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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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41 (2012)/2012
9 November - 15 November
Its not Rubbish, its Garbage
The stupid girl from Scotland and her three American friends play Kyiv this week

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From THE EDITOR (41) - Editorial
Whos this? Yes, its me! Im back, but dont worry, its just for one week. Lana is away on a visa run and will be back in place next week. I, of course, grabbed the opportunity to return for a week, just to quell those rumours of my death, which clearly had been greatly exaggerated. Talking about death, as news continues to appear on the wire and the net of further shenanigans on the part of the Party of Regions, it would appear that many think democracy in Ukraine, short-lived as it was, is dead.
I, on the other hand, do not believe that to be the case. I do not think the good people of this country will allow it.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
9 November 
The official day of Ukrainian language and writing. The Orthodox calendar dedicates 9th November to Nestor Litopysets, an 11th century monk in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra who acted as the first Ukrainian historian. 

10 November 1928 
The house-museum of Taras Shevchenko opens in Kyiv.


$16,000 for a Bottle of Whisky! - Whats Up?
An unidentified Ukrainian whisky-lover recently bought a bottle of 70-year-old whisky for the handsome sum of 129,000hrv! From what we understand, the bottle is worth the money for whisky aficionados. Its a single malt Mortlach by Scottish whisky distiller Gordon & MacPhail. The whisky was produced in 1938 and poured into a sherry barrel, where it aged until it was bottled in 2008.


Ukraine Begins Shipping Gas from Europe - Whats Up?
Yes, thats another snippet of important news issued by Interfax-Ukraine this week. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told members of the press in Kyiv on Tuesday that shipments of gas from Europe have begun.
Yes, we have started such shipments, hes quoted as saying. Theyre not large, but they have started. He went on to note that the current key task is to work through all the technical details and work out how much gas can be received this way.


Two-Meter Book Tower for the Students of KPI - Whats Up?
Weve got another fun sculpture to add to Kyivs list of whimsical street art projects. This time around, the source of inspiration was a 100-year-old tree in front of Kyivs Polytechnic Institute. Six months ago, lighting struck the tree and local authorities cut it down, but local residents found a way to give the tree a new life. They commissioned a local sculptor, Yehor Zigura, to carve a sculpture out of the trees remains. A month later, he unveiled a two-meter-high pile of books carved from the tree, which, by the way, is still alive and growing. The sculptor says the fact that the tree is still partially alive (its roots werent removed) has made his work both more difficult and more lasting.


300 Years of Japanese Fashion - Whats Up?
Recently re-christened Atmosfera 360 (V Vasylkivska 57/3), the place formerly known as Kyiv Planetarium is still running new and interesting educational exhibits. If you happen to drop in over the next couple of months, youll get to see a collection of rare and ancient kimonos. Through exquisite textiles, the exhibition tells the story of 300 years of Japanese fashion.


Be Careful on Kyiv Metro! - Whats Up?
An unprecedented accident happened recently in Kyivs Metro, and were worried it wont be the last of its kind. At the highly-trafficked Zoloti Vorota station, a rubber escalator handrail snapped suddenly, hitting an elderly woman in the back and sending her tumbling down the escalator. Though the escalator stopped automatically, the woman sustained serious injuries; she is currently in the hospital undergoing treatment for two broken legs and a concussion.


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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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