaks out. The leaders of the uprising are Maksym Zalizniak and Ivan Gonta. The rebellion expands fast from the right bank of the Dnipro River to the river Syan. In the three weeks of rebellion over 2,000 people are killed. 

15 April 1893
One of Ukraines most prominent sopranos, Solomiya Krushelnytska, makes her debut with Donizettis La Favorita. Less than ten years later, she is known worldwide, from Europe to America.


Play It Again, Yulia - Whats Up?
Lets have a little look at the Tymoshenko story to date. This is a woman who only learned Ukrainian in her mid-30s, then made it both one of her defining characteristics and key political calling cards. She is one who ran her campaign on the platform of being a woman of the people, while residing comfortably inside the Top 100 Richest Ukrainians. She was, and maybe still is, a champion of Ukraine as a modern, European country.


More Russian, Please! - Whats Up?
After our dear President made a public statement regarding Russian, and its impending transition to second national language of Ukraine, our treasured Minister of Education, Science, Youth and Sport, Dmytro Tabachnyk, has tried hard to catch up. One of the things he has realised is that, if Russian is indeed to become a State language, the country is going to need more Russian schools.


Freedom of Creep - Whats Up?
Disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made a successful return to the international speech circuit, right here in Kyiv. Its been a while now since his career nosedived, in the wake of hotel maid Nafissatou Diallos allegations that he had sexually assaulted her in the New York hotel she was working in. He was forced to resign from his post and, despite charges subsequently being dropped, DSK (as he refers to himself) is the very embodiment of damaged goods.


Every Little Bit Helps - Whats Up?
Those of us who have lived in Ukraine for a while know what its like. You go to the supermarket, only to find the products you purchased last week cost a hryvnia more. Then, a few weeks later, its another hryvnia. Well, respite from this consumer pain is in store as the March inflation rate was at its lowest level for nine years.


Drug Lab Uncovered - Whats Up?
Science labs in Kyiv schools are experimenting with far more than just formaldehyded frogs. According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), theyve also got underground drug labs on the go too! Of course, there is no better or more secure way to ensure that your illegal drug operation remains under the radar than to have the whole thing contained in a juvenile educational centre. At least, that is the thinking of three men who have been taken in for questioning concerning the massive find.


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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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