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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 16 (2013)

16 (2013)/2013
3 May - 9 May
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The Russian Edith Piaf - Coming Soon
Tamara Gverdtsiteli (GE, chanson), Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 22 May at 19.00
Without exaggeration, Georgian-born Tamara Gverdtsiteli can aptly be called one of the greatest singers in the post-Soviet republic. Singing in eight languages, including French, Italian, Ukrainian, Russian and Hebrew, her performance is best described as vaudevillian. Come along tonight and envelope yourself in war tunes, French chanson as well as her own creations you wont regret it.


From THE EDITOR (16) - Editorial
For all of the Victory Days I have observed in this country, it has never really clicked what they actually represent. For me, commemorations of war occur on 11 November, with 9 May acting simply as one of the many, many days of this month I get to sleep an extra hour.
This time its different. Whether because of a book I have just finished, detailing the recent history of the Balkans or because of a somewhat incendiary online post I have been mulling over for a few weeks, I cant help but put a little thought into this holiday and look a little deeper with a more incisive eye.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
3 May
World Press Freedom Day reminds the world of those in the media who persevere despite what can be pretty severe circumstances. This day is especially significant here in Ukraine Georgiy Gongadze was killed for reporting on the corruptive scandals seen in the highest levels of Ukrainian government.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Z Dnem Peremohy
This is a phrase you will likely hear a lot on 9 May, and translates as Happy Victory Day. Wish this to your fellow Kyivites and it will be returned in kind.

Football Fans Demand Pavlichenkos be Freed - Whats Up?
Dynamo Kyiv fans adopted very different chants on Saturday 27 April demanding a father and son convicted of killing a judge be freed.
In the latest of a series of unprecedented protests that date back to mid-2012, up to 600 fans of the club rallied in Taras Shevchenko Park before marching in support of Businessman Dmytro and his son Serhiy Pavlichenko, Interfax-Ukraine reported.


Vinnytsya Fountain Opens New Season - Whats Up?
You may or may not be aware the Ukrainian city of Vinntsya has Europes largest floating fountain. Unveiled in 2011, the 97-metre long structure has become quite the hotspot for tourists and locals alike, and so as to hold onto its international notoriety, a new programme is presented each year. Premiering on Saturday 27 April, the 2013 show showcases incredible water feats complete with special light effects and music.


Brazilian Carnival Set for Ukraine - Whats Up?
This time next year, Kyiv could look a lot more like Brazils Rio de Janeiro: well have the warm weather (fingers crossed) and weve definitely got the hot girls its the perfect recipe for a Brazilian Carnival!
At least, this is the thought process of our esteemed Kyiv City State Administration Head Oleksandr Popov, who is doing his darnedest to gain as much support as he can to be officially elected as the citys mayor in the next municipal elections.


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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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