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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.


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.


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.


Cover Story
Shevchenko Mania
This month, in collaboration with the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, the Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, and Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, Mystetskiy Arsenal presents art project Shevchenko Mania. Included in the near two-and-a-half week exhibition, dedicated to 200 years of Taras Shevchenko, are more than 60 watercolours, etchings, and drawings, unique manuscripts, original ethnographic sketches, a large-scale video installation entitled Our Shevchenko, plus far more besides.

The Testament of a Nation
The bard, the minstrel, the muse of Ukraine – Taras Shevchenko would have celebrated 200 years in 2014, the world celebrates for him.

Fast and Furious
Ice hockey is as brutal as it is beautiful, making it a sport for spectators with an almost gladiatorial quality. It is known as “the fastest game on earth”, two teams of six, whirl across the ice in pursuit of a hard rubber disk known as a puck. It’s full contact, and skate blades combined with sticks, the puck itself, and high-speed collisions, make it a sport that exacts a high injury toll on players. What’s On looks at the state of the sport in Ukraine.

Showbiz Whizz
Natasha Gordienko is still feeling her way in the world of Ukrainian showbiz, despite some hard slog in the business over many years. Her story became one of success thanks to her desire to sing and her willingness to take a gamble – in reality TV. What’s On looks at her journey.

SOS from Russia
A formerly closed-off Soviet military enclave is one of the last places you would expect to spawn one of Russia’s biggest rock acts. Yet, Vladivostok, the port town in Russia’s Far East, did just that 30 years ago. Since 1983, cult art rockers Mumiy Troll have played for the masses, evolving from hometown heroes in Vladivostock and later, after the face of the band Ilya Lagutenko returned from service in the Soviet Army, to rewiring the musical mainstream of their country.

A Rock And A Hard Place
Rock climbing has evolved gradually from an alpine necessity to an athletic sport in its own right, so what is the attraction of scaling great heights with nothing but a rope to break your fall? The answer lies in the endorphins generated by adrenaline and a sense of achievement having stared down a rock face and conquered it. Well, boulders and rocks notwithstanding, here’s an opportunity for you to set out on an adventure and literally learn the ropes of rock climbing.

The Rise of Lazarev
Sergey Lazarev is an anomaly in Russian pop – choosing to sing in English – and it’s something he’s unlikely to compromise on. With a career that has seen him negotiate the transition from child star to adult artist without falter, the 30-year-old remains determined to crack the international music market. What’s On catches up with the Russian star on the eve of his Kyiv concert.

On the Comeback
Ukrainian show business superstar Karolina Kuek or, as she is better known, Ani Lorak, is back and she’s a changed woman. After a brief retreat from the limelight to focus on being a wife and mother, she has announced her comeback with two big shows planned for Kyiv and Moscow, and she promises they are going to be more than just concerts thanks to the events that have shaped her life since we last saw her.

33 Seasons of Fashion
It’s that time of year again, where colours and cuts and all things cloth-related figure prominently among Kyiv’s coming attractions. We go down to the designers’ lair for a quick synopsis of what’s hot for Spring/Summer 2014 and offer you a quick run-down of what might be seen on the runway this season.

Wearing Patriotism on Your Sleeve
To wear vyshyvanka – traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts – was once seen as political – an act of nationalism. In post-independence Ukraine the ornamental motifs and compositions that characterise the craft have gone mainstream featuring not only on shirts, but on other clothing, even smalls.

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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t 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 – children’s 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. What’s 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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