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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 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.


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.


Ukraine Travel

Snowy Mountains vs Sunny Beach

For those lucky enough to be able to get away for the winter, theres no end of potential destinations. Its a big wide world out there, with a place and a temperature to suit everyone. We asked UIA, KLM and Air France to tell us the most popular, and they came up with the following list. In true Whats On style, weve decided to save you time and effort by giving a warts n all synopsis of each. Winter Wonderland or Deserted Dunes? The choice is yours.

Winter Beauty in the Old World
Paris, France
Its easy to associate this most prestigious of European capitals with cheese, cabaret and beer with more froth than liquid. But the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe are for postcards. Areas like Montmartre, together with such testaments-to-time like the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, will let you discover the real Paris and will get you away from the day-trippers.

Vienna, Austria
The capital of Old Europe is also the capital of ballroom dancing; so much so that they named a cake after it (the Viennese Whirl). Both beautiful and grand all-year round, your visit should include the Hofburg Palace and an audience with Strauss and/or Shubert. With hot chocolate devotees thinking theyve died and gone to heaven, and coffee aficionados equally at home, Vienna ranks among the most veritable of venues.

Milan, Italy
Famous for fashion and football, Milan is not the most obvious Italian choice, since it competes with Venice, Rome and Florence, to name but a few. For fashionistas, its a no-brainer, but for those who simply want a winter break, it ticks most boxes. Baroque architecture mixes with diverse high-tech design to create a very special Christmas mood. And then theres the food 

Tbilisi, Georgia 
A city hidden in the mountains, there are few more interesting places to visit in the crisp crunch of winter. But unlike the elaborate boulevards and buildings of the above, Tbilisi is all about the people. Georgians are famed for letting their hair down over the holidays and for just having fun. Let them treat you to a New Year party to remember.

Vallnord, Andorra
This year, if its skiing, then it has to be the miniscule yet magical kingdom of Andorra. One of its ski resorts, Vallnord, deserves special mention. With 93km of ski routes and a 3000m high mountain (Pic de Coma Pedrosa), its the pick of the bunch. 

Sun, Sand and Salty Seas
Dubai, UAE
Dubai has developed quickly. So quickly in fact it went bust and needed Abu Dhabi to bail it out. But with excess comes intrigue, and if you want to see cutting-edge kitsch, this place is for you. From dusty dunes to dramatic design in little over ten years, this is copycat chic like youve never seen it before. Who theyve copied it from, God only knows.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 
The meeting place between the waters of the Caribbean and the Atlantic was always going to be an interesting place. It is. Despite being developed in the 1970s, Punta Cana is a lesser-known locality with lots to love. An ocean breeze keeps you cool, whilst the translucent aqua-marine waters keep you coming back for more underwater exploration. 

Cancun, Mexico
Created especially for tourists a few decades ago, it grew in popularity, to such an extent that in 2007 it was awarded top prize from the World Tourism Organisation. Despite the accolades, it does have its drawbacks. Chief among them is the brutal drugs war being waged across the country that has left thousands dead. Then theres the jellyfish. 

Havana, Cuba
Salsa and mambo, cigars and Che Guevara, reclining with rum the list of delights this city can count is endless. Crumbling ration shops mix with colonial palaces. But more than anything, its the citys inhabitants (the Habaneros) who bring this place to life. Get out into Centro Habana or Vedado and pick up the rumba beat.

Mauritius, Republic of Mauritius
Sitting where it does, in the enticingly azure Indian Sea, this island paradise has been infused with Chinese, Indian, French and African influences over the years, to name but a few. It shows. Step away from the beach and into the island proper, and you get to experience the fruits of this intoxicating mix, which is most easily recognised in the cuisine. Bon appétit! 

Vadym Mishkoriz

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    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.

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    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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