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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.


What's On Archive 17 (2013)

17 (2013)/2013
10 May - 16 May
The world in Living Colour
Various films feature both in and out of the country this week 

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Dumped Dynamo Player Faces Jail - Whats Up?
Its a saga ripped straight from a soap-opera, unfortunately for footballer Ayila Yussuf the consequences are potentially more real than a screenplay.
The 10-year Dynamo Kyiv veteran, who is on loan to Turkish side Orduspor, faces charges of abandonment, which carries a jail sentence in Ukraine, according to a svodka.net report.


Libyan Residents Curb Travel to Ukraine - Whats Up?
The Arab Spring takes on new meaning for Libyans in 2013, as the Ukrainian consulate in Tripoli puts a freeze on Ukrainian visas. It has little to do with the simmering revolution that took place a couple of years back, or even the car bomb that went off at the French Embassy near the end of April. Rather, local residents living within the embassys vicinity firing guns are the culprits. But perhaps they cant take all the blame...


Foreign Ministry: Kyiv, Brussels Will Sign Association Agreement in November 2013 - Whats Up?
It may sound like a massive portion of wishful thinking, but thats what Yevhen Perebyinis, acting director of the Foreign Ministrys Information Policy Department reckons. That the way everythings looking right now, the EU and Ukraine will sign the deep and comprehensive association agreement in November this year.
The latest contact at the level of the Ukrainian government and European institutions confirm that the sides intend to advance on signing the agreement in November 2013, hes quoted as saying.


Astonishing Insight - Whats Up?
There was a fascinating revelation made on national television last week, thanks to Kanal 5. Going on record, leader of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov publicly claimed that the situation with ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko harms little more than the PoR: As a politician, I think the current situation mostly harms our political force the Party of Regions.


A Rat is a Rat is a Rat - Whats Up?
A Canadian man is searching for an appeal in a murder conviction in Halifax, Nova Scotia, of Ukrainian-native Serhiy Kostin. The defendant, 23-year old Chaze Lamar Thompson, was convicted of the first-degree murder of the 40-year old taxi-driver, whose wife and two children still live in Ukraine, more than four years ago.
The scenario: Kostin disappeared on 17 January 2009 after picking up two people at a convenience store in Halifax. His car was found burnt-out three days later, while his body was found by police two-and-a-half months after that under the roots of a fallen tree, according to the Canadian news agency Global News.


Coming Attraction - Kyiv Kino
Something terrible happened in my life that changed everything... Those are the words lead-character Sade utters at the start of the Feathered Dreams trailer and they resonate with emotion. What follows is a backing track featuring the rapid plucking of strings, and scenes of her being pursued by neo-Nazi skinheads in Kyiv, before a stranger intervenes...Drama, romance, danger, humour and ultimately happiness...on the face of it this movie has it all. Feathered Dreams has all the makings of an emotional cinematic roller coaster.


Liza Forever - This Week
Monoliza (RU, pop-rock), Caribbean Club (S Petlyury 4), 16 May at 20.00
Russian pop-rockers Monoliza, headed by the lovely Elizabeth Kostyagina, are headed this way in the course of their international tour Turne: PS. Spring. The band started making noise back in 2007, with their debut CD StereoVykhodKa released just two years later. Yet, receiving little more than Opening of the Year award at the Petersburg Musician ceremony in 2010 and the release of album number two, Navsegda (Forever), just a year after that, they have yet to really sink their teeth in.


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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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