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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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 29 (2012)

29 (2012)/2012
3 August - 23 August
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Take a trip to Muscle Beach this summer and buff up

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From THE EDITOR (29) - Editorial
I took in the Chili Peppers last week icons in the world of funk rock, as one friend put it. Arriving to the Olympic Stadium fresh from the office with work in tow, there was a time I would have been dressed in full on red and black regalia, painted up with the appropriate red star insignia at various points on my body, standing at the ready for the boys to get on stage, only to make my way as far up to the front as I could, getting elbowed, kneed and kicked in the process. Instead, I found myself with very good seats, sitting and working on text as the roadies changed the stage over from warm-up bands Kasabian and The Vaccines to the Chilis, with a soon to be beer in hand. An ever-so-slightly different scenario.


So Far So Good 2012 - Whats Up?
The approach of August means summer holidays for Whats On. Therefore, rather than try and predict what stunts our stunning president may pull next, who FEMEN are going to try and alienate or whether our former PM will finally be able to get her hands on a bottle of Clairol, we thought wed take you back over the antics of 2012. Read on and remember the best, the worst and all the stuff in-between.


WetnWild Wakeboarding - Special Feature
The sun and heat of the Ukrainian summer are driving people out of their homes and offices to open air events, parties and sports of course! Kyivs main water artery, the Dnipro, offers the opportunity to try different water sports without even leaving the city. En route to Druzhby Narodiv, Im ready for the adrenalin to kick in wakeboarding here I come!
Druzhby Narodiv Park is a favourite for local people looking to spend time on the weekends in summer, with the X-Park sports complex (located therein) boasting a wide variety of summer sports and leisure activities. Within the park, Kashtan Ski School offers water-skiing and wakeboarding facilities for kids (starting from 3-years-old) and adults.


Rollin Rollin Rollin - Active Kyiv
People love to joke about Ukraine and Russia, noting our two main problems duraki and dorohi (fools and roads). While coping with the first can frustrate the bejeezus out of anyone, roads here since the EURO have improved immensely. Which makes it the prime time to pick up a pair of blades and get on rollin.


Foreigners on the Fringes - Ukraine Today
As you read this, there are thousands of blokes in the country for a very legitimate purpose. But what about those guys, who have just come to Ukraine and ended up staying for whatever reason, doing an awful lot of nothing much at all. Who are they? And what are they really up to over here, in a country known for low salaries and beautiful girls? Are they managing to break through and make it to the big hryvnias, or scraping around with stories of success from far-off lands and one room in Rusanivka? Names have been changed (withheld actually) to protect the guilty.


Buff Stop - Kyiv Culture
Hydropark was built back in 1968, for the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. Along with its numerous beaches, sports grounds, boat stations, cafés, restaurants, museums, bbq spots, clubs and more, you find a rather curious outdoor gym. Fashioned, seemingly, from girders and all other kinds of scrap metal, there is a vast facility of lifting machines, weights and all manner of bodybuilding apparatus. Known variously as Muscle Beach or Cooks Island, all equipment was actually designed by its members.


From A to Z-aporizhia - Ukraine Travel
The word equidistant is hard to use without thinking of Alan Partridge, however, its hard not to use in the case of Zaporizhia, equidistant as it is in so many ways. Its near the same distance from both Luhansk and Odesa, and a similar distance between Kyiv and Sevastopol.
It was this favourable location, combined with climate, which attracted people to the settlement, back in the day.


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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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