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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 Culture
American commercial photographer Jeff Zaruba has honed his craft over a career in advertising, editorial, and fine art photography spanning 30 years. Specialising in art, architecture, travel, and tourism photography, his art compositions are black and white, and he brings them to Kyiv this month.

The Teddy Bear is said to have simultaneously appeared in Germany and the US in the early 20th century. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the teddy bear became an iconic childrens toy that features prominently every Christmas. As that day rapidly approaches, Kyiv Teddy Bear shop owner and organiser of exhibition Teddy Land Olena Kravchenko invites one and all to celebrate our furry friends. Promising an event featuring all thing teddy bear, including accessories, a fair, workshops and various other family activities, Whats On delves deep into the woods where the bears are.

Christmas is more about anticipation than the actual day itself. Across Europe, celebrations begin when the first Christkindlmarkt or Christmas markets open weeks or even a month before the big day. This quasi-historical festive romp of a German Christmas is now a staple on Ukraines calendar of annual events. Whats On samples the festive fare.

When I was younger, nobody ever described me as too cool for school. This phrase was reserved for anyone who acted tough like Sylvester Stallone, played pranks on the teachers or just played any sport that wasnt chess. However Im sure if Id got a lift to school on a Harley Davidson motorbike, my school days would have been a lot different.

Cinderella is a story told in hundreds of languages, across millions of miles around the world, and for three days only, it will be recited here in the capital on ice! With more than 50 actors, singers, acrobats and figure skaters coming together to make this an unforgettable performance, we talk to star of the show, Cinderella herself, ahead of her happily ever after.

Founded in 1992, The International Womens Club of Kyiv (IWCK) celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, and one of the clubs most established traditions and most lucrative money-spinners is its Charity Bazaar an annual event coinciding with the festive season and designed to help people in need. If Christmas truly is the season of giving, then the women of IWCK do it in spades.

In the late 90s Limp Bizkit went from being one of nu metals rising oddities to one of the biggest bands on the planet and things got crazy pretty quickly. Gaining popularity thanks to hits like Take a Look Around, New Generation and Eat You Alive, Limp Bizkit head back to Kyiv for a third time bringing their sixth album Gold Cobra released two years ago.

It seemed like a good idea, four lads from the Whats On team would enjoy a boys night out at one of Kyivs all-inclusive private parties. It wasnt. What should have been a blinder, turned into a free-for-all brawl. Where we should have been stumbling home bleary-eyed before sun-up, one members eyes were blackened and bloody. Whats On takes a walk on the wild side in a little town on the outskirts of Kyiv called Bortnichy, where the party is private, and pathetic.
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Emerging from Leeds in 2009, the seven musicians of Submotion Orchestra quickly intrigued the European public with their experimental mix of electronica, soul, ambient electronica, jazz and dub. Four years on, the band released EP Finest Hour on Ranking Records and two full-length albums: Finest Hour (2011) and Fragments (2012).

After carving out a career as a cabinetmaker, Kyiv resident Valeriy Danevich thought it was time for a change. In 2005 he called time, literally, on traditional wooden joinery instead focusing on what has become his labour of love creating wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks with complex movements made entirely from wood with the exception of the metal hairspring needed to propel the movement. Whats On looks at Danevichs incredible timepieces and finds out what makes him tick.


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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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