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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 26 (2013)

26 (2013)/2013
12 July - 18 July
Not just a French affair... Impressionism
Various Ukrainian artists are just starting to get the recognition they deserve

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From The Editor (26) - Editorial
Religion is something that seems to be getting a lot of press lately, regardless of where you live, what you believe in and where you think you end up when all is said and done. Having just celebrated Ivana Kupalo in this part of the world a sort of reluctant mix of Christian and Pagan traditions honouring the summer solstice, the theme continues in a story picked up by the local news this week that details what could turn out to be killings in the name of religion.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
18 July 1863
The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Empire Pyotr Valuev signs a secret decree, called the Valuev Circular, which prohibits the publication of a large portion of materials in the Ukrainian language. This was updated in 1876 to include a ban of the Ukrainian language in any and all materials


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Pishly na kavu!
Lets have coffee!
This innocent invitation can sometimes mean a romantic date make sure you know what youre getting yourself into!

Swim At Your Own Risk! - Whats Up?
Its summer, its hot, and the only thing you can think of is getting to the beach. You might want to think twice about where you go, however, as Kyiv city authorities have given their official stamp of approval on just two beaches!
According to Pleso, Kyivs governing body concerning all things environmental, only two beaches from 11 earlier this year remain clean enough to swim in: Dytiachiy and Peredmistna Slobidka, found in Hydropark.


Kyiv City Metro To Get Protective Facelift? - Whats Up?
Deputy Head of Kyivs City Administration Oleksandr Puzanov wants to make the Kyiv metro a safer place to be. Quite a noble aspiration, considering a man died after being pinned to the tracks by one of the trains just a few weeks back.
The plan includes an enclosure of a sheet of Plexiglas, which would create a barrier between passengers and the tracks.


Lviv: Best European City - Whats Up?
No plans this weekend? Head to Lviv according to the Virtual Tourist website, it is number one on their Top 10 European Cities to See Now!
Dubbed a modern business hub, and the perfect place to explore on a weekend jaunt, its thanks in part to the citys compact centre area, opera house, close-by Kornyakt Palace, and the many museums offering inspiring exhibitions of all sorts.


A New POV for Kyiv - Whats Up?
Move over London Eye: Kyivs getting its own observation wheel, and if reports are to be believed, its coming quick.
To be assembled in Mariinskiy Park, not far from the Museum of Water, the Kyiv Eye is said to be three times smaller than its London counterpart, rising just 50 metres over the city before returning back down to the ground. Regardless, those involved in the project are saying it is set to impress.
Built be the same engineers as have been involved in rides in Disneyland Paris, designs on the big wheel are apparently very modern, with eight compartments complete with benches, air conditioning and heat as necessary.


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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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