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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 20 (2013)

20 (2013)/2013
31 May - 6 June
Cossacks take Kyiv By Storm
These once fierce horsemen feature at various events going on in and around the city this week

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From The Editor (20) - Editorial
A relatively new blog has surfaced, called When You Really Live in Kyiv. What it does is give the reader a situation, one that is theoretically often found in these parts, such as When trying to avoid human cartoon heroes at Khreshchatyk or When telling a Ukrainian girl there will be no EURO this year and no Swedes are coming.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
4 June 1775
Ekaterina IIs troops completely wipe out the Zaporizhska Sich, a socio-military formation of Cossacks who fought for the rights and liberties of the Ukrainian people.

6 June 1889
Ihor Sikorsky, a well-known American aircraft engineer of Ukrainian descent is born in Kyiv.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Idy do bisa!
Go to hell! Ukrainians can, at times, be somewhat rude use as needed.

The Future of Art - Whats Up?
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation and PinchukArtCentre take the show on the road with the Future Generations Art Prize@Venice 2013. The works of 21 artists from 16 different countries will be showcased at the 55th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia from 1 June until 1 September. Two entries from Ukraine appear this year: Mykyta Kadan and R.E.P.


First Stage of Roadworks Complete - Whats Up?
For those who have had to travel through Podil in the last number of months, we feel for you; traffic has been horrendous. Thats about to change, or at the very least get better, now that Prime Minister Azarov has opened the overpass linking Volodymyrsky Spusk and Naberezhno-Khreschatytska on Poshtova Ploscha. With balloons lining the side rail and blowing in the wind, the overpass represents the first stage of a large interchange, with a tunnel to follow.


Famous Literary Figure Found on the Dnipro - Whats Up?
A rare bird has been spotted on the Dnipro River thanks to famous Ukrainian sculptor Oleksiy Vladimirov. The unusual 3.5-metre monument made of metal can be seen from both banks of the Dnipro as well as from the Paton Bridge. Commissioned by Liubava Illienko, curator of Kyiv Fashion Park projects, the same organisation known and loved for the sculptures found among Peizazhna Alley, she says urban sculptures are in great demand here in Ukraine, and the idea originated a long time ago...before the 200th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Gogol, which was back in 2009.


One Small Step for Man... - Whats Up?
They didnt walk on the moon, you couldnt even call it a parade as such, however, the small march the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community engaged in on Saturday 25 May is a first for gay rights in this country.
Despite being cancelled last year, after one of the Kyiv Pride organisers was horribly beaten up by a group of young men, organisers this year claimed the parade would go ahead as planned along Khreshchatyk and up Khmelnytskoho.


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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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