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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

Long-running Latvian pop sensations Brainstorm recently paid a two-day visit to Kyiv to play a corporate party for Kyivstar and appear on the TV show Star Factory. Whats On sat down to talk to them about their impressions of the Ukrainian capital.


Sweet 15-year-old beauty Anna Nazarenko from Kharkiv and 16-year-old Daria Yakovleva from Sumy were recently crowned national winners of the prestigious `Elite Model Look global beauty search. Both leggy lovelies are looking forward to competing for the title of top model in the world fashion final being held in Turkey this year.


Young, beautiful and elegant, Katerina Serebranska shot to fame when she when won Olympic gold in gymnastics at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.Shes stayed in the public eye ever since, as a philanthropist and the author of a new book Womans Secrets. Whats On caught up with her to discuss her life and her love for Kyiv.


Professional footballer Eddy Dombraiye is a one-time Nigerian Eagles superstar and now plays his football in Uzhgorod, where he was one of the players who secured the club its recent promotion to the Ukrainian Premier League. This week he spoke to Whats On journalist Cosmos Okigbo Ojukwu about his love for Kyiv and Ukraine.

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On May 26 the regular "Spring Ovations" and "Premiers of Style" sessions held by Favorite Premium Club impressed the capital's beau-monde with its focus on health, physical activity and holiday emotions. For several hours Kyiv's open air Green Theatre was transformed into a Mecca for those who like to live brightly and enjoy life to the full. Clients of the club demonstrated their proficiency in Pilates, dances, Yoga, load-carrying classes and callanetics. This time 20 teams, which is a new record, took part in the 'Spring Ovations' series. Favorite together with Image studio Intercoif f ure prepared a spring collection of hair style consisting of three topics, in 'pop couture' retro style. Eccentric pop-art girls in pasteboard dresses walked along the improvised catwalk. Geometry and minimalism, bright colors and naive playful characters were represented in the new 'Premiers of Style' collection. And sound mind and body are ensured in Favorite!


Ivan Malkovych born in Hutsul Ukraine in the Carpathian Village of Nyzhniy Bereziv in 1961, is an outstanding Ukrainian poet and founder of the childrens publishing house`A-Ba-Ba-Ha-La-Ma-Ha`. Despite the high cost of publishing in Ukraine and many difficulties face along the way, Malkovychs hard work and enthusiasm has made a great success of his project with its books topping the charts in Ukraine and being sold in countries such as the UK, the US, South Korea, Australia, Hungary and Croatia.

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Tokyo front man Yaroslav Malyj was born in Ukraine and although he now lives in Russia, he never makes any secret of his deep admiration for Ukraine, its beautiful women and soulful people. While visiting the Ukrainian capital recently to perform a concert, he met with Whats On to share his impressions of the city, his feelings towards his music, and his sources of inspiration


The very sentimental and romantic Ukrainian artist Yevgeniya Hapchynska tries to bring a touch of happiness to peoples lives with her vivid and touching pictures of cute girls and boys as well as images of curly-haired cherubs. She has worked as an illustrator of childrens books, and her paintings are now bought by museums and privately by celebrities such as Luciano Pavarotti, Sofia Rotaru, Anastasia Volochkova, Ivan Malkovych, Nikita Mikhalkov, Dmytriy Kolyadenko and Maria Burmaka. She also has her own art gallery at 16 Mykhailivska which hosts many exhibitions, the next of which will be illustrations for the Lewis Carroll classic Alices Adventures in Wonderland starting on 23 May.


Janna Arendar is a cosmopolitan lady with a good sense of humour who works as a flight attendant with Ukrainian International Airlines. Whats On journalist Cosmos Okigbo Ojukwu met with the young jetsetter to talk about her love of Kyiv, her job, and her plans for the future.


Svitlana Tegin is a sophisticated petite dark-haired lady exuding a confident and positive aura who combining Eastern tranquility with Moscow dynamics has always managed to be at the forefront of fashion trends. This elusive lady was born in Kyiv, her career in fashion started here, and all her memories of youth are associated with the streets, clubs and people of the city. Although she has been living in Moscow for more than ten years, she comes back to the place of her birth at every opportunity which as she has a store on Klovska vul managed by her big brother Oleg, is fairly often. Svitlana is famous for her Mongolain cashmere collections, Eastern motifs, excellent taste and an unwavering sense of womens style!



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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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