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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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My Kyiv
Hes been here since independence, and in that time he has seen a thing or two. This week we asked Kyiv character, lawyer and author, Alex Frishberg, to tell us about his life in Ukraine, in his own words.

This week we thought wed go French and have a chat with the main man at Nestle here in Ukraine, Bruno Le Cicle. Heres what he has to say about Kyiv and Ukraine in his own words.

Re-introducing our My Kyiv feature in which we ask locals and members of the international community about their lives in Kyiv. Were kicking off this week with businessman, member of the Kyiv Lions Club, and part time cover model for Whats On, Dave Young. Here is what he has to say in his own words!
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Kamaliya is the blonde pop singer who also won the Mrs. World pageant in 2008. Shes a household name in Ukraine, and for a while there her video was in constant heavy rotation on that big video screen above the intersection, across the street from the Arena complex. (Whether her presence up there caused a higher incidence of traffic accidents, we cant say.) Shes also a woman of substance, and we caught up with her to talk about the city she lives in.


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Inna Zubets, a lawyer by trade, is a true blue Kyivlanka: shes been living here since she was a child. She tells Whats On about her love for her native city, her profession, her passions, and the best places to hang out in the wonderful capital that is Kyiv.
1) Inna, tell us, what places do you like best in your fine hometown of Kyiv and why?
Kyiv is such a beautiful city, its hard for me to pick a particular area and say, this is the best. But all things being equal, I would choose the Kyiv Botanical Garden in Pechersk. Its like an oasis in the city: it has a quiet warm atmosphere amid beautiful green trees, flower gardens. Its really exceptional. What makes it better than other parks in the city is the view of the Dnipro.
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This native Nigerian is a member of the Ukrainian UNI0N of Architects and the one-time chairman of the Nigerian community here in Kyiv. He arrived in Kyiv to study in Ukraine during the Soviet era, in the mid-1980s. He liked it, and so hes been living and plying his business here in Ukraine ever since then.
Alexis, what places do you like best in Kyiv, and why?
I like the city centre of Kyiv best. In this area theres a lot of architectural mix-up. My favourite place in this area is the Arena City plaza. That building has architectural merit. The reason I like the city centre of Kyiv best is that the life of the city is centered there. All the hustle and bustle of any big city capital in the world can easily be found there.
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Masha Litvinova, a Kyiv model signed with Karin, is one of the citys up and coming beauties, and one whose face has graced the cover of Whats On as well as other publications. Having recently returned from a professional visit to China, the globe-trotting mannequin met up with us to tell us all about what she thinks of the city shes always happy to return to and about some other things as well.
What do you like most about Kyiv and whats your favourite place in the city?
Its just a great city, a place for tourists. The old architectural design in the centre of the city is very unique, and when you combine the landscape here with it, youve got one of the best capitals in the world. As for my favourite place in Kyiv, its downtown.

The citys annual holiday, when it pays tribute to its fine self, is coming up. Heres what to do during one of springtimes finest celebrations.
This year Kyiv Day in effect started early with the big multimedia Gogolfest event and will finish up on Sunday, 25 May (just in time for the mayoral elections). After casting their ballots Kyivans can take their foreign friends to Mystetsky Arsenal to check out the Electro-acoustics project thats playing there. The project unites musicians representing various diverse trends in modern electronic music and each year theres a different mix of talent. Electro-acoustics was founded in 2003, when the Kyiv audience heard them play in collaboration with a number of French composers.

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Sendley, the Dutch representative on the Kyiv Arsenal football team, spoke to Whats Ons Cosmos Okigbo Ojukwu about his love for Kyiv, his career, and his plans for the future.
So, Sendley, what is it that you like about Kyiv?
Kyiv is the image of a big European capital. It has a mixture of people from different parts of the world. Im from the Netherlands, from Amsterdam. Kyiv is some four or five times bigger than Amsterdam. The landscape of the city is so amazing. The city centre of Kyiv is the place I like most, especially around Shota Rustaveli, near where Olympic Stadium is situated. That areas of great interest and importance to me because, as you know, Im a football player. Whenever Im around that area I see the stadium and it reminds me why Im in Kyiv. It gives me a special sense of joy and a sense of belonging.


Elizabeth Attim is the glamourous vocalist for Light Sound Concept, a jazz-funk outfit thats performed in both Eastern and Western Europe. She caught up with Whats Ons Cosmos Okigbo Ojukwu to talk about what she likes about Kyiv and other topics.

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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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