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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.


Ukrainian Culture

Romantic Spirit Switched On

When we last met these guys, they were desperate for spring. Para Normalnykh were so fed up with the coldness that Anya ran away to Sri Lanka, while Artem sheltered himself in Lviv coffee houses. Coming back to Kyiv, the duet decided to bewitch the new season with their fresh, energetic hits. It certainly feels like their spell has worked!

As you are Para Normalnykh (a normal couple), you must be experts in finding decent partners in love and life. What advice can you give?
Anya: There are certainly no ready recipes. We are surrounded by a great deal of decent candidates everyday there is no need to focus just on one person. Relax and look around! Furthermore, dont be afraid to say no if you dont like somebody. Ive been in situations where Ive felt sorry for a chap and couldnt break up with him. Its not good for anyone. 
Artem: Do not run around with a huge poster saying, Looking for love! Open your eyes and tell yourself that there is more out there than just Jared Leto to fall in love with. I agree with Anya completely there are millions of people out there, and if something goes wrong with your current partner dont wait to sort it out. Life is too short to waste it on failing relationships. 

But you must have some perfect image of who you consider the perfect other half? 
Anya: A brunette, whos a little bit bad! 
Artem: I dont have a certain vision in my head. The only thing that really matters is her femininity a loving, gentle girl, who catches your eye instantly.

What relationship do you have in your creative duet? How do you divide up your duties?
Anya: We constantly fight with each other for authority!
Artem: No, we dont! In truth, it feels like we are newlyweds. Anyas duty is to save our hearth and home while mine is to do serious work. To be honest, we do quarrel sometimes, but I am never offended. At least, not for more than a day. 
Anya: What works best is when we are honest with each other, and try never to let negative feelings fester. There is an immediate solution to whatever problem we face as long as we are frank with each other. You know, it is quite trendy to say what you think these days. 

Womens Day is coming up. Will you celebrate it? 
Anya: Yes, I love it! Yet, so many things have changed since we first started celebrating this holiday. Women arent weak anymore. Sometimes, they are even stronger than men!
Artem: Yes, 40% of women could celebrate their day on 23 February. Red Army Day celebrates the power and energy of modern women far more than Womens Day.

What is the most unusual gift you have ever received or given on Womens Day?
Anya: I remember very well a boy who did an oil portrait of me. He signed up for art lessons just for me! Its amazing when people give you something creative and handmade. 
Artem: I agree completely being artistic is the best quality. At school, I made some wooden pictures for my mother. Those too lazy to think of an inventive present have the option of an outrageously expensive gift in any of the citys shops. 

Some people believe that girls expect outrageously-expensive gifts. Handmade gifts and flowers dont cut it anymore. Thoughts? 
Anya: This is a stupid assumption. I only value presents given with care. Artem recently found out I had never had a Kinder Surprise before, and went out and bought a whole box! Thats what I call 
Artem: Money gives you freedom of choice. But sometimes, even something small and cheap can make a girl feel on top of the world!

There are traditional images of Womens Day like flowers and restaurants. How do you enjoy the day?
Anya: Last year, my boyfriend and I celebrated at the Donbass Arena watching football. I shouted my lungs out in support of Shakhtar! It was a truly perfect way to celebrate!
Artem: I believe this day should be spent in an unordinary way. Switch on your romantic spirit, guys! Ive got a stash of plans for Womens Day! Gathering all of my friends and serenading our sweethearts under their windows is one idea. 

What do Para Normalnykh wish Ukrainian women on this holiday?
Anya: I wish you love and freedom. Open your heart, but dont lose 
Artem: Dear ladies, I am convinced that one day of celebration is not enough for you at all! So let me say that I hope you are treated like its Womens Day everyday! Be successful and live your life fully, so we can be proud of you and try to emulate your achievements! 

Yuliya Hudoshnyk

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    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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