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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 46 (2012)

46 (2012)/2012
14 December - 20 December
A Sweet Dream or Scary Nightmare?
Marilyn Manson brings shock rock to Kyiv this week are you in?

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The Whats On Winter Party is On! - This Week
Whats On Snow Party (UA, pop-rock), Indigo (Kudryashova 3), 14 December at 23.00
To round out the year nicely, Whats On invites readers to our Snow Party this Friday, which, as per usual, will feature top Ukrainian artists. In what is to be our last party of 2012, weve got one of most recognisable voices from national talent show Holos Krainy Natalya Gordienko. Shell pass the reins over to the ex-frontwoman for Gorchitza Alloise, who will no doubt step it up a notch with her new solo project.


From THE EDITOR (46) - Editorial
There are a few topics you can pretty much count on in Whats On depending on the season: how lovely Kyiv is in the spring, the smell on the metro in the summer, the return to regulated city life in the autumn and, of course, the gratitude that comes with the various charitable events in the winter, often just before Christmas. 
As Kyiv has been plunged into the cold season, and with Christmas nipping at our heels, charity and charitable acts are at the forefront for many. Take just these last couple of weeks for example:  selling an inordinate number of things from around the world, the International Womens Club of Kyiv brought in thousands of people on 1 December with their annual Christmas Bazaar (see page 22 for coverage).


This Week in History - Whats Up?
19 December
St Nicholas Day the day Catholic and Orthodox Christians honour St Nicholas, a 4th-century saint and Greek bishop known for his reputation for secret gift-giving. Here in Ukraine, children find gifts under their pillows in the morning. The Soviets, it is believed, created Did Moroz to rid the people of the St Nicholas tradition. 

20 December 1699 
Emperor Peter I announces that the New Year celebration will be moved from 1 September to 1 January.


The Same Old LGBT Story - Whats Up?
Same-sex couples may be getting married in the United States, thanks to a new voter-approved gay marriage law having just come into effect, but here in Ukraine, theyre sucking up gas at rallies in the streets. 
Hundreds of gay and lesbian campaigners gathered in Kyivs city centre on 8 December, just ahead of International Human Rights Day, to Say NO to legislative violence against human rights!


This just in - Whats Up?
Ukraines Christmas Tree is set to be ready by weeks end, according to the head of the Kyiv State Administrations Department of Culture, Svitlana Zorina. The trial lighting will take place on Monday 17 December, with the official ceremony, president and all, set for Wednesday 19 December, St Nicolas Day.

Ukraines Most Wanted - Whats Up?
Now this is a list that could well be construed in a couple of different ways. In accordance with the most recent information found in Forbes-Ukraine, however, Ukraines Most Wanted refers to the countrys most popular and most expensive celebrities. 
Volodymyr Klitschko tops the list thanks to his last three fights, bringing in a minimum $4 million each!


The Colonel is Coming - Whats Up?
If youre anything like PAN Publishings Managing Director, youll have been dreaming of this day for some time Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kyiv. 
Yep, Yum! Brands have been given the go-ahead to expand in Ukraine and nearby regions, which currently means more than 100 franchises, at more than $2 million a piece, over the next five years. Depending on how the worlds largest fried chicken chain does, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are likely to follow suit.


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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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