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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 36 (2012)

36 (2012)/2012
5 October - 11 October
Gaga for Glamrock
Just one of the new projects Igor Posypayko has got on the go

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From THE EDITOR (36) - Editorial
Restaurants in Kyiv are like actors trying to make it in New York: some of them you just know are good; others need a little polishing; and then theres the ones whose mamas should have told them truth they aint very good. Here at Whats On, I often feel like the Kyiv restaurant mama, desperately trying to find a new star to rave about in our Take Me Out section, but often finding myself having to speak those damning but truthful words you ain't very good. I thought Id found a winner a couple of weeks ago in a new place that just opened up at the top of one of the capitals newer hotels. But sadly, it fell well short.
Having arrived, we were promptly greeted and shown to our table.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
9 October 1596
The Ruthenian Church of Rus breaks relations with the Patriarch of Constantinople and begins commUNI0N with the Pope of Rome. This relationship becomes what is recognised as the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, which conducts its orthodox ceremonies and worships in Ukrainian but acknowledges the Pope as the head of the Church.


Around the North Pole in 60 Days - Whats Up?
A Ukrainian Russian crew, on expedition to the North Pole, has set three world records in sailing recently. The first is in speed theirs is apparently the fastest round the world trip, including the Arctic. The second is in latitude no ship has reportedly made it this high or this near the Arctic before. And the third is for the number of around-the-world trips made by one crew in one year, which in this case, totals two.


Journalists Protest While Akhmetov Gets Involved - Whats Up?
After his flying visit to the US last week, it looked as though President Yanukovych had kyboshed the defamation bill that makes slander a criminal act. However, now it looks as though hes only asked that the bill be reworded.
Word got out that this process was due to take place at the Verkhovna Rada on Monday, 1 October, which brought a flood of journalists to the Ukrainian parliament, placards-a-plenty.


Weirdest Museum Ever? - Whats Up?
We all know Kyiv is an ancient city. Ironically, its water utility system is also pretty ancient, what with the minimum 2-week hot water rations everyone in the city is treated to every summer. Nonetheless, the KyivVodoKanal is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year, which means a number of festivities for Kyiv residents to enjoy.


Real Life Ukrainian Anime Character - Whats Up?
First there was the sensation of the Ukrainian Barbie a 21-year-old who transformed herself into a real life doll through plastic surgery and now our very own Anime character is hitting the news around the world. 19-year-old Anastasiya Shpagina has become an Internet sensation almost overnight, what with photos and videos of her transformed into Fukkacumi, her Anime alter-ego.
Taking the Japanese animation art form as her inspiration, Anastasiya spends hours every day applying makeup to her face, bringing about the startling transformation.


Kyiv in the TOP-10 of Capital Cities with Most Expensive Hotels - Whats Up?
This should come as little surprise to anyone who has ever stayed in Kyiv hotels before they may be nice, but they sure aint cheap. 
The claim comes from www.hotel.info a free reservation service, and puts Kyiv in 8th place among all European capital cities. As tradition dictates (which will also come as little surprise to anyone), Moscow is often at the top, with London and various Scandinavian capitals not far behind. Surprisingly, Kyiv comes ahead of both Paris and Amsterdam.


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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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