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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 2 (2014)

2 (2014)/2014
24 January - 30 January
Defiance on Hrushevskoho

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From The Editor (2) - Editorial
Whew. What a week. You have to give the Ukrainian government credit: they sure do keep things interesting. Whats On began the year thinking that perhaps the Ukrainian populace had tired of Kyiv looking more like an episode of Survivor than their beautiful capital of Ukraine and, to be sure, there are plenty in town who would like nothing more than to see this all wrapped up tomorrow, with Maidan squatters duly punished.
Considering the rather dismal amount of people turning out on Maidan as of late, we here at Whats On were getting slightly concerned that those AntiMaidaners might just get their wish.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
30 January 1868
Ukraines first professional music school is opened in Kyiv. The school has five classes in piano, violin, cello, vocal, and music theory. Since 1965, the school has been known as Reinhold Gliere Music College, the only Soviet composer thrice awarded with prestigious pre-October Revolution Glinka prize.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Nema tini bez svitla
There is no shade without light
And this is true. Groping our way through a dark tunnel, we instinctively head towards the light. Just make sure the light ahead is not one of a moving train.

Titushky, Again - Whats Up?
On the night of 20 January, the streets of Kyiv were once again unsafe to walk. Gangs of titushky formed in various locations and wandered about generally intimidating people and making a nuisance of themselves; in total they numbered several hundred. It has to be said that these werent the hardcore MMA trained or sports-club type like Vadym Titushko, after whom the group are now named; in fact having seen videos of these people being questioned about their involvement in disturbances we simply feel sad for them.


Where are Europe, the US and Canada? - Whats Up?
Theyre in a place called deeply concerned and that appears to be where theyre staying. Despite repeated protestations that they all fully support the protestors and their rights to protest, they have all done absolutely zero, except express their deep concern.
There are rumours that Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko has been persona non grata by the US, but theres nothing official on that. Even if its true, its only one man.


Sticks and Stones - Whats Up?
Pitted against body-armoured, helmeted, and armed forces carrying shields, protesters facing off against them on Kyivs Hrushevskoho Street have had to improvise.
That initially meant bearing whatever came to hand as arms when clashes began on Sunday 19 January, but the weaponry quickly evolved from the Stone Age to, well, the medieval. Sticks and stones (in the form of rapidly broken pavement) have given way to improvised shields and armour. Protesters have taken the medieval comparison and run with it.


Ukrainian Government More Like Putins Puppet - Whats Up?
The countrys newest edicts pushed through on 16 January, or Black Thursday, have been published in The Voice of Ukraine, the official Verkhovna Rada newspaper. According to Ukraines Constitution, any new law goes into effect the day after it is printed, which means as of 00.00 Wednesday 22 January, these new regulations take effect here in Ukraine.


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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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