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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.


Active Kyiv
Dancing Cheek to Cheek
Weddings are big business – there’s the dress, the cake, the food, the music, the photographer, the list goes on. If you’re going to look the look, you need to be able to walk, or in this case, dance the dance. But can a once professional dancer teach her soon-to-be husband how to cut a rug for their first dance in time for the big day? And will he listen?

The Path of the Fist-Foot
On the eve of the Kyiv Open Cup 2013, a taekwondo tournament featuring a performance from masters of the martial art – the Kukkiwon Team, What’s On takes a look at this relative newcomer in the hand-to-hand combat world of martial arts, developed in the 1940s by Korean major general Choi Hong Hi.

Get Your Skates On
The weather might be cooling, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the great outdoors! C’mon Kyiv – get your skates on and roll about the city. We give you a guide on where to go, when and how much it’s going to cost you.

Golf An “Unwelcome Distraction”
Golf is a game that is played by an estimated 61 million people worldwide. But the game has only recently started to make an impact in Ukraine, meaning that facilities to play the game remain few and far between. Here at What’s On we’ve been known to swing a club or two – we give you the low-down on what to do and where to go should you want to get bitten by the golfing bug!
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Taking Arms
In any cop drama there is always the inevitable scene where an officer is in the shooting range. Whether good cop or bad cop, the scene will play out the same: they will adopt the “stance”, raise their pistol, stare down the barrel towards the target and squeeze the trigger. They will fire round after round. Ever wondered what it’s like? What’s On visits a Kyiv shooting range to find out.

Gone with the Wind
I’m in love, and like Tom Cruise jumping on a couch I want to declare it to the world. I guess you can think of this as an open love letter as I sit and write about my new inspiration. My life has taken a dramatic turn for the better. I’m devoured with passion and I’m proud to announce the name of my new eternal love – Windsurfing!

The Lure of Fishing
Getting up in the morning is easy if your destination is a fishing spot only you know that promises a good catch. Perhaps the most laid-back of all leisure activities, angling is the principal method of recreational fishing in and around the capital, and the Dnipro along with the Kyiv Sea and other rivers provide bountiful harvests. Just beware of superstition.

Feed Your Need for Speed
All current and many former Formula One drivers grew up racing go-karts; some of the most prominent include world champions Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, and Lewis Hamilton. While most of us will never get close to emulating their success, go-karts afford us the possibility to at least come close to feeling what spurred those men on to motorsport greatness. Thankfully, here in Kyiv, there’s a wealth of tracks on which to burn some rubber.

Skin Deep
The spread of the art of tattooing is the result of the cultural collision of two civilisations in the 18th century. Tattooing was one of the wealth of discoveries made by explorer Captain James Cook, who brought it from Tahiti and New Zealand to popularise it in Europe. From a tribal rite of passage, to the domain of sailors like Cook, to outcasts like bikers and prisoners, to the mainstream – tattoos bear testament to a need for individual expression that, literally, gets under many people’s skin.
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Fast Crossing
It’s part of human nature to be adventurous and seek out new experiences. And it doesn’t really matter whether that experience is good or bad, because either way you can chalk it up to, well, experience. What’s On goes whizzing across the Dnipro at 60 to 100 kilometres an hour, 50 metres above the water for an experience that’s gone in 60 seconds.

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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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