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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.


What's On Archive 24 (2012)

24 (2012)/2012
29 June - 5 July
Football fans fall in Love!
And not just with the girls

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From THE EDITOR (24) - Editorial
The football is coming to a quick close hard to believe after the years long run-up and anticipation. But with the final scheduled for this Sunday, and a winner declared, fans will be headed back to their respective countries to continue with their lives, and footballers to their squads in preparation for a new season. Its kind of sad in a way, as this month-long event has brought the country together in a way that was lost after the Orange Revolution. It has also given the world a better look at a place and its people who are so much more than what reports in the news painted them all out to be at the beginning of the tournament. It is with this in mind that we here at Whats On bid farewell to EURO 2012. Of course, not everyone feels this way.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
29 June 1174 
Poltava is first mentioned in the Ipatiivsky Chronicle under the name Ltava. Today, the city of Poltava is known as one of the most ancient and interesting in Ukraine, with the Battle of Poltava set as its background, and the bright Sorochynskiy Fair colouring the Ukrainian landscape each summer


Ukraines Strongest Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash - Whats Up?
On the evening of 24 June, Ukraines strongest man Yuri Malko died in a tragic motorcycle accident. In an attempt to avoid crashing into a female cyclist whod veered in front of him in the city of Komsomolsk, Poltava region, Malko swerved in a truly heroic fashion but crashed into the curb.
Malko shot to fame last year when he managed to drag a 22-car train with a total weight of 500 tonnes eight meters along a railway line. He will be sorely missed.

Up Until All Hours With Art - Whats Up?
The First Kyiv International Biennale Arsenale has announced a night of artistic impression where Art Does Not Sleep. The night is 4 July, and the event is your chance to experience the thrill and drive of contemporary art available here in Kyiv for a limited time. From 21.00 until 03.00, Mystetsky Arsenal will turn into a space of contemporary art, including art-performances, jazz and alternative music sessions in other words, an evening where art has never been so exciting.


Forget the Football, Heres Ironman - Whats Up?
Ukraine may, despite a sterling performance, have dropped out of EURO 2012, but one Ukrainian, Viktor Zyemtsev, is keeping the blue and yellow flag flying high. Winning the Ironman Coeur dAlene for the third time, on 24 June, this brings his total Ironman (a gruelling 140.6 mile swimming, cycling and running race) wins to nine!
This unsung hero beat off stiff competition from all over the world to scoop the coveted title, but the 39-year-old super-athlete remained modest about the win.


The President Surprises Us - Whats Up?
We dont get to write about good deeds done by the president very often, so when they come around, its kind of a refreshing change. Launched under the New Life programme, commissioned by our own Viktor Yanukovych, a new Regional Perinatal Centre was opened in Dnipropetrovsk last week, which has the capacity to assist four thousand births per year.  
Apparently, there are six such centres in the country, with plans to have at least one in every region by the end of 2012.


Kyiv Gets New Monument - Whats Up?
A new monument appeared in Kyiv last weekend. Standing more than four metres tall, it portrays a sad mother with her two children, and symbolises the grief and tragedy all families felt at the loss of husbands and fathers during the Great Patriotic War. 
Called Mother-Widow, it was initiated by a woman from the Dnipropetrovsk region, who collected 350,000hrv in donations over a three-year period. Commissioned and complete, you can pay your respects in Peremohy Park. 

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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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