|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 47 (2007)|
21 December - 27 December
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR
Take me out!
Just a Minute
On the Sofa with...
|From THE EDITOR (47) - Editorial|
We wish you a merry 1 Christmas, we wish | you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Yes, it's that time of year again (already? Yes, already), and many of you will be getting ready to go home or go on holiday for a couple of weeks. And there's still so much to do... But don't worry, we here at What's On are ready and willing to help with all those last minute details. It's time to rack your brains again to try and think what to buy that special someone so they will feel every bit as loved as they are. But what? If you are scratching your head wondering what present is going to keep them happy then take a look at page 24 where we've got a list of his and her gifts that should keep them happy. Also, while we are all wondering where the year has gone, many of us will be thinking of our New Year resolutions and finding that most of them will be the same as last year. If you, like What's On deputy editor Natalia Marianchyk, are trying to cram in all the things you hoped to do this year but haven't had the time, or are disappointed that you haven't smartened up your eating and drinking habits as you promised yourself you would at the beginning of the year, then you should take a look at her story on page 32. For those of you not going away over the holiday season and wondering where you're going to spend New Year's Eve, then we have some excellent ideas (see page 26). Many of you may have noticed that winter is upon us, and that the snow has been falling hard. While that may make it somewhat miserable, not to mention a little treacherous, around town, as with everything in life there is a bright side - it's skiing and snowboarding time. Unlike last year, the ski resorts are all up and running and if you want to know the best places to go right here in Ukraine, look no further: What's On journalist Yulia Samus has all the info (see page 14). And remember, the most important thing of all is to relax, have fun, drink beer, eat lots of food, spread love and happiness to everyone you meet, and have a very happy holidays!
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Lavra Could Fall off UNESCO List - Whats Up?|
Call it a sign of the times. The same tempes− tuous urge toward reconstruction that’s been transforming Kyiv in general during these heady boom years has also been transform− ing what you’d expect to be one of the city’s quietest, most unchanging, and indeed most holy sites: the Pechersk Lavra. According to news reports last week, so many historical monuments have been destroyed on the sprawling grounds of the world−famous monastery complex over the Dnipro that the Lavra is in danger of losing its position on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. At least, that’s what Nelya Kukovalska, director of the Kyiv Sofia historical preserve, thinks. “Our number one [property] on the UNESCO list might disappear,” she said last week of the Lavra. She added, “We’re turning to society and to the mass media, and reach− ing out to the intelligentsia, so that we can stop this construction work and put an end to this chaos that’s going on today on the grounds of the Kyiv−Pechersk Lavra.”
|Russia Chides Ukrainian Nationalists - Whats Up?|
At long last Russia is turning its official attention to one of the nastiest problems plaguing it as it reasserts its imperial prerogatives across the globe: national− ism. Not Russian nationalism, however, but rather Ukrainian nationalism. Yes, in one of the finest examples of a pot calling a kettle black that recent history has seen, the Russian Interior Ministry has issued an aggressive statement in which it portrays itself as the victim of Ukrainian bullies.
|Donetsk Solidifies 2012 Programme - Whats Up?|
Donetsk is getting serious about preparing for its role as one of the hosts of the 2012 European football championship, to be held in various cities in Ukraine and Poland. A meeting last week of the Donetsk city council approved an inte− grated programme of preparation for 2012 that stated as its goal establishing the legal, social, economic, and organisational conditions to successfully host the prestigious soccer tournament. The tourney is expected to be a public relations, tourism, and financial boon for Ukraine, drawing hundreds of thou− sands of European football fanatics and doing much to solidify Ukraine’s posi− tion among Westerners as a country that should be taken seriously. On the national government level, at least, there’s been talk that Ukraine is lagging behind in its preparations for the event, but the Donetsk development should take the edge off those worries. The eastern industrial city is planning to cre− ate a European−quality infrastructure, including roads, sports complexes and stadiums, railroad stations, airport runways, and medical facilities. New hotels will be built, dormitories at institutions of higher learning will be renovated, and parks and monuments will get a cleaning. Who’s paying? National and local budgets, plus a planned 21 million hryvnya in private investment.
|Adenauer Fund: No EU for Now - Whats Up?|
The director of the Ukraine office of the Berlin−based Konrad Adenauer Fund, named after the West German’s first chancellor, last week threw a bit of cold water on Ukraine’s European UNI0N aspirations, saying that at the moment, no chance exists that Ukraine could soon join the super−state. Why? For not entirely surprising reasons. Firstly, while Ukrainian leaders talk a good game, they haven’t actually done much in practical terms to bring Ukraine’s legislation closer to the EU’s. Secondly, Ukraine has not yet reformed its tax code, carried out administrative reforms, or moved to improve the investment climate in the country. In addition, the fund director said that Ukraine hasn’t been effectively tackling its number one problem: its culture of corruption. In response, Serhiy Plotnyan, who heads the Rada’s committee for European integration questions, said that after Ukraine joins the WTO, discussions will start with Europe con− cerning the creation of a free trade zone. That zone, Plotnyan implied, will lead smoothly to Ukraine’s euro−integration, which in turn will mean a full spectre of relationships with the EU that will make technical membership in the body a moot point. At any rate, this is another clear message from Europe: Ukraine, before you look to us, clean your house!
|Latvian Brainstorm We Love This Town - My Kyiv|
Long-running Latvian pop sensations Brainstorm recently paid a two-day visit to Kyiv to play a corporate party for Kyivstar and appear on the TV show ‘Star Factory’. What’s On sat down to talk to them about their impressions of the Ukrainian capital.
|Classic Christmas Ballet Given a Ultra Modern Twist - Coming Soon|
`The Nutcracker’ in 2 acts, Ivan Franko Drama Theatre (3 Ivan Franko pl.) 30-31 December at 19.00
The Modern Ballet Theatre’s new interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s `Nutcracker’, the holiday classic based on Hoffmann’s tale, will appeal not only to children but also to their balletomane parents, who might be ready for a bold, bright new version of a ballet that comes around every holiday season. This production is making the familiar new. For booking call 279−5921.
|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.