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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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Ukrainian Culture
As motorcycles become an increasingly affordable and common means of transport, bikers are a common sight on Ukrainian roads. Whether they are free riders or members of a bikers club, they all have one thing in common: an unabated love for a purring engine and the open road.

Every parent is proud of his or her children, but can you imagine how proud Ukrainian politicians and businessmen are of their offspring, many of whom have climbed the career ladder much faster than their parents? Those fortunate few who grow up in astounding wealth have access to the best education and resources in the world. But what do they choose to do with it?

Ukraine Fashion Week finished up their 31st season this Sunday past. While Whats On was unable to make it to all of the shows, we did catch a few. We even made it backstage, where we got a peek of what goes on behind-the-scenes with one of Ukraines most promising up-and-comers: kamenskakononova.
With 39 shows featuring 45 designers, and a wide range of guests from six different countries, Ukraine Fashion Week closes for another season. According to various sources, UFW is becoming one of the best fashion weeks in the CIS, and this year proves it just take a look at some of this seasons collections coming from top Ukrainian designers Poustovit, Aysina, Zalevskiy, and Litkovskaya.

Retro cars have always had a magical influence on people, often proving more attractive and interesting than brand new sport cars. But what happens when you combine the old and new? With a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, Oleksandr Stupkin did just that when he transformed his humble Mitsubishi Eclipse into a gleaming Lamborghini Reventon.

Robert McKee stands behind some of the biggest screen works of our time: Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, X Men, Sex in the City, Desperate Housewives, Million Dollar Baby, A Beautiful Mind and many others. All of these brilliant movies and TV shows have been written, co-written, produced, or directed by his students. Here in Kyiv this week to provide guidance, insight and his own personal experience to those in the world of cinema, television and journalism, Whats On sits down with the man behind the Story Seminar.

Statistics show that entrepreneurship in Ukraine changes faster than you can write about it. To earn wads of hryvnias, young professionals need to stay informed about whats happening in the job market and what it takes to stay in the game. Erratic employment trends can make the difference between a fat bank account and a spot on the unemployment line, which left us wondering how possible is it to earn a great salary as a young professional?

Khreshchatyk may be the citys main thoroughfare, but Bohdana Khmelnytskoho definitely gives it some competition. With major business centres, theatres, museums, and historic monuments in the plenty, not to mention the varied cafés and restaurants at your disposal here, a whole day could be spent on this street without a dull moment!
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Thanks to massive reality television hits like So You Think You Can Dance, dance, in its many forms, has had an international rebirth. Here in Ukraine, large portions of the population can be found B-bopping up and down Khreshchatyk all weekend, in dance studios improving their preferred technique, and on the floors of nearly every club in town, shaking their booty to whatever happens to be in the world TOP 40. There's a revival afoot!

This year, Jazz Koktabel is going to be bigger and better than ever! Its a claim that has been made each and every year since the festival first kicked off in 2003, but each and every summer, for nine years, its been a claim fulfilled.
The founders of Jazz Koktebel Dmytro Kyselov and Liliya Mlinarich say they started the festival out of a need to quell the low-quality music flooding the media at the time.

Sixteen teams. Two hosts. One ball. Its a Tango to the death.
If youve been here in Kyiv for any amount of time in previous weeks, youll probably have noticed the football themed GLOBUS canopy. Although the raison dêtre of this canopy is purely for marketing and commercial purposes, the Tango 12 (official match ball of EURO 2012) illustrates with remarkable clarity just how sensitive a topic the aforementioned tournament is.
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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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