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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

Kyivs Ukrainian Fashion Week is one of the highlights of the beau-monde calendar, gathering socialites and dedicated followers of fashion for many years.


Charismatic rocker Valeriy Harchishyn has been a figure on the Ukrainian alternative music scene for ten years. His band Druga Rika is preparing to mark the anniversary with the release of a best of album but as Valeriy is keen to stress, the boys by no means intend to rest on their laurels and are also busy recording a new album, set to be released sometime next year.


Coming from a long line of diplomats, Peter A. Graf von der Schulenburg is the current German military attache to Kyiv. Family history plays an important role in this noblemans life, with one of his relatives being a key figure in the famous 1944 von Stauffenberg plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

 


Having been named amongst the top twenty  in this years Miss Universe contest in Los Angeles, Inna Tsymbaliuk returned to Ukraine with the nickname of Barbie, worldwide exposure, and the admiration of that well known connoisseur of Slavic womanhood Donald Trump. A triumph all round then, as Inna relates to Whats On.

 


Roger Federer may well be the best in history, but theres no doubt that it is Slavic women who have brought the glitz, glamour, and interest to tennis over the last few years. Leggy Ukrainian blonde Anna Karavayeva looks every inch the generic East European centre court stunner, though the Kyivlanka insists that she is very much her own person and combines graduate studies in America with her on-court heroics.

As head of the Nigerian Diaspora here in Kyiv, Dr. John George is one of the capitals most high profile Africans. A resident of Ukraine since Soviet times, the God fearing entrepreneur is an active figure amongst business circles, and must be the only expat in town who doesnt see it as a place of excessive pleasure.

As the founder of Lavina Music, the local record label which boasts Okean Elzy, Ruslana, and Gaitana amongst its talents, Edward Klim is one of the most influential figures in the Ukrainian music scene. Like Kyiv itself Edward believes local music is moving in the right direction, and can thrive if in the right hands.

 


A dandy on the high street and a tough tackling opponent on the pitch, fashion designer Viktor Anisimov is a man for whom the World Cup cant start soon enough. The well-groomed Donetsk native has even started a football themed clothing brand called WAWA with friend and Dynamo star Vladislav Vaschuk.

A resident of Kyiv for the past five years, Fredric Larsson plays a key role in the fight against human trafficking and slavery. Its a job which brings with it plenty of potential for depression but the Swede is buoyed by his part in making a difference and the free and easy spirit of the Ukrainian capital.

 


The Eminem of the Carpathians, VovaZILVova is a Lviv born rapper at the head of the vanguard of Ukraines booming hip-hop scene. Thanks to his smart witty lyrics and over-the-top image, the likeable performer is now one of the most recognisable musicians in the land, though success has most certainly not gone to his head. The iconic joker has maintained a very down to earth approach and obviously loves poking fun at the pseudo macho world of gangsta rap, putting him in a league of his own among a plethora of post-Soviet wannabes who have hijacked the hip hop train in the past few years. Vova also has his own TV show where he regularly demonstrates that he is no one joke artiste but a versatile showman indeed!
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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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