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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 37 (2013)

37 (2013)/2013
11 October - 17 October
Fire Up Your Heart with The Queen of Pop
Ani Lorak gets back on stage after a short hiatus playing wife and mother

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From The Editor (37) - Editorial
So, its a Saturday night, my mother has just left after an extended visit and my husband has just returned from watching Man U narrowly lose to Sunderland down the pub. Its still early but neither of us feels like straying too far from home luckily, theres a boxing match about to come on the tube.
Volodymyr, or Wladimir as the international press like to call him, Klitschko is taking on Alexander Povetkin.


Half of Kyiv Could Be Left Without Heat - Whats Up?
Apparently, half of the residents of Ukraines capital could be left without heating for the forecasted first frosts of autumn, according to a report issued by the press service of Kyivenergo.
Apparently, Kyivtransgaz has cut gas pressure to combined heat and power generation plants five and six in the city, and because of this, the plants cannot heat enough water to warm the radiators in the homes in the parts of the city they service.


Wikipedia Comes to Odesa - Whats Up?
There are some fabulous innovations taking place in Odesa these days in the way of QR codes. Equipping various landmarks in the southern Ukrainian city with the new technology, anyone with a smart phone can just scan the code and a wealth of information will appear care of Wikipedia.


A Bit of Banditry - Whats Up?
A clip surfaced on Facebook last week (yes we were surfing the web when we were supposed to be working it happens) that sent shockwaves through all those who saw it in our office. By chance, it caught on tape three men in black carrying a variety of guns, a couple of which looked to be AK-47s, and firing twice at a silver Seat Ibiza. According to various sources, the target was a courier for EkoMarket who had 500,000hrv on his person.


Charged for Driving in the Centre of Kyiv! Maybe Soon! - Whats Up?
In the run-up to the big fat Association Agreement being (hopefully) signed next month, Kyiv has been trudging along, working at making the city that much more efficient in terms of transport. According to reports by our esteemed traffic police, a congestion tariff could be meted out to all drivers in the centre of the capital in the near future.


Pressure Mounts Before Summit - Whats Up?
The European UNI0N had gone strangely quiet over the jailing and requested release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in recent months. However, various leaders are getting back on the human rights bandwagon with a recent visit by Irelands former European Parliament president Pat Cox and ex-Polish president Alexander Kwasniewski. The two were in town on Friday 4 October to specifically ask President Yanukovych, or as we like to call him, the big lug, to pardon Tymoshenko once and for all.


Scandal, Stage Left - Ukraine Today
The theatrical world is renowned for its, well, theatrics but when the drama offstage starts to rival that onstage theres a problem. Last summer Kyivs theatre scene was rocked by scandals involving the biggest names in classical and modern ballet in Ukraine Denys Matvienko, ex-soloist of the National Opera, and Radu Poklitaru, choreographer and director of Kyiv Modern Ballet. Whats On revisits the drama now the weather and emotions have cooled and the new theatre season has opened.


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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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