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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 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.


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.


Ukraine Abroad
“Kicking Butt” Ukrainian-style
Serge Lifar, Sigmund Freud, Vladimir Horowitz, Golda Meir, Ihor Sikorsky, Joe Dassin...What do these names have in common apart from worldwide fame? All were either born in Ukraine or have Ukrainian heritage. Despite its turbulent history and present economic and political woes, the land of Ukraine has always been rich in natural beauty, mineral resources and, above all, talented people. In this series What’s On focuses on famous Ukrainians living abroad.

Sochi’s Dark Side
The modern Olympic Games, a symbol of unity, peace and fair play, were resurrected from ancient times 120 years ago by Pierre de Coubertin. Much has changed in that time, and while the sport itself may still (mostly) adhere to de Coubertin’s ideals, behind the scenes it’s a very different story. Some pundits have labelled the Sochi Winter Olympic Games the biggest racket in Russian history. On the eve of the games What’s On looks at the reasons why and finds some of the excess sounds vaguely familiar.

Dakar Driving
It takes 460 competitors, 8,000 kilometres across three countries in a whirlwind 15 days of non-stop endurance racing in what is known as the most testing rally in the world, the Dakar. The 2013 edition once again had its home in South America and the Ukrainian flag was waving in the deserts as Vadym Nesterchuk and his team waged war with sand, heat, time and other competitors off-road in Dakar 2013. What’s On meets up with the Ukrainian motorist who talks about the rally, the motorsport business and women drivers at Dakar.
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A New York Slice of Kyiv
The next time you find yourself in New York and feel a homesick pang for a bowl of borsch or the sound of Ukrainian, head to Little Ukraine for a taste of home.
Nestled in Manhattan’s hipster-overrun East Village, Little Ukraine dates back to the 1800s. Though the exact lines of demarcation vary depending on who you ask, the area is generally outlined by Houston and 14th, to the north and south, and to the east and west by Third Avenue and Avenue A. According to some estimates, up to a third of the Ukrainian Americans who live in New York have settled in Little Ukraine.

Ride the New Wave
Top-notch singers from all over the world take to the stage on 24 July to showcase their vocal talents at the New Wave song contest. Open to any artist from any continent, this year’s competitors come from as far away as Nigeria, Mexico and China!
In 2002, the first New Wave song contest was held in Jurmala, Latvia. The initial idea came to Russian and Latvian composers Ihor Krutoi and Raimonds Pauls, and whether inspired by Eurovision or not, they created a pretty interesting contest for young and talented performers.

A Battle of the Beats
The Euro is sinking like a stone, the European UNI0N itself is wobbling like a drunk man sitting on a fence. Still, there’s one thing involving Europe that everyone loves… Eurovision!
Come the end of spring, the eyes of almost every citizen in the world will be glued to their TV screens as the Semi Finals and Grand Finals of Eurovision 2012 are shown. Being one of the longest-running television broadcasts in the world, Eurovision has become the most respected song contest in Europe.

Ukrainian Fashion in White
Ukrainian fashion designer, Christina Bobkova, has recently returned from Milan. Presenting Fresh Fashion from Kyiv at the WHITE fashion expo with a few of her colleagues over the weekend of 22 – 24 September, the designer has had little time to twiddle her thumbs since.
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Trendy Soothsayer Speaks Out
We live in a world in which trends move the market. It’s not something that’s going to change anytime soon. It is, however, something brands the world over (from fashion to football) rely on. Good thing they’ve got people like Li Edelkoort: trend forecaster extraordinaire.
Dutch-born Lidewij Edelkoort began her career as a buying consultant at the De Bijenkorf chain in the Netherlands.
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That ‘je ne sais quoi’
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Frenchman and former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), thought of himself as a bit of a lady’s man. He was arrested and replaced, and now stands accused of taking his desire for women far too far. But despite this, What’s On still believes charm can work wonders. We believe that, if used well, charm can get you what you want, and that got us thinking – Mr Strauss-Kahn’s successor is a lady, President Yanukovich is a man. Ukraine needs IMF money, and the new IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, now holds the purse-strings. We decided to offer Viktor a friendly letter of advice on how to woo The Lady in the hope it will increase his chances of getting the money Ukraine so badly needs.
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Jabbering While Jabbin
After much delay and posturing, British boxer David Haye will finally fight the world heavyweight champion Volodymyr Klichko on 2 July. It brings Ukraine and Britain together in the biggest sporting contest between the two nations ever staged. Ukraine’s sporting icon wants to record his 50th win in Hamburg, whereas Haye wants to claim the scalp of a boxing king. It’s been billed as the biggest match in years, with 150 countries tuning in. The tense exchanges between the two fighters have added fuel to the fire. Adrenalin pumping, What’s On previews the fight.
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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.


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