|On the cover|
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 4 (2011)|
11 February - 17 February
Get Close to the One You Love!
The best ways to spend Valentine’s Day
Take me out!
On the Sofa with...
|Commotion Amid Ukraine’s Countryside - Ukraine Travel|
The territory of Ukraine is unique: the wild Crimean coast, industrial Donbass, beautiful Eastern meadows, and, especially great in winter, the precarious Carpathian Mountains. Like many nations, however, we almost always tend to overlook what we have for what’s over the border. So with school taking its winter break in the next couple of weeks, take the kids and travel around the Ukrainian landscapes. Or better yet, extend your 2011 Valentine’s Day celebration with one of these exceptionally enterprising mini-breaks. Whoever you’re with, you won’t regret getting active in Ukraine.
|The Road to Love - Take me out!|
There are those who believe that St Valentine’s Day is just a big marketing scheme that has ga-ga-eyed blokes open up their wallets each year. That may be true. But it is also a day that reminds us, because even those with the best intentions sometimes forget, about those most special people in our lives. With so many ways to celebrate, and so many places to do so, What’s On thought we might put a few options together for you. So if you’re not afraid to allow your pocket book to have a little fun, we can pretty much guarantee you will too!
|The Girl Who Played With Fire (in English) - Kyiv Kino|
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
Thriller, Mystery, Denmark 2009
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist and Lena Endre
The movie starts with Lisbeth Salander (Repace) waking up after having a violent dream about being raped by her guardian, Nils Bjurman. After spending a year abroad, Lisbeth returns to Sweden. She calls on her court-appointed guardian to remind him, in her own way, of his promise to submit satisfactory reports on her behaviour.
|No Strings Attached - Kyiv Kino|
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Comedy, Romance, USA 2011
Starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline
No Strings Attached, Natalie Portman’s follow-up to her likely Oscar nominated role in Black Swan, falls into the competent-but-not-terrific category. The movie fits into the romantic comedy category of sex-partners who violate their “no emotions involved” agreement and fall for each other.
|What’s On: Read All Over the World (#4) - Competitions|
This week our amazing global competition with the fantastic prize from UIA takes us to Israel first of all, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem, often referred to as the Wailing Wall. This photo was one of a long series sent to us by the very dedicated Viktoria Cherniak. Below we make a return trip to London, with this, our first visit to Buckingham Palace sent to us by Marria Chyketa.
|Face of Kyiv 2011 (#4) - Competitions|
Name: Anastasia Kudryavchenko
Education: Vocal training at the Glier Music Academy
About me: Music is what makes me feel better no matter what. I’m studying opera singing and hope someday you’ll hear my soprano from the stage at the La Scala.
|An Angel on High - On the Sofa with...|
While it’s probably a little late to see any Christmas trees still lingering around, Elka, the Russian word for Christmas tree as well as the rather popular Ukrainian popstar from Uzhgorod, is here in Kyiv and will be enticing the party-going elite to come out to Arena Entertainment on 17 February. Before she does that, however, we thought we would find out just what jingles her bells.
If you were a part of the crowd on Maidan for New Year this 2010/2011, you’d have seen this little ball of energy up on stage and having a blast! You might also have seen her on set of the popular television talent show, X-Factor, where her seat as judge and producer often had her beaming ear to ear.
|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.