|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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 ¹ 4 (2014)|
7 February - 13 February
Face of Kyiv 2013
Just a Minute
Take me out!
|From The Editor (4) - Editorial|
I had an electronic discussion with a fellow colleague in the world of journalism this week, who had picked up What’s On in the early days of the revolution, and was surprised to see that it had become so political. It’s true, What’s On has taken a stance in light of recent events here in Kyiv and across Ukraine, despite our mandate as an inherently entertainment-based magazine to, well, entertain an English-speaking readership.
|This Week in History - Whats Up?|
7 February 1483
The first book by a Ukrainian author is published in Rome. It’s the Latin-language astrology and philosophy treatise A Prognostic Look At the Current Year, written by scientist and President of Bologna University Yuriy Drohobych. There are only two copies available today – in Poland and Germany.
|Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?|
Kudy ne kyn’ – vykhodyt’ klyn
Whatever you do, it does not help you much
A straight-to-the-point proverb meaning the current situation has become complicated and complex due to your carelessness. The steps taken now, regardless of what they are, will only cause further problems. Taking the old adage you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t into account, perhaps it might have been better to think ahead and consider all possible consequences, no..?
|A Golden Toilet - Whats Up?|
A Golden Toilet takes over Lenin’s former throne in Kyiv (bottom of Blvd Shevchenko and Khreshchatyk). No further comment necessary.
|Follow the Money - Whats Up?|
One of the benefits that come from this modern age of Internet and access to information is accountability. That is something that the figures in the ruling regime have to get used to now also in another sense, due to the incredible investigative work of various parties who have invested vast amounts of time and resources in uncovering, through public records, the trails of the money that flows around these people.
|Chinese Whispers or EuroMaidan Divide? - Whats Up?|
As the heat dissipates (for now) in the ongoing EuroMaidan standoff with Ukraine’s leadership, words are stoking the fires long after the burning tyres on Hrushevskoho Street were extinguished. Misinformation has dogged both sides in the conflict with each, naturally, blaming the other.
The media has played a part, disseminating information from social media and other sources to get the “scoop” on the competition. Citizen journalism has also played a role.
|Big Yanu Off to Sochi - Whats Up?|
Yes, that’s the best thing to do when your country is in turmoil – bugger off on a jolly to the Winter Olympics. Of course, if Putin is anywhere close by, it won’t be much of a jolly for the big lug. Let’s just hope he stays there.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.