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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

Its over there near Shevchenko Park, and too few people seem to go in it. Whats On decided to visit the Khanenko Museum, one of the citys treasures, and report on its stash of great art. Just walking into the Kyiv Museum of Western and Eastern Art (they have the range covered, dont they?) is a bit of an adventure. Youre in the foyer of a pre-revolutionary Kyiv mover-and-shakers mansion, and it feels like youve fallen into a boat of claret-spiked gravy. So this is how they lived back then?


"When you go for a walk at night in Naples you notice that every third person is Ukrainian," says artist Ivan Bazak, 27. "The idea for this exhiPition came to me during one of those walks."


Around here Christmas is celebrated according to the Julian calendar, which means this year it will fall on January 8. Thats only one of the things that will strike Westerners as unusual about the holiday as celebrated locally. Heres our guide to some other charming peculiarities of the Yuletide, Slavic-style.

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If youre not a journalist, youll never be a good TV host, says Daria Shapovalova, whos just launched her own TV programme, Fashion Week with Daria Shapovalova. The Shevchenko University journalism student seems poised to become the new trend-setter in Ukrainian fashion.


Selling Glamour
Actually, the music industry often resembles nothing more than a casting call for models, where girls are chosen for how they look, with little attention being paid to whether they can sing Informal sources indicate that about 60 percent of Ukrainian singers lip-synch, and that the most important criteria when putting together a girl band is their appearance and how they look together. Producer Katya Vasilyeva defends these practises, saying that show business is complicated, and that what's needed isn't only good music but a beautiful picture" as well "How attractive the artist is plays an important role in gaining success," she says.

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The International Womens Club Kyiv has been raising money for charity in the city for the past 15 years. Last year they raised $150,000 for good causes, and this year they hope to top $200,000. Their annual Christmas Bazaar, Ukraines biggest charitable event, will take place on Saturday 1 December and we caught up with Vice President - Fundraising of IWCK, Tanya Gabrielyan, to find out how it works, and how the money raised is spent.

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Digital television is becoming more widespread, niche development of the Ukrainian television market is deepening, and the industry is moving toward producing its content domestically, not importing it from overseas. Ukrainian TV is under reconstruction, with more and more channels rising up to target carefully defined audiences. What's On journalist Anastasiya Skorina investigates how Ukrainian TV is developing.

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Ukrainian Fashion Week might only be celebrating its tenth birthday this year, but it's all grown up. The event's more about fashion now and less about celebrities, and local designers are starting to earn international reputations, What's On took a look at some of Fashion Week's most exciting collections,

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Sometimes a name says it all, such as in the case of `The Best, a local dance troupe thats risen to the top of their art. The group has wowed audiences in Ukraine and at dance festivals abroad and enlivened performances by such acts as Tartak, XS and NeAngely with dancing that reflects the groups insights into life, nature and spirituality.


It's Halloween this week, a time of witchery, superstition and the black arts. If you've spent more than a little time in Ukraine, you'll know that Ukrainians, while not too big yet on this particular holiday, are a superstitious lot with a strange list of dos and donts when it comes to staying on the good side of luck, many of which are completely unfamiliar to those from the West.



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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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