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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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From THE EDITOR (?9) - Editorial

"There was joy and jub lation in April last year when Hrihory Surkis announced that Ukraine and Poland had been successful in their bid for the Euro 2012 championship finals, but now it looks as though that joy may turn to despair as it appears increasingly likely that the decision may be revoked. While we all understand that the country's politicians are self-serving charlatans who couldn't organise an orgy in Hedonism, you'd think they'd have a vested interest in this event which would not only bring a lot of money to the country, but would also, I'm sure, line their already overflowing pockets. It took months, and some very harsh words from UEFA, to even get a verbal agreement on the construction site by Republican Stadium, but still nothing tangible has been done. While the Scots and the Italians line up in the background begging for a shot at hosting the competition, the Ukrainian government sits idly by and does nothing. Even Surkis, so triumphant a year ago seems to have come to the end of his tether, saying that if they don't get things moving soon the country will lose out. And what a tragedy that would be. Ukraine may have played host to Eurovision (even if visitors had to camp out on Trukhaniv Island), and will see the Miss World finals arrive in town later in the year, but these pale in comparison to the Euro football finals which will bring millions of visitors to the country, all of whom will spend sizeable sums. This is a real opportunity for Ukraine to show the rest of Europe what it has to offer, and it has a lot - hospitality, culture, art, affordable opera and ballet, unique architecture, a whole lot of history, great beer and the best damn looking women in the world. What a tragedy it would be if the fine and friendly Ukrainian people lost out on this opportunity because of bumbling politicians who seem incapable of focusing long enough on the issue to sign off a couple of decrees because they're too busy infighting, breezing round town in a mile-long flotilla of 4x4s or bashing gays. Come on people, get your act together and give the country the chance it deserves.

Neil Campbell, Editor

Euro 2012 Signals Still Crossed - Whats Up?

Times ticking down toward 2012, when Ukraine, in partnership with Poland, is supposed to hold the European football championships, and still preparations arent being made fast enough. Meanwhile, the various people in charge of improving the countrys sporting and tourist infrastructure are sending very mixed signals about whats going on. Here, for example, we have Hrihoriy Surkis, the head of the Football Federation of Ukraine, sounding the warning that UEFA, the organisation that governs European football, might soon deprive Ukraine of the glory of hosting the event. We have to remember, Surkis said recently, that we dont have months, but days and hours. We still have time, but if another six months pass they might take the tournament away from us.


Rada, Pastor: Repress the Gays! - Whats Up?

A Rada committee has come out hard against homosexuals, announcing last week that organs of state power should take measures to clamp down on homosexuality, lesbianism, and other sexual perversions that dont correspond to societys moral principles. News reports have it that the above statement, from the Freedom of Speech and Information Committee, was a response to letters from Rada members insisting that homosexuals threatened Ukraines national security.


Russia Moves Up On Money List - Whats Up?

Russia now has the secondlargest number of billionaires of any country in the world, led only by the United States, according to a recent issue of Forbes magazine. Last year Russia was third on the billionaire list, but since then the number of people with 10digit fortunes has climbed from 53 to 87. Thus was Ukraines big, peculiar northern neighbor able to overtake Germany, which was in second place on last years list. The richest man in Russia? Given the state of financial disclosure up there, its hard to know, but Forbes insists that its Oleg Deripaska, with $28 billion to his name.


Kreschatyk Sidewalks Liberated! - Whats Up?

That certainly was a surprise: last week, Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chervonetsky in one fell swoop banned parking on the sidewalks of Kreschatyk, effective immediately. To create the necessary conditions and put on a correct basis the movement of pedestrians along the citys central street, parking on the Kreschatyk pavement is banned starting today, wrote the often rhetorically vague mayor in a welcome outburst of clarity. There will be exceptions, of course. Ambulances will still be allowed up on the sidewalk, as will fire engines and commercial vehicles serving the stores and apartment buildings along the former Soviet UNI0Ns most beautiful street.


Green Line Will Get Better - Whats Up?

Kyivs metro system is one of the best things about it, a highly efficient and dirtcheap way of getting around this booming town visitors from the West are continuously surprised by how you often dont have time to tie your shoes before the next train is moving into your station. The only thing wrong about it is the crowds, which are to be expected given that a metro system built in the smallerscaled Krushchev era these days serves an exploding megalopolis of perhaps 5 million people.


Gallery Guide Where to See Art in Kyiv - Kyiv Culture

Simply put, if there were more art galleries in Kyiv, the art scene would develop faster. Today the competition is very weak in Kyiv and the influence is divided between a couple of key characters - gallery owners and influential curators - who together dictate the main trends,
On the other hand, recently art has become more interesting to the masses. Thanks to the PinchukArtCentre, contemporary work from around the world is coming to Kyiv. In this newly energetic context, fresh galleries are appearing and weak ones are disappearing Art on display in cafes, shops, and restaurants is another new development in Kyiv.


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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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