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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ukraine Abroad
This is not an episode of Bumfights. Nor is it another ill-advised money-making scheme for its founders. It is what it says it is football for the homeless.
Homelessness is not something new. Nor is it likely to be eradicated any time soon. It is something that affects 100 billion people worldwide in every city, state, and country, and that certainly includes Ukraine. Almost ten years ago, Mel Young, cofounder of The Big Issue street paper in Scotland, decided to do something about it, and looking for one universal language to speak out against this ever-increasing world dilemma, football answered.

This year, everyones heads are turned in the direction of Vancouver, Canada where the 21st Winter Olympics will be held. From 12 28 February, the whole world will be sitting in anticipation while watching their favourites compete. Ukraine is no different and this year, with 47 competitors coming from all over the country, we here at Whats On believe that those beautiful yellow and blue colours will be flying proudly on the podium at nine events.
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Heading out on our long-awaited vacations, the bunch of us here at Whats On thought it might be interesting to find out what a few of our local celebrities were up to this summer.
About a year ago all that seemed to be on the lips of the star-struck elite were far off places like Maldives or Bali. But the oft-uttered crisis word has meant that many of us have had to readjust some of our spending habits and so with that in mind, we wondered if those who have a little bit more cash than the rest of us too, have had to curb the monetary flow.

Whether born somewhere between our borders or elsewhere, Ukrainians are everywhere! Some are more prominent, some are less well known, but in almost every case, they are proud of their heritage. While theres a few in here were sure you know about, there may also be a few that will surprise you

Jack Palance (18 February 1919 10 November 2006)
Born in Hazle township, Pennsylvania to Ukrainian immigrants, he was given the name Volodymyr Palahniuk. He began a successful boxing career in the late 1930s and served in the Second World War in the Untied States Army Air Forces.
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Vacation time is coming, and many of you will be wondering where to go for a week or two to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Of course, the beach is always an option, but you might want to do something a little more interesting, and there are certainly some interesting things going on this summer. If, however, finances are tight in these times of crisis, you can always stay here in Kyiv and attend the biggest event of the year right here! Counting down ten to one

Madonna in concert St. Petersburg
2 August
She might be giving Kyiv a miss (at least so far) but Queen of Pop Madonna will be playing St. Petersburg in what is expected to be the biggest event in Eastern Europe for a long time.
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Now that autumn is peeking at us from around the corner its time toplan what to do next summer, at least if youre a local student who would like to head abroad to the US the next time the hot weather rolls around. Whats On looks into Ukraines work-and-travel complex.
Work, save money and travel - play your cards right and you can do all of that at the same time, if you get yourself in with the right work and travel company that will take you across the pond to the United States. All you have to do is apply for a three-month work abroad programme, which will also give you the chance to travel around the country. Two companies that have been working in this area for more than eight years are Coliseum and TM Studentland, both specialising in cultural exchange.

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Coming up is the sporting and international event of the year: the Beijing Olympic Games. What are the Ukrainian teams perspectives for Olympic glory this August? We looked into it  and into the politicisation that mars this countrys Olympic scene.
Those familiar with Ukraines Olympic team say that viewers should keep their eyes on five athletes: swimmers Oleg Lisogor and Yana Klochkova, gymnast Anna Bezsonova, shot-putter Yuriy Bilonog andfemale wrestler Iryna Merleni. Lisogor, from the Kyiv region, is a multiple world and European champion and the world record-holder in the 50 metre breast-stroke. Hes considered Ukraines best swimmer at the moment and will be participating in his third Olympic Games.


Ukrainians have long been a people in motion and no country has been as welcoming to them as Canada, especially in the last century. Ksenia Karpenko talked with a diaspora couple from Edmonton.
Immigration has always been an idea that has seized the imaginations of Ukrainians: from the nineteenth century, when the first waves of Ukrainians helped settle the Canadian prairies, to the present day, when the idea of finding a better life elsewhere still seduces young Ukrainians. Just when I was thinking of writing an article about how the Ukrainian identity is still bound up with leaving Ukraine for Italy, for Portugal, for Poland, for Canada I got a phone call from Yaroslaw Skrypnyk, a Ukrainian-born Canadian who was visiting Kyiv with his wife Sofia, who is also Ukrainian-born.

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Dazzle Dreams is a Ukrainian electro-pop project thats gaining popularity outside Ukraine. Their style is world music mixed with an electro-dance sound, but they also throw in some classical symphonic orchestra touches and ethno samples from all over the world. Recently they got back from Nepal. Viktoria Vasilchenko gets the story.

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This is really interesting for us since were still young, says Kyiv Polytechnic Institute student Oleg Donets, sitting last week at the first-floor bar in the palatial beer-hall Chateau, on Kreschatyk. We still have a lot of energy, we have a lot of ideas, we want to try them all out and show them to other people.



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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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