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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 1 (2013)

1 (2013)/2013
18 January - 24 January
Who will take home The Crown?
It all gets decided this week as we get ready for the 2012 Whats On Face of Kyiv Cover Model final

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From THE EDITOR (1) - Editorial
Whats On has returned from the Christmas and New Year holidays, all four of them, refreshed, a little dehydrated, and ready for a great 2013. I  personally am excited about this year, its going to be a good one, and not just because its the year of the snake my Chinese Zodiac! But because I have real faith in PAN Publishing, and I think we are going to produce some stellar issues for you in these next 12 months; because I believe in this country despite the people who run it, and think were going to see some real changes, positive changes, in parliament this year; because I believe in the fabulous people in my life, Ukrainian and non, and the fact that they are within my circle for a reason.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
19 January 
Khreshchennya or Epiphany is a religious holiday that has ties to Jesus being baptised in the Jordan River. In Ukraine, there are many who believe that on this day, any natural water source becomes holy and miraculously washes away disease and sin. Read more on page 20. 

22 January
The Ukrainian Peoples Republic and the Western-Ukrainian Peoples Republic unite on this day in 1919, becoming the Day of Unity of Ukraine.


The President Gets Shut Down - Whats Up?
Those paying attention to what happened in parliament last week will have noted that Big Viks influence is waning. A vote to relieve Serhiy Arbuzov of his position as head of the Central Bank of Ukraine failed to muster the number of votes (226) required to pass a bill, or in this case reshuffle parliament, and a repeat vote was required the following day.


A Looney in Odesa - Whats Up?
Twenty-three year old Odesite Oleksandr Kurennoy is apparently fed up with the foreigners and migrants coming through his city. His plan? To become the next Anders Breivik and force society to talk about the problem of migrants. 
Its a story that popped up on Live Journal over the weekend and was later picked up by the online Ukrainian news source Segodnya.ua. According to the blog, Kurennoy is horrified to think about the future, where we, as Ukrainians, could well become the minority in this city, in the country. We need to stop immigration, which benefits only corrupt politicians, officials interested in the Illuminati and other Masons.


A Gangsters Paradise? - Whats Up?
We dont often think of Ukraine as a major thoroughfare when it comes to drugs or weapons. The trafficking of people is quite prevalent, and certainly we have our fair share of criminals (most of whom are employed by the government of Ukraine rather than some underground overlord). But drugs and weapons?


Back in the Saddle Again - Whats Up?
Theyve done it again theyre baring all, clearly demonstrating that no one, nowhere and nothing is too good for what theyve got to expose. What was meant to be quiet prayer service by the Pope Benedict XIV at the Vatican last Sunday, turned into a strip down free-for-all, as the ladies of Femen rallied in the name of gay rights. 
France has recently made public plans to legalise gay marriage, to the dismay of Frances mainstream centre-right opposition, the Catholic Church and Frances five-million-strong Muslim community.


Ukraine is Rich! - Whats Up?
In gold, silver and bronze jewellery that is.
Apparently, archaeologists have unearthed a significant find, not only consisting of jewellery, but also 200 bronze coins, which according to experts, were buried by citizens of a town under siege almost 2,000 years ago! 
Found under an ancient fortress in the Crimean settlement of Artezia, researchers believe the finding may be worth millions.


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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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