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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 37 (2013)

37 (2013)/2013
11 October - 17 October
Fire Up Your Heart with The Queen of Pop
Ani Lorak gets back on stage after a short hiatus playing wife and mother

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This Week
Kyiv Culture
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Face of Kyiv 2013
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On the Comeback - Cover Story
Ukrainian show business superstar Karolina Kuek or, as she is better known, Ani Lorak, is back and shes a changed woman. After a brief retreat from the limelight to focus on being a wife and mother, she has announced her comeback with two big shows planned for Kyiv and Moscow, and she promises they are going to be more than just concerts thanks to the events that have shaped her life since we last saw her.


Flower Girl - Face of Kyiv 2013
This months Whats On Face of Kyiv competition winner is Elena Goncharenko a young insurance specialist who is about to change tack in her life, exchanging paper shuffling for something more colourful flowers. At 23, she is self-assured and clear in the direction she wants to take.


Three Faces of Basta - Kyiv Culture
Russian rap star Basta, aka Vasiliy Vakulenko, is returning to Kyiv with his fourth album Basta 4, released earlier this year. A rapper with a 16-year career, a back catalogue of eight albums, and several different guises, his lyrics are confrontational and direct, as Basta addresses what he sees in the world around him and he does so without fear of judgement. He tells Whats On a little more about his music and his life philosophy in the run up to his show.


Provocations & Observations (#37) - Just a Minute
Publishers Provocations
I realised not long ago that I had not offered proper congratulations to the newly married couple. I couldnt, for a very good reason, attend the event, and I did send good luck emails beforehand, and posted congratulations and liked all the photos on Facebook during and after, and at one point I even thought of making a video with Katya and Mila that could be sent over and used as a kind of modern day telegram (but dismissed this idea on the grounds it might be deemed wanky).


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#37) - Competitions
The world becomes a smaller place each week, with the entry of various landmarks in Whats On. Sometimes we double up on the same attractions, but every now and then we are presented with a totally new and unique monument that makes quite an impression. Yulia Ryndina does the trick this week with the Head of Apollo in Krakow, Poland.


Face of Kyiv 2013 - Competitions
Irina Polischuk
Age: 34
Occupation: Master of beauty
Irinas story: I love people, nature, the beauty in everything... Learning something new. I like to travel and I dream of visiting many countries.


Want Fries That? - Take me out!
When one thinks of the word beefy, it conjures up images of strength, power and muscles. Thats enough about me though! Whats on Kyiv went to check out the citys newest American restaurant, which aims to give people a taste of modern America without breaking the bank. With burger and chilli specialities, it certainly cuts the mustard.


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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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