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7 (2014)
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.


What's On Archive 17 (2012)

17 (2012)/2012
11 May - 17 May
50 Years of Photography 
Frank Horvat rolls into town this week with a retrospective on his life and work

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Collectors Heaven - Kyiv Culture
The flea market, a widespread occurrence in Europe, also has a history in Kyiv. On the hunt for antiques and semi-precious rarities, Kyiv residents come to Petrivka every weekend in the hopes that they may come across some valuable catch. Whats On joins in the treasure hunt.
Kyiv flea markets and our investigation therein took a lot of time and research.


Contemporary Hungarian Film Festival - Kyiv Kino
16 20 May
Kyiv Kino Theatre (V Vasylkivska 19)


Cancer Doesnt Choose - Ukraine Today
For plenty of us, cancer sounds like a disease that exists, but would never happen to us or our relatives. We comfort ourselves with this illusion and go on with our lives. Yet, a fatal bell might just ring out of the blue.
Cancer never knocks on your door and asks politely, May I come in? If it did, we wouldnt have over a million sufferers in Ukraine alone. Neither would we have statistics on lethal cases that dont scare you, as long as you have no idea of their existence.


Some Lovable Trillers - On the Sofa with...
A cappela music has never been hyper-popular, not least because of its complexity. At the same time, this intricacy allows musicians to filter out the amateurs, allowing only the best to remain. Thus, sextet Mansound, one of Ukraines best vocal groups, have risen to the top. Working without instrumentation of any sort, the six men cover all manner of genres, from classical to contemporary. Well known in jazz circles the world over, they bring their sound to Ukraines western capital next month.


That Said (#17) - Just a Minute
Whats What
Its an uncomfortable idea to any sentient human being. That is, that we have a peak age, when we are in our prime, and after that its all downhill. I recall an excerpt from Elizabeth Taylors biography when, in the 80s, her mother was asking a group of her own friends when they peaked, before turning the same question on a piqued Elizabeth. Elizabeth believed her own was yet to come. This proved not quite to be the case. However, whats the situation on the ground here in Kyiv when it comes to that pertinent question of peak?


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#17) - Competitions
Alpan Balkis was back in his homeland a few months back, visiting the Izmir Kulturpark in Turkey. He stopped near the Ataturk and Inonu Monument, and thought to himself, That would make a great picture! Getting his head under the giant hands of the two great former presidents, he was right! 
Our next entrant in this weeks magazine is from a local, Mr Serhiy Inozemtsev.


Winner!!! - Competitions
Serhiy Dumenko finds himself the winner for April in our monthly UIA-sponsored Whats On Read All Over the World competition! Taking a trip to Milan recently, he stopped off at various tourist attractions. His enthusiasm in front of the fashionable citys Porta Sempione, however, won him two return tickets with Ukraine International Airlines. Enjoy your next trip!


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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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