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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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Kyiv Celebrities
In all the excitement of the previous summer a significant date in the history of CIS rock slipped by, not celebrated in a Euro-crazed Ukraine perhaps as much as it might have been. Had he not died in an automobile accident on 15 August 1990, legendary Kino frontman Viktor Tsoi would have turned 50 on 21 June.
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There was a time, not that long ago, when nobody really knew what the term PR meant, or that there was an actual person who occupied such a position. Fast-forward to today when everybody and their little Scottish Terrier dressed in plaid with pig tails has got one. Responsible for publicising the vast number and scope of activities his or her VIP boss has been invited to, a Personal Relations officer worth his or her salt will make the press release interesting not only to the reader but also the starry superior who has hired him or her. Unfortunately, many PR people believe that absolutely every detail of their wards lives deserves the front page.

My job requires the attending of various social events, and, even though Im honestly not a big fan of them, it gives me the chance to see Kyivs beau monde in action. Ive even stopped noticing the real face (or should I say two-faces) and those chic and unnecessary acts of showing off that are so popular nowadays, especially in Ukrainian showbiz. Sometimes it seems that it doesnt really matter what you do and how you do it, only that you spend a hell of a lot of money on the presentation of your product.

There are lots of reasons this next concert by Britney Spears is going to sell out. The one you need concern yourselves most with is that shes hot. And were not talking babas borsch kind of hot.
Britney Spears. Shes as sweet as cotton candy with a tooth-aching voice to match. Despite that, the world is in love with this home-grown American girl next door. Part of it has to do with her being in the spotlight ever since she was out of diapers.

Whats On absolutely loves catching all the stars with their pants down. Bringing them in for questioning, this next induction into our Hall of Shame is the lovely Zlata Ognevich. Why her you ask? Well, shes an attractive girl quickly making her way up the slippery slope of stardom. And it all seems a little too good to be true. However, as you are the judge and jury, dear readers, we shall leave the verdict up to you!
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Celebrities are just like everybody else. They just happen to live their lives in the spotlight making everything they say or do a target for discussion. Its been a while since we had our last Ukrainian celeb on the stand. But hearing a few juicy pieces about the young pop duo Tamerlan and Alena Omargalieva, we put the system to work on a subpoena and brought them in for questioning.
The charges were many, and being such a handsome chap and pretty good-looking girl, Tamerlan and Alena Omargalieva were pretty easy to find. Ready to comply with our interrogation without putting up any kind of fuss, we locked them up in the studio and started firing questions one after the other... 

Continuing our investigation of rumours and gossip about Ukrainian celebrities, we invited the band Kamon!!! to defend themselves and sort the truth from the fiction. Scandalous anti-glam singers Alice and Ksyusha were glad to come and take sweet revenge for all the dirt they hear about themselves.
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Most club-goers in Ukraine will have at least heard about the Maneken, AKA Eugene Filatov, and his magic DJ-ing table-device that is the central focus of his sets. Now, however, with the release of his second album and a couple of video clips, his audience is struggling with the question: does the fact that he has lately been collaborating mean that from now on the Maneken will no longer be a DJ? No, Im not going to quit electronic music, but I think it will be even more electric and danceable. A band opens up big stages for an artist and is a great addition to the Maneken DJ project, says Maneken.
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Winner of the New Wave 2009 Song Contest in Latvia and rising star in Ukrainian show business, Jamala has just released her debut album, For Every Heart. Mixing pop, jazz, blues and other such genres to her already large repertoire of vocal ability, Jamalas music is fresh, captivating and likeable, and when she shares her talents with the Kyiv capital this week, you too will have the opportunity to see just what were talking about.
Her own comments about her music are this: People say that I sing pop. The same is said about Sting, for example, but we all know that what he does is something far more than plain old pop. Instead, I support the idea that good, quality music shouldnt refer to any particular genre. Its just good music thats it.
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With this not so new whirl of technology sweeping the promotion industry as well as the world at large, there is hardly a person anywhere who doesnt have his or her own profile on Facebook, Vkontakte, Myspace, Twitter and other such social websites. But do they do what theyre supposed to? To find out, Whats On goes online.
Social networks are engaging the quiet conscious of our young people these days: so much so there is little left in the way of actual face-to-face communication.
 


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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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