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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 21 (2013)

21 (2013)/2013
7 June - 13 June
The capital struck by Summertime Sadness
Here in Kyiv this week, Americana superstar Lana Del Rey makes time for Whats On

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From The Editor (21) - Editorial
Its been awhile since I wrote anything really political on this page, and its not without reason. We are an entertainment magazine first and foremost there is another English-language publication in Kyiv that does the news quite well, if youre in need of finding out what the price of wheat might be in any given week you go there. Besides, were just far too cynical and sarcastic (or some of us are anyway) to take things too seriously. That is until we come across something we just cant sit on.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
9 June 1847
Russian Tsar Nicolas I signs an order to send Taras Shevchenko, well-known Ukrainian poet and artist, into exile to far off Orenburg, a city in the southeast of Russia. There, he was prohibited from drawing and writing.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Skilky koshtuye kvytok?
How much is the ticket? Be it a museum, theatre or public transport, this question will come in handy during your sojourn in Ukraine.

Ferret Finds a New Home - Whats Up?
Help, come quick, theres a ferret in my toilet! Or something to that effect, was the call police received recently from a family in the city of Illichivsk, Odesa region, and will no doubt go down as one of the weirdest on record.
Six-year-old Zinaida Parfenteva and her brother Ilya, were in the bathroom: Suddenly, we saw something crawling out of the toilet. We both got scared. Mum came running, grabbed us, and closed the door.


John Takes Aim - Whats Up?
A 20-year-old man has been taken into custody after shooting three prostitutes and stealing their jewellery and approximately 2,500hrv in cash. Think thats bad? Just wait, the story gets better, or worse, depending on your point of view.
Three ladies, also in their early 20s, opened the door to their apartment in Podil one evening last weekend to a young man looking for sex.


Swimming with the Fishes - Whats Up?
In a roundup of news that just keeps getting more and more bizarre this week, weve got a link here that will take you to a YouTube video of a man in Kryviy Rih jumping into a supermarket fish tank in nothing more than his birthday suit. The clip was captured by security cameras and then posted on the video-sharing website on 23 May, with nearly 458,000 views registered as we go to print.


Kyiv Mayor Wanted - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian capital has been living without an elected mayor ever since the unexplained exodus of former mayor Leonid Cosmos Chernovetsky. With Cosmos officially resigning from the post on 1 June 2012, the countrys big kahuna handpicked rather than had elected his successor, Oleksandr Popov, who has all chances of remaining the unelected mayor of Kyiv up until October 2015 the date Ukraines Constitutional Court has set for city elections.


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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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