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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 14

20 April - 26 April

Special 8th Anniverary Birthday lssue it`s Great When You`re Eight!

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From THE EDITOR - Editorial

Eight years is a long time in publishing, and in sixteen year old independent Ukraine it literally represents half a lifetime, so it is with great pleasure that I welcome readers to our special eighth anniversary addition! When we started out back in 1999 there were a few eyebrows raised at the idea that good old Kyiv could be vibrant enough to sustain a weekly English-language lifestyle magazine. After all, Moscow didnt have one, and neither did the booming metropolises of Poland or the Czech republic, so why Ukraine? Undaunted, we went ahead, determined to give Kyiv something to be proud of. Over three hundred and fifty issues later and the magazine has developed a loyal readership among both the international and progressive Ukrainian communities which has kept us going from strength to strength over the years. Kyiv has changed almost beyond recognition in the meantime, and we have done our best to try and keep up with all the improvements that have helped make the Ukrainian capital one of Europes most pleasant cities. It hasnt always been easy but you, dear readers, have stuck by us and in the process helped make Whats On a unique Kyiv institution. What started out as a simple expat city guide has grown into something that unites Kyivs international and local communities and offers a window onto all that is exciting and challenging in todays Ukraine. Weve loved every minute of it, and we hope you have too. As far as I know Whats On is still Eastern Europes only weekly English-language lifestyle magazine, which is something I would like to think all Kyivites can be proud of, wherever they are from!

Peter Dickinson

Millions Spent on Shabby Parody - Whats Up?

The Ukrainian press has been quick to lampoon the demonstrations as a whole new industry which has been dubbed Maidan Travel Ltd. The economic impact has not been wholly negative, however, as these staged protests have allowed people from the impoverished regions to earn what is in many cases quadruple their average monthly salary in a matter of days.


Diplomat Race Attack - Whats Up?

Fears of a rising tide of racial violence strengthened last week when a senior Egyptian diplomat was assaulted by neo-nazis in central Kyiv, according to the Egyptian news agency MENA. A group of twelve people assaulted counsellor Khaled Nader, according to the report, although it did not reveal the extent of the injuries received. Kyiv has witnessed a number of racially motivated attacks in the past year, with four African residents of the Ukrainian capital losing their lives and a number of other non-white residents being on the receiving end of serious assaults. The attacks are thought to be the work of a small minority of far-right extremists and mirror a far broader trend of similar attacks in neighbouring Russia, where nationalist groups are said to receive tacit support from the state and campaign openly for the removal of non-ethnic Russians from all spheres of public life. A mass demonstration of opposition to this outbreak of racial violence in Kyiv was planned for 6 April but the current political unrest forced event organisers to postpone the march. Whats On will announce the new date as soon as it is fixed.

Brand New Theme Tune for Klitschko Jnr? - Whats Up?

Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has offered to pen a new entrance theme for Ukraines heavyweight boxing champ Volodymyr Klitschko because he is convinced that the current tune does not do the Kyiv knockout merchant justice. Klitschko junior currently enters the arena to the sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers track Cant Stop but rock n roll hero Anselmo remains confident that he can do better. Anselmo is a big boxing fan and claims that while the current entrance tune is OK, it is not really motivating the fighter. Nothing against the Chili Peppers but Cant Stop takes away from the intensity and credibility of Klitschkos performance. Ive already got an idea. What I have to offer would pump up the crowd. It would pump up the world and it would pump up Klitschko. Im more than capable of writing the ultimate Klitschko entrance song, the modest musician commented.

Svitlana Volnova - Cover Story

TV host and socialite
I have to admit that I always check to see if my picture is in Whats On. You show great taste when choosing what should go in and what events to cover. My American friends love Whats On cause it lets them know what is going on in Kyiv, both culturally and politically.



Dateline: April 1999
The first issue of Whats On Kyiv hit the steets in the spring of 1999 with local heroes Dynamo Kyiv poised to reach the Champions League final for the first time. Young guns Andriy Shevchenko and Sergiy Rebrov had emerged in the 1998-99 season as the worlds deadliest strike force and with the Ukrainian champs disposing of holders Real Madrid in the quarter finals only Bayern Munich stood between Valery Lobanovskis side and a place in the final. Despite hammering the Germans in Kyiv, Dynamo let a 3-1 lead slip to draw the match following a late Bayern rally before losing the second leg 0-1. Sheva left soon afterwards and the break-up of the great Dynamo side of the late 1990s began in earnest.


Victory Day Celebrations - Coming Soon

Victory Day Concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiiska), 9 May at 18.00
9 May is a day of both great joy and great sorrow. It is impossible to know exactly how many people lost their lives during The Great Patriotic War (WWII), how many wives and children were widowed and orphaned in the fight against fascism, but the war was won and the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice lives on. To mark the anniversary of victory over fascism the ensemble of the Ministry of Internal Affairs along with the vocal quartet `Hetman` and the show group `Alisa` also from the Ministry of Internal Affairs along with many other artists from Ukraine are to hold a concert in honour of all those who died. Tickets are 17-70hrv. For reservations call 501-25-20.


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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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