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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 9

16 March - 22 March

Ukrainian Style!
Glamour Galore as Kyiv Fashion Week Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Kyiv Rockers Rolling On - Kyiv Life

HMELNAYA BOCHKA On 10 March in this pub on Bohdana Khmelnickogo vul the promising Kyiv indie rockers Marakesh performed along with the very popular Ukrainian band Dymna Sumish. The show was held to promote St. Valentines Day, the new album by Marakesh which although currently only on sale in Russia will be on general release in Ukraine soon, and was available to buy to all those in attendance at the gig. On the night the two bands outdid themselves, rocking up a high-energy atmosphere that had everyone dancing.

Yulia Samus


Stars Gather to Cheer for the Lovely Masha Fokina - Kyiv Life

ARENA ENTERTAINMENT On 7 March a new and sunny face appeared on the Ukrainian pop scene as Masha Fokina presented her debut album. It was a dream come true for her to launch her new CD on her birthday and to do it in Kyivs top venue together with her parents and many famous friends. Masha Fokina is already well-known in Kyivs clubs for her highly active partying, always smiling and having fun, and she now hopes that the album Majestic will be the start of a long and prosperous career in music. There were many famous singers, journalists and politicians present at the event and Masha disappeared under a mountain of flowers, but the biggest prize of all for the little Fokina was songs by the Russian singer Alisa mon, a cult figure from her childhood.

Natalia Marianchyk


Nuzhnenko Survives Blood Bath To Retain Title - Kyiv Life

PALACE SPORT The attention of the boxing world was fixed om Volodymyr Klitschko last weekend as the heavyweight champ retained his belts, but in Kyiv there was also plenty of strength in depth on show recently as Ukraines unbeaten 24-0 (13KO) Yury Nuzhnenko survived 12 torturous rounds against previously unbeaten Uzbek Farkhad Masa Bakirov (24-0-2 (14Kos) to retain his WBA I/C welterweight title. The game Uzbek, who in 2002-2006 was based in Japan employed an endless number of professional tricks to turn this title defense into a real nightmare for the Ukrainian warrior. The fight proved exciting and unpredictable, with the Japanese Uzbek fighting like a lion despite two very questionable point deductions for clinching and retained chances to win until the final bell. His brilliant stamina and flexible tactics gave him a sound advantage in the last three rounds. His Ukrainian opponent was badly cut over the forehead in round 4 but he won the fight on all three judges cards, mainly because of his true champions heart. Over the whole 12 rounds Nuzhenko acted like a champ, bringing the fight to the contender and staying busy despite all the pain sustained. The fight was promoted by Ukraines National Box Promotion group and Vadym Bukhkalov. Former undisputed Welterweight World Champion Kostya Tszyu awarded Nuzhnenko with a precious Chrystal Cup. Future Hall of Fame member Tszyu looked very relaxed and enjoying life outside the ring. I dont feel like Im ready to die in the ring anymore, he commented during his tour of boxing venues in Lviv and Kyiv. In the under card fights, Ukrainian heavyweight Alex ALMAZ Mazikin won a unanimous 8 rounds decision against rugged American journeyman Sedrick Fields. Fields never tried to put pressure on the Ukrainian fighter, instead clowning and sticking out his chin to Mazikin, and as a result ate a lot of leather over 8 rounds but retained enough energy to put on a cowboy hat after the fight and yell to fans, I love you all!

Photo and report: Deadly Dmytro Mossienko


Stars at Movie Premiere - Kyiv Life

UKRAINA CINEMA On 6 March the friends of Kyivs most central cinema met up to enjoy the hip-hop break-dancing show that accompanied the launch of the French comedy Taxi-4. After the dance show there was the premier of the film itself, giving everyone the chance to meet again with the hilarious characters from Marcel City. With a soundtrack provided by the Black-Eyed Peas, lots of car chases and joke piled upon joke, the movie didnt disappoint, and all the guests drove home a whole lot quicker than usual. Check page 40 for more details on the film.

 Natalia Marianchyk


Local Journalists Become Hot Boy Band! - Kyiv Life

LIQUOR On the last day of winter a stylish crowd gathered to help the new group 34 celebrate the launch of their first maxi-single Numbers. There was a showing of their first video Day of boys which had the band decked out in white with a beautiful lady and a crowd of young kids. Vocalist Sergey Sedrik, guitarist Taras Oleynik, bass guitarist Denis Barinov and drummer Vitaly Burluk work in the media industry for both print and internet magazines, and music is just a hobby for them. Nevertheless the show was of a very high standard and had a touch of Brit-pop to it, so popular amongst young folk these days. (photos by Olga Zakrevska)

Natalia Marianchyk


Sergey Belik Chef of Fashion Cafe Marocana - Going out

Sergey Belik is 42 years old and he started learning to cook at a typical soviet college, after which he was lucky enough to work in the best Soviet Kyiv venues on Kreshchatyk, the Dnipro hotel, and the Concord restaurant where he earned himself a good reputation. When Ukraine became an independent country, many new restaurants opened in Kyiv with totally new produce and equipment. Sergey learned many new ways of preparing food, and he learned a great deal working alongside chefs from France. He was very much taken with the idea of art in food when he started to work with a plethora of fresh and colourful produce. Sergey is the proud father of two children and in his spare time he enjoys yoga, swimming, and working out in the gym.


Wild Hogs - Kyiv Kino

Movie of the Week
USA 2007 Directed by Walt Becker Starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy Doug (Tim Allen), Woody (John Travolta), Bobby (Martin Lawrence), and Dudley (William H. Macy)


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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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