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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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12 (2008)/2008
4 April - 10 April

Spring Transformation
Spring is winning the battle over winter, and its time to transform for summer

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From THE EDITOR (?12) - Editorial

April Fool! Yes, dear readers, the two What's Up stories in last weeks issue were jokes! There is nothing to worry about, Ukraine's visa-free regime is still intact, and more importantly, Kyiv-lankas have not decided to ban dating foreign men. Here at What's On, we would be delighted to start a readers' letters page, and thought this would be the week to do so due to the large number of responses to these stories we received via email and the comments readers posted on our website. Unfortunately, so irate were those readers who decided to express their opinions to us that every single correspondence we received is unprintable, even the one from a young lady who took exception to our ironic use of the word khokhol in our Gogol feature and suggested I involve myself in some indecent acts with my mother (who turns 70 in a couple of weeks. Happy Birthday Mum!). Moving on, good ole Geedoubleya turned up in town at the beginning of the week for meetings with Yushchenko prior to the upcoming NATO talks, and his arrival sparked protests from the Bolsheviks and the Communists who flooded Maidan with placards bearing slogans that, like the emails I received, are unprintable within these pages. For me, what was an interesting aside to his visit was the little kept secret that the whole of the Hyatt hotel had allegedly been emptied of normal clients to make way for Bush's entourage for days prior to and following his visit, which I think I would take exception to if I was an American tax payer. More importantly, of course, he was here to promote Ukraine's membership of NATO prior to the Bucharest Summit, after which he is to meet with Vladimir Putin regarding the proposed expansion of the US missile defence system into Poland and the Czech Republic. Wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting?

Neil Campbell, Editor

NATO Aspirations Get Complicated - Whats Up?

Ukraines winding road to NATO membership threw up some potholes and detours last week as Germany and other European countries announced that, despite what Washington DC might have to say about the matter, theyre not so eager to fast−track Ukraines membership in the alliance after all. U.S. President George W. Bush is a strong proponent of Ukraines joining the UNI0N, even spending a bunch of time recently on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel trying to convince her what a good idea it is.


Foreign Music Gets Transport Ban - Whats Up?

What is it with Ukraines peculiar transport ministers? A former minister, Mykola Rudkowski, recently got himself into a mess of trouble by allegedly embezzling public funds and using them to do things like jet off to Paris with local beauty queen Alexandra Nikolaenko. More recently, the current minister, Josef Vinsky, has mandated that only Ukrainian music be played in Ukrainian airplanes and trains. Now, its not quite as simple as just that. Official word has it that the plan foresees a complete changeover to the Ukrainian language in more or less all transport situations, including in train stations and airports.


Lviv Posters Target Russians - Whats Up?

If youre going to stir up inter−ethnic strife in Ukraine, you might as well do it in a witty way. Thats what an unknown Lviv local did recently in circulating flyers calling on local Russians to move back to Russia. His posters employed a sort of ideological jiu jitsu, using the language of the Soviet and Russian propaganda of the immediate post−war period to make their point. The post−war years were when the Kremlin was at great pains to convince displaced Soviet citizens, such as ostarbeiter who had ended up in Holland after the fighting stopped, to come back to the USSR.


Thousands of Women Leaving - Whats Up?

We thought the phenomenon of Ukrainian women leaving the country en masse had ended in recent years, as Ukraine has boomed economically and become much more affluent. It seemed to us that there was no longer any need for Ukrainian females to marry their way out of their native country and head West for a better life. But it appears that we may well be wrong and the phenomenon is still alive because apparently thousands of native women are still migrating out with their Western husbands every year. According to the Ministry of Justice almost 19,000 marriages to foreign men were registered here in the last four years, not to mention all the unregistered civil marriages.


Wakeboardings on the Way - Whats Up?

It might not be as big as EURO 2012 (what could be, beyond the Olympics?), but its still a nice sign that Ukraine is on its way up in the world and is being integrated more and more into the thinking of people back West its increasingly joining the world. What were talking about is that in August Kyiv will host one of the events on the World Wakeboarding Associations so−called 2008 Wake Park World Series. Its a (yes) series of wakeboarding competitions that will also be held in Toulouse, the Philippines, Copenhagen, and Hamburg.


International Exhibition by Japanese Cosmic Girl - Kyiv Culture

On 12 April, just in time for International Day of Cosmonautics, the 'Oneness' exhibition by leading Japanese artist Mariko Mori will open in the PinchukArtCentre. This will be her first solo exhibition in Eastern Europe, and will ?? ? comPination of both early and more recent photography, drawings and will stunning cosmic interactive installations such as Wave UFO, which will no doubt be the highlight of the project.
The works of Mariko Mori are examples of top quality world art which combine Japanese culture with modern technology and very high levels of creativity.


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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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