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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 33 (2012)

33 (2012)/2012
14 September - 20 September
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Our Favourite Boomers - This Week
Boombox (UA, pop, funk), Stereo Plaza (Kikvidze 1), 14 September at 19.00
Boombox began making music in 2004 and quickly attained the appreciation of listeners everywhere in the country. With audiences growing at lightning-quick speed after the release of their debut album, the group received thunderous applause far and wide.


From THE EDITOR (33) - Editorial
To work at Whats On, you have to be a certain kind of person. Sure there are the regular kind of attributes required at any job communication skills, hard-working, reliable, etc, etc, etc. But there are other skills that we look for which, while not in the job description, are equally as important. Some of those things include a good sense of humour, ones ability to be sarcastic, a good ear for the rolling brogue of our token Scotsman, and, of course, an affinity for a glass of wine come Friday afternoon. If you can check the boxes on three or more of these traits youre probably a likely candidate. 
Its not often, but we do find ourselves in need of employees from time to time.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
14 September 1871
The first Ukrainian bank opens in Kharkiv.

14 September 1939 
Ukrainian-born aviation pioneer, Ihor Sikorsky, flies the first viable American helicopter, the VS-300. 

18 September 1965 
Khortytsya Island in the Zaporizhya region becomes a national cultural reserve.


Council of Europe Concerned About Isolation of Ukraine - Whats Up?
Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, turned up in Kyiv on Monday, and after the most diplomatic of starts, where he praised the Ukrainian government for the implementation of reforms, he got down to business. 
First of all he stated that two articles in the new Criminal Code of Ukraine should be revised in light of the criminal proceedings against Tymoshenko.


New PR Opportunity forPopov - Whats Up?
Whether Kyivs City Administration took their cue from the dreadful way in which the National Olympic Committee treated our national Olympic team this year, or theyve found a surplus in the budget, or they simply want to get a head start on next years international water balloon fest, theyve recently opened a brand new open-air water stadium here in the capital.


Protests Against Censorship of TVi - Whats Up?
Journalists and supporters of one of Ukraines few independent TV channels, TVi, rallied on Saturday to protest against what they see as censorship by President Yanukovych and his government. 
TVi is well known for its investigative journalism (something theres sadly not enough of in Ukraine) and for its oft critical stance on Yanukovych and his cronies, which is the reason the channel believes it is being persecuted.


Passenger Gets Smacked for Stash - Whats Up?
Brokedown Palace is one of those movies that scared the bejeezus out of just about every teenager whos ever travelled to Asia; the premise of which sees guards taking one of the protagonists off to serve a 66-year jail sentence after finding a few kilos of drugs unknowingly hidden in her suitcase. Clearly then, anyone who would deliberately stash any illegal substance in their baggage has either never watched this underwhelming Hollywood flick or is just really, really stupid.


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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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