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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 17 (2012)

17 (2012)/2012
11 May - 17 May
50 Years of Photography 
Frank Horvat rolls into town this week with a retrospective on his life and work

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From THE EDITOR (17) - Editorial
Its getting to be that time of year when nobody wants to be inside anymore. If you pay close enough attention, youll probably find your colleagues coming in late, taking more coffee breaks, stretching out lunch, and, if no ones said anything by this time, taking off early to go and sit in the cool shade of an umbrella, sipping more coffee, watching the world go by with friends who are just as delinquent. Playing hooky in this country is easy. All you have to do is tell someone youve got a temperature and youll be told to go home and rest immediately. Another inspired story is the my grannies died excuse, which always seems to be good for a couple days if not a whole week off.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
12 May 996
Church of the Tithes (Desyatynna Church), the first stone church in Kyiv, is sanctified. By order of Vladimir the Great, it is built by Byzantine and local workers, and is named in honour of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Everyone in the area is ordered to pay a tenth of his salary for its construction and operational costs. 

15 May 1859
Panas Saksagansky, a prominent Ukrainian actor and theatre director, is born. Four of Saksaganskys siblings pursue a career in theatre. The staging of Schillers The Robbers and Shakespeares Othello are among his most popular works as director.


Stray Dogs Get New Advocate - Whats Up?
Pamela Anderson is the newest in a long line of supporters against the cruel treatment stray animals have received in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Having written to Michel Platini, UEFA President, the sex bomb asked that he give even more publicity to the issue, saying, UEFA should be a role model for all parties involved in this event and take a stand in favour of protecting Ukraines homeless animals.


Shoes for a Giant - Whats Up?
Ihor Vovkovinskiy has always had problems with his tootsies. Standing 2.34 metres you can see why. It looks like Reebok, however, has stepped up, as they have offered to create a pair of size 26 sneakers to his exact specifications. 
Ihor and his mother Svitlana Laden moved to Rochester, Minnesota from Ukraine when he was just 7-years-old. Diagnosed with a condition called pituitary gigantism, at that time, in 1989, he was already 1.82 metres and almost 91kg. Officially recognised as the tallest man in America, and subsequently President Barack Obamas biggest supporter, the 29-year-old says, Up until six years ago, I used to consider my life pretty normal. [But now] doing the simplest thing is excruciating.


UFO Spotting - Whats Up?
CBN, the Crazy Breaking News agency, recently posted  a  video of  an Unidentified Flying Object hovering over  the  city of Kyiv. Now, dont be alarmed! Take a look at the video, www.youtube.com/
watch?v=ZKBkwh3IUhM, the item in question could just as well be a roof vent cap, balloon or flying Oreo cookie. Well keep you up to date as more flying objects appear.

The Government Opts Out of Aerosvit - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian government has plans to sell its 22.394 stake in the countrys second largest air carrier, Aerosvit, according to the State Property Fund of Ukraine last week. Like children fighting over a toy, the shareholders, who also include  GenAvia Invest (with a 25% minus one share stake) and Privat Group (with a 52% stake), cant come to an agreement.


EURO 2012 Rehearsal Complete - Whats Up?
With EURO 2012 fast approaching, what could be better than our own in-house rehearsal with the Ukrainian Cup? Of course, the scope of this particular football competition was much smaller than the one to take place in Ukraine and Poland next month. But still, its provided for an interesting prelude to the main event. 
Competing for the Cup at the newly renovated Olympiyskiy Stadium on 6 May, Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalurh Dontesk fought to the end.


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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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