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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 5 (2013)

5 (2013)/2013
15 February - 21 February
Equivokee caught Clowning Around
Whats On talks to this trio of clowns about their newest award and life in the circus 

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From THE EDITOR (5) - Editorial
I dont usually like devoting this space to talk about the weather, but how about those snow showers weve been having lately? In addition to turning the whole city into one giant unpleasant slushie, such weather has the tendency to turn typically intelligent conversation into empty-headed babble about what the heavens might release on us tomorrow. Its a shame, because there are so many more interesting topics of conversation to engage in, not to mention activities. 
And yet, I also acknowledge the rather large part weather plays in this society. People in Kyiv love their city, and as a rule are an out-of-doors kind of people.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
16 February 1813 
Opera singer Semen Hulak-Artemovsky is born. As the nephew of well-known Ukrainian writer Petro Hulak-Artemovsky, Semen went on to win even more acclaim than his uncle for his outstanding vocal talents. Introducing Ukrainian-language opera in Zaporozhets Beyond the Danube, this and other works of his can still be found on the playbill of Ukraines National Opera House.

15 February 1953  
Well-known and highly awarded Ukrainian actor Anatoliy Khostikoyev is born. Today, he is a leading actor of the National Ivan Franko Theatre playing roles both in classical Shakespearean dramas as well as contemporary comedies.


Jewish Businessmen Take Up Top Spot When It Comes To Ukrainian Philanthropy - Whats Up?
Theyre often in the news, Ukraine's billionaires, and have again landed themselves in the local press this week this time though for doing good. Yes, according to Galytskiy Kontrakty, a Lviv-based weekly, Ukraines three most generous philanthropists of 2012 are Rinat Akhmetov, Viktor Pinchuk and Oleksandr Feldman, each a big-time businessmen, and each of whom happen to be Jewish.


Ukraines Anti-Gay Law Gets Binned - Whats Up?
The current anti-gay Promotion of Homosexuality law  is one that has been highly controversial in recent months, with proponents calling it blatantly discriminatory and, like so many laws in this country, incredibly vague. If enacted, those charged with what would amount to a criminal offence, could face fines of 5,000hrv and jail time of up to five years!


Cramped Quarters for Big John - Whats Up?
Kyivs newest mall has caved to activists who have been protesting against the cramped conditions of Big John, the two-(or so)metre sand tiger shark housed in the 300-cubic-metre aquarium of Ocean Plaza. While the mall had apparently made claims the shark felt fine, protestors believed otherwise, and started appearing in front of the mall in early January with placards, accusing the mall of animal cruelty.


A Country Of Piracy - Whats Up?
The International Intellectual Property Alliance has some bad news for Ukraine weve been blacklisted for continuous violations of intellectual property rights. As a county of whiz kids and computer geeks, that may not surprise you. However, the problem of copyright is not simply one of the layman or private user. Apparently, the Ukrainian government too have been caught with their intellectual property pants down, with unlicensed software being used by various state institutions, even Ministries!
Whats more, the IIPA has named the state as the largest consumer of unlicensed programmes in the country! How do they know?


City Makes Plans to Continue Municipal Makeover - Whats Up?
There is a three-kilometre stretch of land in Kyiv gearing up for a little reconstruction. Calling it ReUNI0N Alley, the plan is to create an active area extending from the arch of the Peoples Park of Friendship to the Dnipro metro station, whereby the 24 regions of Ukraine, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, will each be individually represented.


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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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