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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.


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8 November - 14 November
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I have only ever been wall climbing (an activity we review in some detail this week) a handful of times. Its not suitable for anyone who doesnt bite their nails, or at the very least keep them very short. Grab the wrong rock and its game over: you slip and fall to your death, or at least to the nice beanbag matting lying on the ground if your spotter isnt paying attention. That, or your break a nail an even worse fate depending on who you are and what youre into.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
13 November 1889
Ukrainian poet Ostap Vyshnia is born. The writer, whose given name is Pavlo Gubenko, is very critical of his contemporaries, ridiculing his own weakness and that of his countrymen through satire.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Khto zamovlyae muzyku, toi i platyt.
The one who orders the music is the one who pays for it.
This little Ukrainian proverb conveys to all that if you want to have some fun, youre going to have to pay for it. It is also used in identifying who is boss he ordered it, he can pay for it.

Proximity ATM - Whats Up?
Ukraine is keeping up with international competitors in the banking world with a brand-new, revolutionary device revealed late last month at the Moscow Money of the Future conference. Catching the attention of bankers everywhere, it was PrivatBank making headlines with their new proximity ATM idea.
Instead of using a traditional debit card to withdraw cash, anyone with a mobile phone (currently only Android OS systems are applicable) and the required banking app will be able to withdraw money from their bank account.


A Little Greece in Kyiv - Whats Up?
According to various reports from our municipal neighbours, Hydropark will turn into a small ancient town next summer, but with a twist. City officials have called on Kyivs weird and wacky sculpture master Konstantin Stretutsky to help with the transformation, christening the area Little Greece.
In point of fact, City Hall has yet to find the money to fund the project, but that hasnt stopped Stretutsky (known for his Monument to Flying Cow and  Hedgehog in Fog among others) from going ahead with plans.


Russia and Ukraine: Environmental Baddies - Whats Up?
The world seems set on the creation of what would become the largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica, home to 16,000 known species, including whales, seals, albatrosses, penguins and unique species of fish. That is save two countries: Russia and Ukraine.
Delegates from 24 countries and the EU assembled in Hobart, Australia for a meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which looks to protect Antarcticas ocean wilderness.


AA Postponed? And, is that a good thing? - Whats Up?
The Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius remains a topic of hot conversation wherever you happen to find yourself in this city. Whether or not the Association Agreement (AA) will be signed when the 28 highest representatives of the EU member states and the six Eastern partners as well as representatives of the EU institutions get together on 28 29 November however remains to be seen.


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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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