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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 48 (2013)

48 (2013)/27
December2013 - 16 January2014
Faith Love Hope
Its what all of us here at Whats On wish for you and your families in 2014

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From The Editor (48) - Editorial
New Years resolutions are great if youre short on conversation topics at parties, but not much else; especially when you try promising yourself something you know youre not going to follow through on, or worse, you cant guarantee. Getting married to your unavailable mistress before the end of the next year for example isnt something you can guarantee. Nor is losing weight by stopping eating chocolates and biscuits at the office, especially when your secretary refuses to keep her desk free of the tasty little morsels.
Drinking less, quitting smoking, and exercising more theyre all good healthy options.


A Year in Review... - Ukraine Today
January 2013
The year starts off well for Ukraine International Airlines, which takes over a number of flights after Aerosvit files for bankruptcy because it sucks. A man opens fire on a local café in Rivne injuring eight people, and a loony in Odesa who wants to become the next Anders Breivik goes online with a picture of himself and his gun, saying he has chosen a student dormitory to start his mission. The country introduces a smoking ban in all public enclosed spaces, while Yulia Tymoshenko is named a suspect in the 1996 murder of Ukrainian businessman Yevhen Shcherban and his wife. Ukraine takes its traditional dip in the Dnipro for Khreshchenia or Epiphany and Gazprom slaps the country with a $7 billion gas bill (little do we know at this point that our financial issues only get worse). Bloomberg publishes a list of the worlds richest men, on which Rinat Ahmetov occupies 26th place, and Serduchka splashes out on a new car Freddie Mercurys 1974 Silver Shadow Rolls Royce, worth a whopping £74,600! Plus, the lovely Yulia Gritsenko wins the Whats On Face of Kyiv Cover Model 2012 competition!


Happy New Year from.. - Kyiv Celebrities
...a star-studded Kyiv, who want to wish one and all a Happy New Year and Merry Ukrainian Christmas! This last year has been one of chaos, exhilaration and uncertainty, but fear not 2014 is just around the corner. Along with all of us here at Whats On, some of the countrys most recognised personalities want to wish you a wonderful holiday season.


The Circus Comes to Life - This month
CirkAfrika featuring Cirque Phenix (FR, performance circus), Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl 1), 27 December 5 January at various times
José, a wacky pilot crash-lands in an unknown land he can only guess to be Africa. Faced with hostile enemies or so he thinks and animals of the Serengeti, José faces his fears and comes away with a much different understanding of the African continent than the one he originally had. Bringing animals from the savannah to life in the form of virtual 3D images and oversized life-like puppets, the show builds in excitement thanks to the antics of acrobats from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt and Australia.


Pieces of Eight! Pieces of Eight! - This month
Treasure Island (live puppet show and interactive play), Premier Palace (Shevchenko Blvd/Pushkinska 5-7/29), 7 January at 13.00
The one-legged Long John Silver with his charismatic parrot is coming back to the stage, with a hugely enhanced show featuring popular cartoon and movie characters from Ice Age and The Simpsons, plus Caribbean pirate Jack Sparrow, Scrooge McDuck and his nephews, and many more!


Grand Christmas Masked Ball - This month
Sleeping Beauty (UA, music performance), Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv (Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska 1), 25 January 2014 at 11.00, 14.00, 17.00, 6 January at 11.00, 14.00
The beginning of January ushers in a number of great New Year events, and this next one at the Fairmont is no different. Its a Christmas fancy dress ball featuring Sleeping Beauty, and it will take children as well as their parents into a world where fairytales really do come true.


New Year Old World Style - This month
Winter Fairyland in Ancient Kyiv, Kyivska Rus Park (Kopachiv Village, Obukhov district 34km from Kyiv), 21 December 19 January from 10.00
Kyivska Rus Park is making space for the seasons biggest and most popular visitor Did Moroz! The Ukrainian Santa will be making an appearance as early as 21 December at this old world Ukrainian park, where kids big and small can come and tell the jolly fellow what they would like to find under the tree.


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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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