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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 July - 19 July
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From THE EDITOR (26) - Editorial
Forrest Gump said "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." Taxis in Kyiv are a lot like that; something anyone living in Kyiv without personal means of transport will have long ago figured out. Example number one: the chocolate-covered strawberry. With a couple of rowdy cousins in town a few weeks back, there had been a little liquid courage consumed earlier on, and I was more than sure, having called a cab to take us to our next port of call, that there was going to be an issue. To my surprise, the old ded driving the car/van engaged my etiquette-illiterate family and wanted to know everything and more about maple syrup, our cold winters, and whether we knew his third cousin living in Toronto.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
18 July 1863
The Valuev Circular secret decree is sent to Kyiv by Petro Valuev, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Empire, with the order to ban any religious and educational literature in the Ukrainian language. Both he and Emperor Aleksander II are deeply afraid that books in Ukrainian will bring about separatist movements.


Bus Overturns Near Chernihiv - Whats Up?
Horribly, a bus crashed over the weekend killing 14, and injuring a further 29. The bus was carrying Russian religious pilgrims who were on their way to Holy Dormition Monastery in western Ukraines Pochayev, one of the major monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The crash took place at about 05.30 local time on Saturday 7 July, when the driver apparently lost control, veered off the road and overturned.


Kissing in Kyiv - Whats Up?
Kyiv is considered one of the most amorous of cities. All you have to do is head out your front door and you can catch couples kissing on the streets, in the metro, on the bus, nearby fountains and in parks, as well as many other unpredictable places! Now, however, lovers can claim special kissing spots fancy-looking park benches, done up in the shape of big, sultry, pouting lips.


Parliament Adjourns, Bill Left Hanging - Whats Up?
I vce prodovzhuvaetsja. Or is it prodolzhaetsja? Whichever language you use, drama surrounding the language bill continues with parliament adjourning for the summer.
As you may recall, fists flew in parliament over this contentious bill first addressed in May of this year. This was followed by demonstrations held outside of government buildings by regular citizens just last week, protesting the same bill that was quickly and quietly adopted by Parliament last Tuesday.


Ukrainian Popstars Hit the Swedish Jackpot - Whats Up?
Stereolizza used to be a group well worth a Friday night out, until they moved to Los Angeles in 2008, making it a little tougher to enjoy them live. They have, however, continued to make their mark, not only in the US but around the world, as the opening act for the Black Eyed Peas World Tour, and sharing stages at international festivals with other amazing artists as Chemical Brothers, Melanie C, Andreas Johnson, Sean Paul, Apollo 440, Rasmus. Planet funk and Mattafix. Made up of would-be diplomat/ex-playboy cover girl Katya Shalayeva (Lizza) and multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer Alex Ginchev, the two have teamed up with Swedens house music label, Clubstream Pink, and released a brand new single.


Another Bill Awaits Determination - Whats Up?
Elton John made a massive plea to Ukrainians when he was in Kyiv a couple of weeks ago about the way LGBT individuals are treated here, citing the recent beatings of gay rights activists. Perhaps members of our Ukrainian government were at the concert, heard what he had to say and it has all sunk in, because the current bill banning all mention of LGBT activities in public has been postponed.


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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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