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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.


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12 October - 18 October
The girl behind the Blonde 
Dont Dumb Me Down is Mika Newtons newest single on a brand new English-language only album out soon

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From THE EDITOR (37) - Editorial
Youd never know it by the way the weather has turned, however, Kyiv is a fabulous place to enjoy a walk. Not in the same way Washington DC is small enough to cover almost entirely on foot, or wandering along the romantic walkways of the Seine in Paris makes you forget about everything (including just how dirty the water is), but because here in Kyiv there is something interesting going on at almost every turn. Take this last weekend for example. The weather was an absolutely balmy 17 degrees the perfect kind of climate for a Sunday stroll
Heading down Yaroslaviv Val, we stop in the courtyard just below Golden Gate and walk in. The fountain has been drained and stands lonely and dejected.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
13 October 1875 
Founded by the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph, the Czernowitz Higher Theological School opens. It reopens as the Chernivtsi State University in 1940, and becomes known as one of the oldest classical universities in Ukraine. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique architecture.


Cooking with Fire Punishable By Law - Whats Up?
A Ukrainian student was sentenced last week for frying eggs over an open flame in the middle of Kyiv last week. Now, one might wonder why such an act requires such a hefty suspended three-year sentence, until you learn that the open flame was actually the eternal flame of the WWII memorial the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Odesa Says Thanks to Steve Jobs - Whats Up?
Theres a brand new monument in Odesa. Its got nothing to do with the upcoming elections, nor does it have to do with farming, vodka or girls (presumably all things people associate with Ukraine). Its a tribute to Apples former CEO, Steve Jobs.
Unveiled on 5 October, the monument was born out of one students desire to commemorate the late computer guru. Featuring a hand made of cogs, pistons, screws, bolts and other such mechanical items, a silhouette of the Apple logo in the palm completes the picture. Its creator, Kirill Maksymenko of the Odesa State Academy of Technical Regulation and Quality, says he started working on the tribute in November of last year and used more than 300kg of metal parts.


IT in Ukraine Continues to Outsmart the Competition - Whats Up?
As reported in a Whats On feature on Outsourcing just a couple of weeks ago, Ukraine is one of the strongest IT countries among the CIS. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and this pudding is called Viewdle, a Ukrainian IT company Google recently paid $35 40 million for. Viewdle offers face, object, and gesture recognition technology products, allowing, among other features, automated photo tagging; and now it belongs to Google.


Visas! What a Problem! - Whats Up?
Foreigners to Ukraine often complain about the 90-day rule, and that leaving the country every three months just to get their passports stamped is a bit of a nuisance, to say the least. What we dont realise is that we are often the lucky ones many of us do not need visas to enter Ukraine, and for those of us that do, theyre fairly easy to acquire. This, or at least the idea of visas, is the premise behind a new exhibition, featured recently in the home of well-known Ukrainian photographer, Ihor Hayday.
Joining forces to speak out on the problem of that ever-elusive European visa, many Ukrainian and foreign activists, writers, journalists, scientists and sportsmen feature in this very topical exhibition.


Femen in France - Whats Up?
Since cutting down a cross last month, supposedly in support of Russias Pussy Riot, the Femen girls have come out of their hiding places, and have now appeared in Paris. Opening a new headquarters in what appears to be a largely Muslim neighbourhood, about 20 girls (both Ukrainian and French) paraded through Paris 18th Arrondissement on Monday, in traditional fashion topless with slogans STOP painted across their chests.


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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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