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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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11 (2008)/2008
28 March - 3 April

No More Kyivlanka
Kyivs women agree to ban dating foreign men

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From THE EDITOR (?11) - Editorial

Chernovestky's a lad, isn't he? Poor soul. Looks like the high-spirited chap is going to have to fight for re-election yet again after he was suspended last week and new mayoral elections were called. Personally, I feel a bit sorry for the guy. I mean, he may have a penchant for sniffing heavily and he may well have sold off some prime Kyiv real estate to his buddies for a fraction of its real worth, allegedly, but hey, this is Ukraine, that sort of thing's expected. I mean, apart from these minor failings, is he really that bad? For a start, he recently announced that parking on the pavement (sidewalk) on Kreschatyk would be banned, which, for a man who had his legs taken off by a woman reversing her BMW there who didn't know that if she put the wheel on full lock and put her foot down the front of her car would swing out violently, is a very good thing. And I have it on good authority from the President of the Lions' Club that the old folk of the city love him because at Christmas they all got food parcels from him, and he has also organised some sort of rebate on their communal services, which, let's be honest, is a bit more practical than announcing you're going to give them some of the money back they lost when the USSR collapsed and have them waiting in line outside a branch of the Oschad Bank all day in sub zero temperatures and snowstorms. Funnily enough, while the powers that be have democratically booted him out for some reason no-one's quite sure of, and have thrust forward muscle-bound Klitschko as his replacement who I am sure has his own friends he would like to reward with some affordable Kyiv property, this may not be the end of our grey-haired snorter despite all this strong-armed politicking. People like him, and even if they hate him, they love to hate him. He has character. He is your stereotypical eccentric that no-one quite understands, but he adds something to the city, gives some sort of je ne sais quoi to the place, and everyone has a soft spot for his enigmatic character even if they pretend they loath him. And all that means, there is more than a slight chance that despite the government's attempts to oust him the people may well vote him back in. Wouldn't that be fun?

Neil Campbell, Editor

Kyivlankas Ban Dating Foreign Men - Whats Up?

Many consider Ukrainian women to be the most beautiful women in the world, and the Kyivlankas to be the creme-de-la-creme. For many ex-pat men, the Kyiv women are an unsurpassable fringe benefit, and for the rest they are the sole purpose for them being here. But now you can say goodbye to all that as What's On discovers that the beautiful Kyivlankas are about to implement a blanket ban on dating western men.


Say Goodbye to Visa-Free Ukraine - Whats Up?

Since September when Yanukovych and his cronies passed a law changing the visa-free system from a constantly renewable 90 days to 90 days in every 180, the ex-pat community has been in turmoil. While the law was never ratified, some border guards chose to implement it, handing out hefty fines to those who overstayed their welcome. As of 1 April that will all change, but not in a way that will satisfy the international community.


High-Energy Ukrainian Popsters Will Have You Jumping - This Week

Ot Vinta in concert, Dockers ABC (15 Khreschatyk), 28 March at 21.00
These boys from Rivne seem to have a passion for the Ukrainian music scene, participating in festivals and contests all over Ukraine. They only play live (no records, at least yet) and they sing only Ukrainian songs, which they render in high−energy style. After playing at Dockers ABC a couple of times in the past these guys turned out to be city favourites and their upbeat Dryg− Tyn−Dymba album is a fine one. For more information call 278−1717.

Exhibition of New Works by Kyivs Own Matvey Vaisberg - This Week

Bottega gallery (22B Mikhailivska), till 4 April
Bottega gallery presents an exhibition of new works by renowned Kyiv artist Matvey Vaisberg. The new collection, which is called Playing with Ships, was inspired by the artists childhood dreams of going round the world and exploring interesting places. This is challenging contemporary work, but with a foot in the artistic tradition, as Vaisbergs meditations on Da Vincis and Michelangelos frescos inspired it. This is really worth attending. For more information call 279−5353.

Dancing with the Stars Star Vlad Yama and his Partner - This Week

Pa, Freedom Concert Hall (134 Frunze), 30 March at 21.00
Vlad Yama and Olena Shoptenko, the most glamorous graduates of the Dancing with the Stars TV show, are back from their tour in Monaco and will give this exquisite performance featuring gorgeous costumes and incredible dancing. Pa is a love story in which the plot is expressed by dance, and the famously bald−headed Yama will be superb as usual. Tickets are 200−800 hrv. Call 468−3232.

Lounge Lizards are in Luk - This Week

Luk in concert, Sky Hall Club (24/10 Marshala Malinovskoho), 29 March at 18.00
This Kharkiv band has turned out to be one of the best−loved lounge acts in Ukraine. With European influences and a contemporary flavour their mix of jazz, funk, rock, and lounge is, in short, great. Since 2002 Luk has released just three albums, as they prefer producing quality product to stamping out thousands of songs that wont touch your heart. Its music that calms you down and makes you feel warm. Tickets are 60hrv. For more information call (8093) 767−7170.

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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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