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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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Poroshenko Gets a New Set of Pearly Whites - Whats Up?
Roly-poly chocolate baron and political grey eminence Petro Poroshenko startled journalists, photographers, and colleagues recently when he revealed a dazzling smile of sparkling white teeth. The sweaty sweet-toothed oligarch had previously been well-known for championing the cause of Soviet-style dental hygiene, sporting a natty combo of golden pegs which were the envy of babuski throughout the former USSR.


Diaspora Fans Clash with Russian Speakers - Whats Up?
Brawling and general rowdiness from English, Polish, and Dutch fans was predicted by many before the start of the World Cup but misbehaviour by the Ukrainian diaspora?! Things kicked-off during Ukraines 1-0 victory over Tunisia when a group of Donbass lads took exception to excessive dyakuling from a number of flag waving members of the Ukrainian diaspora.


Mikhailichenko Set to Join Scottish Club - Whats Up?
Following on from taking Ukraine Under-21s to the final of the recent European Championship, Dynamo Kyiv legend Alexei Mikhailichenko is being heavily tipped to become the new manager of Scottish Premier League outfit Hearts.


Fake Russian Alcohol Kills Thousands - Whats Up?
Russias Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has stated that counterfeit alcohol sold in shops and kiosks kills around 42,000 citizens every year. Describing the situation as a national tragedy, Nurgaliyev said that more than 100 Russians die every day, having poisoned themselves on counterfeit alcoholic drinks containing all manner of dodgy substances.


PM Yulia Dazzles in Expensive Fashions - Whats Up?
She may have given all her money away, but Yulia Timoshenko still doesnt compromise when it comes to fashion, with the gas princess recently appearing in public modelling a series of Louis Vuitton suits estimated to have cost around $30,000. Despite being a supporter of the local couturiers its well known that Yulia has a soft spot for French fashion, and her latest outfit has raised the ire of dowdy Soviet dinosaurs who would much rather Ukraine be represented by Natlia Vitrenko, a woman for whom style means horrendous suits and having a Brezhnev era hairdo filled with enough air to keep several zeppelins in business for a couple of months.


The Heart of African Kyiv - My Kyiv
As head of the Nigerian Diaspora here in Kyiv, Dr. John George is one of the capitals most high profile Africans. A resident of Ukraine since Soviet times, the God fearing entrepreneur is an active figure amongst business circles, and must be the only expat in town who doesnt see it as a place of excessive pleasure.


Treasures of Trukhaniv - Exploring Kyiv
Trukhaniv island, or simply Trukhaniv, located between the right and left banks of the Dnipro and reachable via Kyiv's pedestrian bridge, is for many a favourite outdoors destination. Indeed, far from being the wilderness we know today, a hundred years ago the island was active with industry and other signs of urban development, as recent discoveries by Kyiv historian Roman Vorobyov show. 


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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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