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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 36 (2013)

36 (2013)/2013
4 October - 10 October
Ukrainian Fashion Week takes to the catwalk
Celebrating 33 seasons of fashion this week

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From The Editor (36) - Editorial
Back to the grind after a short sojourn abroad, I have to agree with little Dorothy there really is no place like home. Despite the cabbie getting lost at the airport (how do you get lost at one of the most visited venues in the city?) and coming home to an icebox of an apartment (when temperatures hit near freezing its time to turn on the heat dear mayor), its good to be back.


Worlds Largest Photograph Snapped in Kyiv - Whats Up?
An aerial photograph shot of 500 Ukrainian singers, dancers and musicians in national costume on Kyivs Mykhailivska Square is set to become the largest individual frame photograph in the world.
The image, shot from a hot air balloon by Ukrainian-American photographer Serhiy Melnikoff on Saturday September 28 features 500 singers, dancers and musicians representing Ukraines national art scene.


One Track Minds Lead to Tragedy - Whats Up?
In perhaps what is the ultimate in unsafe sex, a Ukrainian couples lust for each other and urge to spice up their sex-life ended in tragedy when a woman was killed by a train and her partner had his legs torn off during some pre-dawn nookie on a railway track.
According to police, the accident took place in the south-eastern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhya early Saturday 28 September.


Ukraine-Canada Trade Relationship Falters - Whats Up?
Proposed bilateral free trade relations between Ukraine and Canada have stalled amid a number of unreasonable Ukrainian demands Ukraine is not too pleased and, characteristically, cant see what the issue is.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Vadym Prystaiko is quoted in the Toronto Star as saying the deal has fallen over after three years of talking and five rounds of negotiations due to Ukraines attempt to renegotiate hundreds of tariff reductions at the World Trade Organisation.


Yanukovych Riding Popularity High - Whats Up?
Yes, you read the headline right, one in five Ukrainians are ready to vote for the incumbent Viktor Yanukovych at the next presidential election and the same number believe he has done more for integration with the EU than any other.
According to the results of the survey released on Monday 30 September, by the Research and Branding Group, if the next presidential elections were held on 6 October, Yanukovych would comfortably retain power with a total of 20.8% of the vote.


Young Kyiv Entrepreneurs Mean Business - Ukraine Today
The most stressful times in life include moving house, getting married, the first time in a marshrutka and starting your own business. Despite the latter though, many shrewd young people with new ideas are trying to establish themselves in Kyiv, hoping to produce the next big thing. Whats On meets three budding business people to discuss their inspirations, successes and challenges in business and looks at where you can turn for business mentoring and education.


It will make you want to live... - This Week
Educating Rita (lyrical comedy) featuring Fiodor Dobronravov, Iryna Medvedeva, Oleksandr Kovtunets, October Palace (Instytutska 1), 10 October at 19.00
This paradoxical yet positive play by Krzysztof Zanussi of Poland is a good motivator for those of us who tend to see the world as a glass half empty. Complete with characters who bring the stereotypes we face on a daily basis to life, Educating Rita is a wonderful look at the unpredictability of love, and, according to its epigram, is a performance that makes you want to live.


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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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