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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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16 November - 22 November

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From THE EDITOR (42) - Editorial

Break out the ' thermals. Dust off the woolly hats, gloves and scarves. Yes, summer is well and truly in the past and winter came upon us at the weekend with a vengeance (and my radiators still aren't working, even after big arguments and forking out a fortune to plumbers from communal services!). After a few flurries earlier in the week, some serious snow fell on Sunday covering the city in a crisp, white blanket, which, while very pretty to look at, soon was churned up into brown sludge. There is no doubt about it, Ukrainian winter days are short, and the cold, dark nights are long, and it has to make you wonder about the sense of putting the clocks back here meaning that dusk starts to set in sometime around 3.00pm depending on the cloud cover. We reported earlier in the year on a new report that ranked Ukraine as the country with the second highest rates of depression in the world, following closely on the heels of the US, and it isn't really surprising at this time of year. Psychologists and psychiatrists seem to be constantly inventing new terms for being down in the dumps, and it wasn't that long ago that one of these geniuses coined the phrase 'Seasonal Adjustment Disorder' (which rather neatly forms the acronym SAD) as a way of explaining the winter blues. Basically put, it means at this time of the year we don't see enough natural daylight, especially if we are cooped up all day in windowless offices under the pallid glow of fluorescent lighting. Here at What's On, however, we say "hogwash" to all that. This isn't the time of year to get melancholy, this is the time of year for getting out and having long winter walks with friends and family, having snowball fights and sledging. This is the time of year for drinking beer and vodka with your mates in a cosy pub. This is the time for snuggling up under a duvet with your loved one, sipping a steaming mug of cocoa and watching a movie. And this is the time of year to get a bit of culture and take advantage of all the wonderful things going on in Kyiv every week such as visiting the art galleries, going to the theatre or opera, or wandering around one of the many interesting and highly educational museums. And you can rest assured, What's On will be here for you all winter long, giving you the low down on all the best things happening in the city every week!

Neil Campbell, Editor

Storm Causes Environmental Disaster - Whats Up?

No sooner was the phosphorus cleaned up in western Ukraine than the country suffered another environmental disaster when four tanker ships sank last weekend in six-metre seas in the Kerch Strait. Thousands of tons of crude oil, which was being transported from the Caspian basin, and of equally toxic sulfur were spilled into the waters of the strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. At least eleven ships were involved in the striking incident, with six managing to come safely through the heavy weather, even though one of the ships that survived suffered severe structural damage. One of the ships that sank did so off Sevastopol, while six ships ran aground elsewhere. The astounding naval disaster, which happened in waters not famous for their especially rough conditions, has already killed three sailors offically, and more than 20 are still missing. Oleg Mitvol, head of Russia's Natural Resources Ministry, was quoted in the press as saying that the disaster could lead to 10 or 15 years' worth of environmental problems on the local Ukrainian and Russian coastlines. The Ukrainian government has moved into emergency mode, but it's suspected that this disaster will require help from the West if the consequences to the coastline are to be mitigated.

New 'Football' Visa Issued for 2012 - Whats Up?

The Cabinet of Ministers last week adopted a resolution called 'On Amendments to the Rules for Drawing up Visa Documents for Entering Ukraine' that simplifies the process for entering Ukraine for foreigners involved with the preparation of the Euro 2012 Football Championship, which Ukraine will host in partnership with Poland. According to the Cabinet's press service, the government is introducing a new "F" visa that can be issued for up to five years, but not more than one year after the completion of the championship. The new visa is to be for employees and officials of the UNI0N of European Football Associations (UEFA), associated UEFA members, members of delegations participating in the championship, or commercial partners, mass media representatives, or other UEFA-accredited persons. Earlier the visa rules envisaged a validity period of up to 5 years only for foreigners of Ukrainian descent (the P2 visa).

Inflation Reaches Frightening Heights - Whats Up?

As if it wasn't dramatic enough yet, experts are predicting that inflation in Ukraine will take another spike upwards in January, as the government is interested in controlling the inflation rate only until the end of the year. News reports are quoting Vyacheslav Gerasimovich, an expert at CASE-Ukraine, as saying that the government's main task is to keep inflation within certain limits, like 11 percent, by the year's end. After that, apparently, people's interest in prices will fall off, and the government will let inflation creep up again. Whatever happens, inflation in Ukraine this year has been nothing short of mind-boggling. Former Finance Minister Viktor Pinzenyk is claiming that inflation for 2007 could top out at 15-16 percent this year, while reports have the inflation rate for the first nine months of this year as 13.5 percent. In October alone, according to the State Statistics Committee, it was 2.9 percent. What does the future hold into next spring? It's too early to tell, but it's not too late to change any extra cash into euros - or buy gold.

US 'Millionaire Mentor' Arrested - Whats Up?

In one of the more peculiar stories to appear recently, a middle-aged American who makes what appears to be a pretty decent living "mentoring" Ukrainians-for $3000 a pop - in how to become millionaires was arrested at the Russian border. Apparently Robert Fletcher, who runs the become-a-millionaire seminars through his company Global Systems Training -was trying to cross into Russia using a false Ukrainian passport on the Kyiv-Moscow train.


The Best of British Movie Making - Cover Story

The seventh annual British Film Festival is coming to Ukraine, and this year looks set to be better than previous years by a long way. The movies being shown have gained no less than 107 nominations and 54 awards at renowned film festivals throughout the world, and will include such talented actors as Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Peter OToole, Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett. The movies on show are by the best British directors around such as Ken Loach, Richard Eyre (a special guest at the festival), Keith Fulton and Michael Winterbottom. Theres insightful drama, hilarious comedy, nerve-jangling thrills and dramatic documentary everything the movie buff needs. So get yourself a large bucket of popcorn, sit back and enjoy!


Awards Ceremony Recognises Best Ukrainian Musicians - Coming Soon

Zolotaya Sharmanka 2007, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 4 December at 19.00
One of the most prestigious awards in Ukraine, Zolotaya Sharmanka is aimed at encouraging Ukrainian musicians. Lots of acts you know from the radio or music television will appear here, dressed to the nines in their evening best. Tickets are 100−1700 hrv. For more information call 501−2520.

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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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