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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 7 (2008)|
29 February - 6 March
Oksana Ostrovskaya is announced as the best looking Kyivlanka for the past year
Take me out!
On the Sofa with...
|From THE EDITOR (?7) - Editorial|
Putting together a weekly magazine sometimes feels a little like being in 'Groundhog Day', which is a coincidence because right now I could do with a Punxsutawney Phil to tell me if we still have six more weeks of winter ahead. Don't get me wrong, winter can be good if you're in the mountains, skiing or snowboarding, the snow is lying pristine on the ground and there's a log fire to go home to at night, but in the city with all the slush and ice making getting about a dirty and dangerous affair it's not so nice. Now, I don't want to tempt fate, and it may well be snowing and twenty below by the time this issue of What's On rolls off the presses, but as I write this I am looking out at a clear blue sky and glorious sunshine, and the thermometer is hovering around plus ten, all of which makes me wonder if it is possible that spring has arrived early this year. Certainly, the winter has been mild enough to have any industrialist who's still claiming global warming is a figment of the imagination of eco-loonies hiding in embarrassment, but still, it has been long enough, and I for one will be glad to see the back of it. I am longing to experience my morning constitutional to work without donning scarf and gloves, and to spend a Sunday afternoon picnicking in Pyrohova. Is it possible that we will soon be able to enjoy a beer on a sunny terrace rather than shut up in some smoky basement bar? Will the ladies of the city put smiles on all our faces by walking the streets in summer clothes? It's been too long as far as I'm concerned. It could just be that the weather is teasing us, and winter will return with a frosty vengeance, but let's be optimistic and maybe send out some positive vibes to the gods of meteorology in the hope they show us some benevolence.
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Klitschko Clobbers Ibragimov - Whats Up?|
Ukrainian hero and all−around good guy Volodymyr Klitschko beat up fellow heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov last Saturday night at New York City’s Madison Square Garden to win a unanimous vic− tory by decision and conquer the third of the five existent heavy− weight title belts. He’s now that much closer to being the undisputed world heavyweight champion. The match wasn’t the most exciting in the world, with the two huge bruisers doing a lot of standing around in the ring, which generated boos from the crowd. But in the end who cares?
|Pollution Reaches Moscow Levels - Whats Up?|
Ukraine doesn’t like being compared to Russia, so it certainly won’t enjoy reaching parity with its northern neighbor in this regard: the air in its capital is now officially as polluted as the air in Russia’s capital. Yes, it’s true, Boomtown Kyiv has caught up with Moscow in terms of its filthy air. This is a development that will make some people happy in a roundabout way – after all, more pollution is in this case the sign of a growing economy that’s putting more money into the pockets of the new middle class, which in turn is using it to buy the automobiles they always dreamed of.
|Lutsenko Talks Corruption - Whats Up?|
Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko comes across as a bluff, honest gentleman, and he tends to give good quotes, as he did last week when talking to journalists about corruption and the intensifying fight against it in the Ukrainian government. “On the average,” he said, speaking of his ministry at a press conference in Dniprop− etrovsk, “we get 2,500 cases concerning [official] bribe−taking a year, and 40 people end up in jail.” He also mentioned that the big− gest bribe of a Ukrainian official that he’d ever heard of happened here in Kyiv. “There was a record bribe this year,” he said. “Four hundred and fifty thousand dollars to a representative of the farm council, for two hectares of land.”
|Ani to Sing Kirkorov at Eurovision - Whats Up?|
Our anxious national vigil is over, as it’s been announced what every− one’s been waiting for: pop queen Ani Lorak, who will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade this spring, will sing the song ‘Shady Lady’ at the glitzy event. The music to the song was written by Russian pop singer Philip Kirkorov, an iconic figure in Eastern Europe for his outrageous camp sensibility and his peculiar marriage to Soviet era pop icon Alla Pugacheva, who, for all anyone knows, might be old enough to be his mother. We’ve searched the Internet in order to be able to share with readers the lyrics to the song but they don’t seem to be available yet.
|The Art of the Pick-up Ignore the Sleazy Advice! - Kyiv Culture|
Hang around Kyiv’s clubs and you’ll see hordes of aggressive men looking for a girl to spend a night with. Here in Ukraine it’s becoming popular to master the elusive rules of the pick-up, and there are even books to teach you how to get women under your spell. What’s On’s Anastasiya Skorina looked into this dubious science.
Tanya was looking for a new boyfriend, and these days there’s no better place to find one than on the Internet. She completed her profile on a dating site and then started searching for an appropriate candidate. Soon she had a bite. Up popped a guy named Andrey who started writing her piles of emails. A week later they were deep into their online relationship and had even, surprisingly, started discussing a common future and making big plans. And yet Tanya found it surprising
|A Japanese Jazz Star - Coming Soon|
Keiko Matsui in concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 9 March at 19.00
Japanese jazz/new age pianist and composer Keiko Matsui is one of the true bright lights of the contemporary keyboard arts, and now she’s back in the Ukrainian capital. Her mystical, introspective music, which sometimes verges on the trippy and has incorporated everything from Latin jazz to funk to electronic atmospherics, is contained on more than 20 albums, many of which have been top sellers. Tickets are running 50−700hrv for this much−anticipated show. For more information call 247−2444.
|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.