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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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Special Feature
The motanka doll is one of the most ancient of Ukrainian, handmade household items. Initially fashioned as a domestic symbol of fertility and procreation, these figurines played an important role in the everyday life of early Ukrainians. While still in use today, the tradition has become one more concerned with style and décor than anything magical. As such, we team up with the Katrychenky sisters to take part in a master class of motanka proportions!

The sun and heat of the Ukrainian summer are driving people out of their homes and offices to open air events, parties and sports of course! Kyivs main water artery, the Dnipro, offers the opportunity to try different water sports without even leaving the city. En route to Druzhby Narodiv, Im ready for the adrenalin to kick in wakeboarding here I come!
Druzhby Narodiv Park is a favourite for local people looking to spend time on the weekends in summer, with the X-Park sports complex (located therein) boasting a wide variety of summer sports and leisure activities. Within the park, Kashtan Ski School offers water-skiing and wakeboarding facilities for kids (starting from 3-years-old) and adults.

It might sound odd to the rest of the world, but logically, the heart of Ukraine is nothing but Ukrainian. The reality, however, is far more complicated. 
Western Ukraine is traditionally considered the centre of Ukrainian language and pure Ukrainian culture. Here, using street signs or announcements on public transport as measuring tools to assess Ukrainianess are simply a nonstarter, because as soon as you hit the borders of Lviv or any other town in western Ukraine for that matter, you are literally plunged into the Ukrainian language world.

The statue of Lenin stands proudly in Donetsk, in (naturally) Lenin Square. While it would be extrapolating to say that the statue is universally loved, it certainly doesnt require the 24-hour protection of our own equivalent in Kyiv, at the junction of Khreshchatyk and Shevchenko Boulevard. Actually, they recently erected a new one in the region the first such in the 20-year history of Ukraine as an independent country. 
Now, of course, a statue to Lenin is not just a tribute to a near-90-year dead Soviet Premier. It is a pretty strong statement of nationalistic persuasion.

What happens when you get two Ukrainian politicians together to debate the Ukrainian versus Russian language? Well, naturally, they punch seven shades out of each other. What happens when you get two rather more intelligent people together to debate the matter? We did just that with PR expert Olesya Mygal and journalist Andriy Tymofeiuk. What did they have to say to each other on the subject? Read on

Yoga: a discipline for the mind, body and spirit. Its been attracting so much hype these days, and getting so much positive coverage, we thought we should give it a shot. Needless to say, there is a little scepticism about this ancient discipline in our small circle. I mean, attaining nirvana without so much as a bite of brownie? Cmon! Im one of the lesser of the naysayers, and so pulling the proverbial short straw, I find myself in front of the Andriy Syderskiy Yoga Studio at 10.00 one Saturday morning.

Dear football fans! Welcome to Kyiv and Ukraine! No matter what youve heard in your local press, youve just turned up in a very fun and vibrant place. We are absolutely sure youre going to have a great time in this country, and with good reason the people here are warm and friendly, they love to party, and theyre always very interested in meeting and chatting to foreigners.
However, there is a different culture here, some of it good, some of it no so much, so heres a short guide on some of the negative aspects you might encounter while youre here, and how to make the most of the positives. With our help, you can accentuate the positive while minimising the negative, and make the most of your stay.
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Dear football fans! Welcome to Kyiv and Ukraine! No matter what youve heard in your local press, youve just turned up in a very fun and vibrant place. We are absolutely sure youre going to have a great time in this country, and with good reason the people here are warm and friendly, they love to party, and theyre always very interested in meeting and chatting to foreigners. However, there is a different culture here, some of it good, some of it no so much, so heres a short guide on some of the negative aspects you might encounter while youre here, and how to make the most of the positives. With our help, you can accentuate the positive while minimising the negative, and make the most of your stay.

While Westerners fantasise about chocolate eggs and bunnies for Easter, Ukrainians cant live without their paskha! As a traditional Easter bread, its practice goes back centuries, and is one that is not about to change anytime soon. Every tetya in the country and beyond will have her own recipe, perfected through generations, which is why we decided to take a trip to Mille Miglia where chef Niccolo Rossi was waiting to treat to us to something a little different this year.
Natale con i tuoi, la Pasqua con chi vuoi. My Italian isnt great, but this is a quote I learnt by heart long ago. Roughly translated, it means, Christmas at home, Easter with whomever you wish, and is as true today for me as it ever was.

With spring drawing ever closer and the weather warming, my body has followed suit and my blood has started to boil. Whats the answer? Burn off a little energy. How better to do that than with the Bachata!
Born in the sugar plantations of the Dominican Republic, the Bachata is a style of both music and dance that means noisy merrymaking. Made popular in the 1960s, these were the days and weeks that followed the death of dictator Rafael Trujillo. Heaving with social incertitude, people would gather in their yards to play melancholic and mournful songs about unhappy love.


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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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