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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.


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Kyivs Famed Chestnut Trees Under Threat - Whats Up?
One of the Ukrainian capitals most distinctive summer sights, the blossoming chestnut tree, is under threat after a long hard winter during which temperatures regularly plunged below -20C. Green-fingered boffins at ZelenBud, the official body responsible for all of Kyivs greenery, have been forced to cut down 400 lime and chestnut trees, after a combination of ice, water, and salt in particular, rotted away roots leaving the majestic and ancient trees prone to falling on top of pedestrians and passing vehicles.


Turkey Removes Piglet and Historic Latin Text - Whats Up?
The Islamic-rooted Turkish government has ordered a 500-year-old Latin inscription believed to have been carved by the Knights of St. John, erased. The inscription, which is found at the entrance to the dungeon of the Castle of St. Peter in the Aegean resort of Bodrum, reads Inde dues abest or Where God does not exist, a musing which the Turkish Ministry of Culture believes is of no historical value.


USA Looks to Ukraine for Health Boost - Whats Up?
Medical officials in the hang em and flog em US state of South Carolina are planning to send students to Ukraine for medical training in an effort to relieve a chronic shortage of nursing staff. Over the past few years hospitals and medical institutions have been forced to turn away applicants in increasing numbers because there are not enough instructors, classes, and hospital places to train them.


Ukraine Buoyant After Arabian Victory - Whats Up?
Things didnt bode well shortly before Ukraine kicked-off their second World Cup group game against Saudi Arabia. Less than a week earlier Blokhins Boys had been given a sound thrashing by a rampant Spain, citing noisy frogs for their depressing capitulation. We will take fishing rods to hunt these frogs croaked Dynamo Kyivs Vladislav Vaschyk, demonstrating a knowledge of angling even worse than his defending during the Spanish game which saw him red carded early in the second half.


Lovely Lorak Plans to Open Restaurant - Whats Up?
Whats On favourite and Aphrodite incarnate Ani Lorak has revealed plans to open her own restaurant. The gorgeous singer has found premises in fashionable Shota Rustavelli Street and says that she expects the venue to be up and running in the autumn. Ive always dreamed of going into the restaurant business. I want to create a place where people can relax, listen to good music, and eat delicious food purred the pop princess. When open the restaurant will boast a VIP hall, karaoke, and specialize in that type of food unique to Ukraine, European Cuisine. (www.fraza.com.ua)

Hawaiian Gulag Boogie - Current trends
The Soviet gulag experience may have left a deep imprint on the psyche of the citizens of the former USSR, but after years of denial and silence a wacky new CD has pushed the subject to the fore once more. The album in question features Stalin-era prison songs mixed with Hawaiian-style surf music, and it is proving an unlikely hit in increasingly totalitarian Russia, with interest growing across the whole of former Soviet Eastern Europe. Aloha!




Musing Local Music Mogul - My Kyiv
As the founder of Lavina Music, the local record label which boasts Okean Elzy, Ruslana, and Gaitana amongst its talents, Edward Klim is one of the most influential figures in the Ukrainian music scene. Like Kyiv itself Edward believes local music is moving in the right direction, and can thrive if in the right hands.



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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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