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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 42 (2012)

42 (2012)/2012
16 November - 22 November
Get a Little Bit Crazy
And do it with Seal at his concert here in Kyiv next week

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From THE EDITOR (42) - Editorial
Have you ever gone to a shrink? I have not. However, if I hadnt come to Ukraine to meet my future husband (that sounds mail order-ish, but rest assured, it was nothing like that), I would probably be sitting in a brown leather armchair in some quiet room in Saskatoon with my big psychology degree, analysing any given nutter right now. 
At least, thats what I used to think about the people who felt the need to approach a complete stranger for help with their lives. But that was when I was young and naïve and had all the answers to everything (my publisher will tell you I am still ridden with said complex another story for another time).


This Week in History - Whats Up?
22 November 1764 
Empress Ekaterina II withdraws the rights of hetmans in Ukraine. Until now, Ukraine had a significant self-governance policy with a hetman as the head of state. This move by the Empress makes Ukraine totally dependent on the Russian Empire. 

16 November 1913 
Formed from a simple music school in Kyiv, the Tchaikovsky Kyiv State Conservatory opens.


Kyiv Gets a New Square - Whats Up?
A new square has materialised in Kyiv recently. It can be found at Hlybochytska 22/24 and has been named after the former president and national leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev. In addition, a monument has been erected there in dedication to this greatly decorated Soviet politician, but thats not the only showstopper.


Is Shevchenko Headed Back toFootball? - Whats Up?
He might be, if the Football Federation of Ukraine has anything to do with it. According to their website, president of the FFU, Anatoliy Konkov, would like to see Shevchenko return to the pitch as Ukraines National Team trainer. Banking on Shevas success as a footballer, Konkov thinks the former Chelsea striker will make an excellent coach because of his experience and character.


The Sweet Life - Whats Up?
Its something everyone is after, but not everyone will enjoy. Unless, that is, you happen to know the whereabouts of your familys entire life savings. 
Apparently, this information was not lost on a nine-year-old Ukrainian boy from the city of Konotop, who was aware that his family kept their savings under the sofa.


Notable Boxer Back in the Ring - Whats Up?
Volodymyr Klitschko defended his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Polish challenger Mariusz Wach in Hamburg last weekend. Happy for the win, Dr Steelhammer (as the younger Klitschko is known) mugged for the cameras with the VIP in the audience that night Sylvester Stallone.
Prior to the fight, the fashionably dressed 66-year old hopped into the ring to promote the new Rocky musical, which opened in Germany on Sunday.


Call It Just A Bit Silly - Whats Up?
Theres no maybe about it, Call Me Maybe is a hit, making the number one spot in more than 15 countries around the world. Ukrainian singer and former Miss Ukraine Aza is calling it fraud, however, saying the mega hit sung by Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen is a reproduction of her slightly less well-known, Hunky Santa.


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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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