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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 27 (2012)

27 (2012)/2012
20 July - 26 July
The Art of Schmoozing
We take a peek at the networking parties around town to learn that it isnt just about business anymore 

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From THE EDITOR (27) - Editorial
I was having lunch with a friend last week, when the idea of Kyiv as a risky city was raised. Having been here for almost a year now, she has since learned that its not as bad a place as all that, and has found that life here is actually quite comfortable, what with all of the amenities as provided by her husbands position. As I listened to her talk, it occurred to me that while each of us will more than likely come believe that Ukraine is a great country with huge potential, we dont necessarily arrive with that perspective, and instead bring with us all of the stereotypes we have gathered along the way. Those within the diplomatic community, for example, will have been primed long in advance for their post, and erring on the side of caution, are often prepared for everything from sunburn to a second Chornobyl.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
25 July 1687 
Ivan Mazepa is elected Hetman of Ukraine. Most well-known for his desire to gain independence from the Russian Empire, he donates large sums toward Ukrainian culture, book publishing, school building and other cultural and educational projects.

23 July 1888 
A monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky is unveiled in Kyiv. Today, the monument on Sofiyska Square is one of the most visited tourist sites.


Threads forMadonna - Whats Up?
After a close competition in search of the best vyshyvanka for Madonna, the winner has finally been named! 
A few weeks back, we wrote that there was a contest to dress the Material Girl in a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt. After registering online, voting took place for the citys favourite options, and twelve finalists were chosen. With both professionals and amateurs taking part, everyone had the last couple of weeks to get their goods together, where all items were presented in front of a live jury, consisting of TNMKs Fagot, restaurateur Mykola Tyshchcenko and the Ukrainian Fashion Week executive producer Volodymyr Nechyporuk.


Poshtova Ploscha Under Reconstruction - Whats Up?
Poshtova Ploscha is currently under reconstruction. Its a project costing the city nearly half a billion hryvnia and is an ambitious one taboot, with plans to turn it into a pedestrian-only area which will include direct foot access to the Dnipro River. Transportation routes will be moved underground, where, according to Kyivdormistproekt, an underground tunnel will provide effective movement both to and from Podil, eradicating the current traffic jams through this area that waste so much time.


White Nights inYalta - Whats Up?
Weve uncovered one more reason why Yalta should be your vacation choice this summer two albino lion cubs born recently to the regions zoo. The two females are all white, strong and healthy, say staff at the zoo, who were not expecting the waxen cubs, born to their tawny-coloured mother. Theyre not complaining, however, as it will no doubt double their number of visitors, which is exactly what happened when they hosted the two-headed albino California Kingsnake on loan from Germany last year.

Political Games - Whats Up?
Tit for tat, quid pro quo, an eye for an eye: these are games politicians play the world over, but seem to be especially good at here in Ukraine. Havent paid your taxes in a while? Expect a raid at some point in the near future. Gaining too much support from influential voters? Expect a trumped up court case. Got the goods on some underhanded dealings within government? Expect the worst.


Its a Sign - Whats Up?
The Imagine Cup is a premier competition in student technology by the Microsoft Corp, and held in Sydney, Australia this year, it was won by a team of students from Ukraine!
The team called quadSqaud ended up taking home first place at the 10th annual competition last week with their project Enable Talk. As a piece of software design technology, it uses gloves equipped with 15 sensors which translate sign language into real-time speech!


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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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