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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 32 (2012)

32 (2012)/2012
7 September - 13 September
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Stars congregate for cancer

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From THE EDITOR (32) - Editorial
Language is an extremely interesting study. As a very necessary part of day-to-day life, language is the principal way we communicate and connect with people. Those of us living in foreign lands will recognise, however, that the spoken word is not the only way of getting your point across. Italians, for example, love to gesture as they speak, making everything they say a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. The Chinese, on the other hand, are far more reserved when they talk, using different tones and pitches to communicate. The French I could listen to all day long, as their musical lilt and cadence sweeps you across the cliffs of Normandy to the valleys of Brittany with little more than a conversation about how to drive on the autoroute.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
8 September 1709
Hetman of Ukraine Ivan Mazepa dies. He will be forever remembered as the man who fought for Ukraines independence from Russia. He is less well known for his donations to the Ukrainian church, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, and educational instruction, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, as well as many other cultural and educational institutions.


Supreme Court Upholds Tymoshenko Verdict - Whats Up?
No surprise there then. And no surprises in the comments from either side, nor from those by western government, nor from the fact that Tymoshenko is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights. So all we have to say on this is, no surprises.

Ukraine Strikes Gold in London - Whats Up?
Ukraine has often done well at the Paralympic Games, and this year is no exception, with a current 42-medal count, as we go to print. Winning medals in a variety of the track and field events, Ukraine has also excelled in judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, swimming and table tennis this year.
Debuting in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, there were only 30 athletes who competed in archery, track and field, powerlifting, swimming and sitting volleyball. With just seven medals total, it was not our best showing.


Mrs Globe 2012 isfrom Ukraine! - Whats Up?
Its been announced, you can all jump for joy, because 32-year-old Hanna Shchapova has finally been crowned Mrs Globe 2012! 
As the largest international pageant for Misses in the world, held annually in Palm Springs, California, Hanna is no stranger to beauty competitions. Having strutted her stuff in front of judges many times before, this bewitching blonde has got crowns from the Miss Donbass pageant of 1996, the Mrs Odesa pageant (after getting married) in 2009, and could almost taste victory at last years Mrs Globe as runner-up. Never one to give up, she was second time lucky at this years extravaganza, and is now the second of two Ukrainian women to hold the title Mrs World.


CEC Head: Elections May Fall Short of International Standards - Whats Up?
Yes, dear readers, youve read it right. According to numerous reports in local press the Chairman of the Central Election Committee has already stated, publicly, that the parliamentary elections due to be held on 28 October will not meet international standards of legitimacy! The election will meet national standards but may fall short of international standards of legitimacy, hes been quoted as saying!


Prime Minister Stresses Need forRecycling Plants - Whats Up?
We here at Whats On are well-known for being quick to ridicule the government and its oft-ludicrous behaviour, but when someone says something right, were just as quick to heap praise upon them. Case in point: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his recent lecture at the Kyiv Institute of Architecture and Construction
During the lecture, Azarov highlighted the fact that Ukraine is in dire need of recycling plants as the country is in danger of turning into one big rubbish dump. Stating that hed looked through student projects, he was glad to see so many relating to real life. For example, there is the construction of rubbish recycling plants. Do we need them? We desperately do, as we have cluttered the whole country with dumps, he said (see feature on opposite page).


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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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