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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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Take me out!
The Ukrainian Connoisseurs Club (TUCC) have had new restaurants in Kyiv on their radar for 12 years now. While some of the top scoring venues are no longer around (reasons why to be revealed in an upcoming issue), there is still a plethora of places in the capital with which to quench whatever you might be craving. We take a look at some of the venues that have particularly impressed these food aficionados in recent years.

They come to eat, they come to drink, but mostly they come to dance. Machete Latin Casa Restaurant Club occupies a niche position in Kyivs dining and nightlife scene, bringing Latin American flavours and rhythms to the centre of the city. Whats On escapes the winter cold for a little bit of hot salsa.

Ive heard a lot about Kanapa, but havent got round to giving it a try, so Im quite happy that its my turn to cover the TUCC event at this particular restaurant. And I am even happier when I arrive at the place on a cold November evening, because I am hungry and ready to eat. In fact, I am so hungry Id eat anything without much thought for its culinary content. Will Kanapa satisfy my ravenousness and delight my tastebuds as well? Read on and find out...
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The golden age of radio the period when radio reached its peak popularity with general audiences was in the 1930s and 1940s, yet radio has always managed to hold its nostalgia-coloured ground against the challenges of ever evolving technology. To theme a bar and restaurant on century-old technology might seem a gamble, so Whats On tunes in to Radio Bar to see if it is a place that can set the airwaves buzzing.

You may be wondering, why would a restaurant review start off with a football cliché? Read on...

Eating seafood has become de rigueur in landlocked Kyiv with a wealth of restaurants serving up dishes still tasting of the sea. Flown in from Black Sea ports, theres sometimes only several hours from the catch being hauled from the sea and sent out to waiting patrons to be savoured. The name Barkas is a landmark on the Sevastopol dining scene and prides itself in serving fresh black sea fish accompanied by a glass of Crimean wine. Two years ago the company behind the restaurant ventured north to the capital opening two versions of the brand. Whats On samples the catch.

Georgian hospitality is legendary and has made the Caucasus nation popular the world over. It is a country that takes pride in how it generously treats guests. Whats On takes the opportunity to experience it firsthand without the need to board a flight by visiting Kuvshin a friendly Kyiv restaurant that has been serving Caucasian and Eastern delicacies since 2005.

Ask any man, or perhaps more importantly, ask any woman, and they will tell you size matters. Could it be Kyiv restaurant Piccolino, Italian for little one, has not heard of this international adage?

The Halloween tradition has taken root in Ukraine, especially here in Kyiv where citizens have taken to donning costumes and carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns with gusto. Where people from other countries grew up celebrating All Hallows Eve, here it is a very post-independence phenomenon that Ukrainians have developed a real taste for.

Indigo Ambitious Project is a multilevel complex opened a year ago, pitched at as diverse an audience as possible. Whether it is for a quick bite of lunch or a glass of beer on their year-round open lounge terrace, enjoying a full meal in the restaurant, singing your favourite songs at the karaoke bar or dancing the night away in the nightclub it can all be done at Indigo.


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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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