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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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Cover Story

Everyone knows and loves the Miss World competition and will be wishing Miss Ukraine good fortune when the finals take place during the summer, but its sister, or should we say brother, competition Mr. World does not attract so much attention with many people not even knowing of its existence. But there is such a thing, the finals of which took place recently in the beautiful tropical city of Sanya in China where the Miss World finals have been held for the last three years, and 25 year old dancer and model from Sevastopol Zhenya Dudin was there representing Ukraine. 56 countries took part in the Mr. World final, all of whom had great looks and well-toned bodies, but that was not all that was required to come out on top as the competition goes much further by testing the character and determination of the participants to the limits.


A highly unusual movie festival is coming to Kyiv as legendary British experimental filmmaker Peter Greenaway comes to town with his new multi-media project The Tulse Luper Suitcases. Consisting of three movies, a TV series, 92 DVDs, CD-ROM, books and a computer game, Greenaway has really gone to town on his latest enterprise and the movies which will be shown here from 23-35 March should prove a huge treat for all art-house afficionados.

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Kyivs twice yearly fashion week gatherings have long been one of the focal points of the annual social calendar, gathering the cream of local high society and offering a glimpse of local creative talents. The shows have improved dramatically over the years thanks to regular venue changes and the steady improvement of local design creativity, and this years spring shows look set to be the most professionally accomplished yet. A few years ago the Ukrainian Fashion Season shows were something of a byword for small-town Kyiv, with its clichy crowd and predictable players, but the number of designers now participating as much as the quality of their work testifies to the increasingly comsopolitan feel of the Ukrainian capital and the self-confidence of the Ukrainian fashion scene.


This week sees Ukraine select its entry for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held later this spring in Helsinki, Finland. The leading contender is local pop culture icon Verka Serdyuchka, a drag act that started out life in the mid 1990s by poking fun at matronly Soviet types and quickly became a national institution, provoking a furious debate about the Ukrainian national identity along the way.


Its Lent, and with spring on the way and International Womens Day coming soon, its time to put winters debauchery behind you, detox, de-stress, shape-up and get looking good again for summer. But it doesnt need to be hard work, and here at Whats On we thought we look into some innovative and invigorating ways of revitalising yourself after a long winter of fatty foods and too much alcohol.


Ukraine and Kyiv in particular might not offer much in the way of financial support or facilities for the sport of ice hockey, but the local team Sokil Kyiv has managed to remain in the A Division of the World Ice Hockey Championships for the last 8 years. This week Whats On caught up with coach Oleksandr Seukand to find out how he does it.


From painting and graffiti to video and multimedia instillations, Generations UsA, the major new exhibition at Kyivs ground-breaking Pinchuk Art Centre showcases the latest trends in both establishment and outsider art. At the grand opening of the new exhibition curator Peter Doroshenko of the USA expressed his sincere wish that visitors would become kinder to one another after viewing the new works. He believes that creative and non-business oriented endeavors help make us all better people, and this new show is designed to support this thesis.


Since going on air five years ago M1 has been bringing the best in pop, rock, and dance to people all over the country. With its fifth anniversary coming up later this month Whats On caught up with some of the channels most popular presenters to look back on five fun filled years at the top.


The British Council in Ukraines British Film Festival at Ukraina cinema (5 Horodetskoho) is underway with local kino buffs being given the opportunity to catch the latest in contemporary British cinema. A broad spectrum of genres has been especially selected, ranging from satire and black comedy to controversial ultra violence and gritty realism, offering viewers a window onto the state of British social life and the chance to take the pulse of the nation. Afternoon tea with the Queen, red buses, London Bridge, warm beer and fish and chips it certainly isnt, but all of these films have one thing in common; they could only have been made in Britain.


Theres more to the Ukrainian music scene than manufactured princesses lip-synching along to bubble gum pop and superstar DJs playing other peoples music. The Ukrainian capital has a thriving live music scene with Sbey Pepels being one of its leading lights. Many music followers and insiders are tipping the indie act for great things, with the outfits cult following gradually becoming main stream popularity.

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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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