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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 40 (2012)

40 (2012)/2012
2 November - 8 November
Shes young, shes talented 
Shes Gorchitza
Whats On takes a walk with the bands newest member, Olya Dibrova

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From THE EDITOR (40) - Editorial
You know how you feel after Thanksgiving (the American version of which is coming up, by the way), with all the tryptophan running through your body, your belt repositioned to the next notch, skin swollen from all of the over-intake of food? Stuffed basically, not unlike the turkey you and your family just devoured. Thats kind of how I feel at the moment Im stuffed, Im filled to the brim, Im chock-a-block with the crap thats currently being fed to Ukrainians, to Ukrainian residents, to the world about the recent election outcomes. I had truly high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, unlike that turkey tummy, those hopes are quickly deflating.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
8 November 1867
The National Opera of Ukraine opens its doors to visitors for its first opera, Askolds Grave. The theatre quickly becomes one of the Russian Empires best, attracting world-famous composers such as Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff where they premiere many of their works.


Dnipropetrovsk isDying Out! - Whats Up?
One of Ukraines biggest cities and industrial centres, Dnipropetrovsk, is also the worlds fastest shrinking city, concludes a recent report conducted by the UN. Issues such as the populations attitude toward the environment, the development (or lack thereof) of infrastructure, societys readiness and willingness to acknowledge social issues, etc, were all taken into account, and found Dnipropetrovsk as the most globally-affected/disaffected municipality.


Maidans Main Event - Whats Up?
You may remember how last years Christmas tree was continually criticised for its abnormal cone shape, its artificial decor, and its downright unnaturalness. Hoping to curb the negativity this year, Kyiv City Administration has hired Lumier from Illichivsk, who are promising an almost real creation.
Picture this: a metal frame of triangle-shape sections made to imitate the sharp-pointed silhouette of a typical Christmas tree.


What Do Your Dreams Mean? - Whats Up?
The city is adding to its list of unique institutions, with the opening of the Museum of Dreams at the end of last month. Divided into four zones, the museum contains a bookshop, an exhibition hall which will house revolving exhibitions, an office with experts in psychoanalysis, as well as a linguistic club. 
Currently, the exhibition hall contains pieces dealing with nightmares, inspiration for which was derived from works by Freud.


Paedophile Hunters - Whats Up?
A group of creative Ukrainian men are taking action against paedophilia in a rather unorthodox way. The group, which calls itself Occupy Paedophilia, uses a 15-year-old boy to entice older predators via flirtatious Internet chats. When the men try to set up a meeting with the teenager, he agrees. However, the second these creeps arrive at the appointed site, a group of grown men appear, and the romantic date only gets worse from there.


Mixed Results - Whats Up?
There are a number of testimonies concerning the elections over the weekend as democratic, reports Interfax Ukraine, with one observer from the European Centre for Geopolitical Analysis, Daniel van der Stoep, even going so far as to say, They were fair, and organised even better than in some Western countries. Shockingly, the European Parliamentarian went on to remark that Ukrainians should be very proud of themselves and such elections, as it demonstrates just how far the country has come.


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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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