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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 August - 31 AugustYOUNG UKRAINE!
The Nation Prepares to Celebrate Fifteen Years of Independence

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New Modern Arts focus in Central Kyiv - Kyiv Art
Clockwise from top left:
80s photos by Boris Mikhailov, massive installation by Olafur Eliasson, Sergiy Bratkov's light boxes are set to be memorable and distinctive aspect of this new contemporary art centre, Oleksandr Gnilitsky's Vinyl, Philippe Parreno's silkscreen prints are only visible special light, and a shot from Oleg Kulik's 'Lolita vs Alice' photo series.


Off the Tourist Track II - Ukraine Explorer
As Kyivites prepare for their annual break many will be heading to the Crimea and other well-known locations along the Black Sea coast or alternatively heading up into the cool Carpathian mountains to enjoy some fresh air and crystal clean lakes. However, Ukraine is dotted with less well-known but equally fascinating holiday destinations, many of them effectvely unknown to even local experts. Weve rounded up some of the most impressive for you here!   


Ukraine Wins World Title - Kyiv Life
ACROSS TOWN  Local big boys trounced a host of foreign rivals to take the 'World Strongest Nation' title in Kyiv over a three-day event running across town 2-4 August. Competing teams from America, Britain, Lithuania, Russia, Iceland, Finand and Poland all put their strongest lads up against Kyiv's finest, but Ukraine ran out overall winners, confirming their reputation as the world's phyically strongest nation.


Blast at the Beach - Kyiv Life
SUN CITY  Kyivs party people headed for the sandy shores of the Dnipro 4 August for the second Whats On Ibiza Party of the summer. Things kicked off at the entrance with free drinks courtesy of the good people of 5 Kapel, and once in side guests enjoyed more refreshing drinks and a series of concerts organized by Gala Radio.


Charity Cossack Party - Kyiv Life
SPARTAK STADIUM  The spirit of the Zaporozhian Sich filled Spartak Stadium on the evening 5 August, thanks to a special charity bash which was organised by the Kyiv Lions and attended by many prominent members of the local business community. Guests were treated to all the sights and sounds of Cossack legend including impressive displays of horsemanship, prowess in arms, a traditional wedding, music, and of course, plenty of food and drink.


Spanish Splash Premieres - Kyiv Life
UKRAINA CINEMA  Ukraina cinema screened Return, the latest film from acclaimed Iberian director Pedro Almodovar 3 August, providing a welcome rest bite from the usual summer offerings of monotonous blockbusters and bland family comedies. Almodovar once more delivers a film which is as easy on the eye as it is enjoyable and intellectually stimulating, with Penelope Cruz as smouldering as ever.   
Yulia Volfovska


Stanley Cup Returns - Kyiv Life
ARENA  Anton Babchuk returned to his adopted home of Kyiv in triumph 1 August, when the hard hitting ice hockey player showed off the Stanley Cup which he had won as part of Carolina Hurricanes side. According to ice hockey tradition each member of a Stanley Cup winning side has the right to take the trophy for a brief time back to his country of birth, something which the twenty-two year old was only to willing to do.


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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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