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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.


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11 (2013)/2013
29 March - 4 April
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Catch the Complexions Contemporary Ballet while theyre here in Kyiv this week

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From THE EDITOR (11) - Editorial
Sex, religion and politics: once the triptych of taboo topics to bring up at the dinner table, they are the most popular conversation pieces in society today. Out for a beer with friends? Youll undoubtedly come across at least a couple of deep, possibly heated, conversations about transgendered people and the toilets they should or shouldnt use, whether Noah was really able to pack up to 30 million animal species on his ark, or why women do or dont have a place in government. Sometimes, you can kill two birds with one stone in the Svoboda supporter commenting on why gay people are just perverted.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
1 April
Historians believe the tradition of celebrating April Fools Day, or as we call it here in Ukraine World Lie Day, came to Ukraine from Germany in the 18th century. Out of all of the cities in Ukraine, 1 April is celebrated most actively in Odesa, the Ukrainian capital of humour, where every year a funny parade precedes a number of stand-up comedy acts and concerts later in the day. 

1 April 1809 
Famous Ukrainian writer Mykola Gogol is born. Despite the fact that he writes in the Russian language, Gogol reveals his love and admiration for Ukraine in the local traditions and historical events found in all of his novels.


New roads? - Whats Up?
According to a press conference given by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov last week, the Ukrainian government plan to amp up funds to the tune of 900 million USD to the already 3 billion USD earmarked for road and road surface repair throughout eastern and central Ukraine.


Ukrainian Classrooms Plug In - Whats Up?
Ukrainian schools are saying goodbye to the Dewy Decimal System and saying hello to Google, with the implementation of the National Open World Project. According to Vladyslav Kaskiv, Head of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine, 54 schools throughout the country will participate, which sees all seventh grade students and teachers in these schools having access to one computer each.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
This word guarantees you a warm welcome in any Ukrainian house/celebration/group of guys having beer/gaggle of girls sipping cocktails, as its the equivalent of the western cheers. With its origins deeply rooted in the past, the toast wishes everyone good health. So take up that shot of horilka, holler out a hefty Budmo and you will undoubtedly be considered an authority on Ukrainian culture!

March Snowstorms Bring April Showers - Whats Up?
Ukrainians: rejoice! According to director of the Ukrainian Hydrometereological Centre, Mykola Kulbida, A warm atmospheric front will move through Ukraine as early as 1 April!
He warned, however, that while warming will be gradual, with rain expected instead of snow showers, evening temperatures will drop to below freezing, making roads and walking surfaces very slippery.


Ukrainian Passports Get a Makeover - Whats Up?
Its been rumoured for a while now, but it looks like Ukraines government has finally come to a decision on the new design of passports, which means Ukrainian citizens are going to have to trade in their current travelling documents you know, the ones that look more like an art-class project than an official document (save the stamp of course), for the real, biometric option.
The bill introducing biometric passports in Ukraine had in fact been passed back in 2012, on 15 February. With Ukraine looking for a little letup on those pesky visa requirements of its citizens, the new e-passport was one of the stipulations placed on the country by the EU.


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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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