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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 42 (2013)

42 (2013)/2013
15 November - 21 November
Mumiy Troll sail in on the Far-east Musical Tide
Come and check them out this week in Kyiv

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From The Editor (42) - Editorial
Its amazing the memories music elicits. The band we have on the cover this week, a Russian rock group from Vladivostok, takes me back to a time when I first arrived in Ukraine. It was the autumn before the Orange Revolution, when all was quiet on the home front. Come the weekends, when the days were ours and ours alone, we would sit around the kitchen table, laid with a knifed up old plastic tablecloth, on benches pulled from all corners of the house.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
17 November 1804
The Kharkiv Imperial University is founded by scientist and social activist Vasyl Karazin. It later gains the status of national and in 1999 the name Karazin is added to its official title. As the second oldest university in Ukraine, Nobel Prize laureates biologist Illya Mechnikov and physicist Lev Laudau studied here.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Knyga dzerkalo zhyttia
A book is a mirror of life (a Ukrainian proverb).
People say that the eyes are a mirror of the soul, well the same can be said about books and our daily lives. All the wisdom and knowledge accumulated throughout the centuries is recorded for all to read, in books.

Kyiv Christmas Market - Whats Up?
Kyiv hasnt even been treated to its first snowfall, but already the city is readying itself for a winter wonderland, where just under the Arch of Friendship, not far from European Square, an Arch of Presents will soon await.
The Christmas market will be similar to the one built along Khreshchatyk last year, just amplified, with around 80 little log cabins where youll be able to find Christmas decorations, wreaths, gifts, and crafts artisans.


And the Award for Most Improved Economy this year goes to... - Whats Up?
Well, according to the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, Ukraine.
In simply facilitating conditions for doing business in the country this year, Ukraine has jumped ahead 25 positions in the World Banks Doing Business 2014 report. Occupying 112th place out of 180, we are, apparently, to be commended for implementing regulatory reforms in eight out of 10 areas between June 2012 and June 2013.


Ukraine Boasts Best Balancing Act, Literally - Whats Up?
Ukraines population is dwindling, and there exist various explanations as to why. The best we can come up with, at least as far as this story is concerned, is that locals have been running off to join the circus and for good reason. Results of the Seventh International Youth Circus Groups Festival The Future of Circus 2013 show Ukraine taking top spot for most bendy and best balance at this years competition.
It was an almost across the board victory for Ukraine, which took home the gold in the under 12 category, the under 15 category, and the under 25 category, while the events coveted grand prix went to six gents called Acrobats on the Track hailing from Simferopol.


...and then Strikes Out Two Weeks Prior to the Signing of the EU Association Agreement - Whats Up?
As this magazine hits the shelves, it will be exactly two weeks to the EU summit in Vilnius where the historic Association Agreement is due to be signed, and here at Whats On our optimism is quickly turning to a soured pessimism as we watch the muppets in charge of this country do everything they can to derail it.X


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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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