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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

The Pick-up Stitch-up

Ive heard about Ukrainian Casanovas and pick-up artists. I remember a while back there was even a course for them advertised on radio and other places. I guess that everything in life can be useful or harmful depending on the individual involved. I cant deny that this kind of thing is out there and maybe even it is of some benefit todays men seem to lack a bit of creativity and originality when it comes to their methods. Maybe some of these guys will get a few ideas from these courses. If parents cant teach their sons what it means to be a man, how to speak to women, then okay, let them go on these courses. But it would have been better had they learned in school rather than go on these pick-up courses.

As for the Ukrainian guys who call themselves Casanovas, I dont like that tag. Really its just a womaniser dressed up as something more respectable. Some guys may even think its cool to be classed as a womaniser. Maybe theyre even handsome and confident. But for me theres a negative connotation to what they are and what they do.
No doubt, there are a lot of these guys out there and part of the challenge of being a modern woman is to avoid them, unless thats what youre looking for. Theyre usually pretty easy to spot for starters some of them dont even try to hide, thinking that there are some women who want this kind of guy. Others, well, the memorised phrases, rehearsed moves and methodical body language theyre not difficult to identify. Sure, these guys are usually handsome and charming but its not real charm, its all synthetic. Real charm isnt something you can be taught, its about being yourself, being confident in yourself.
As for whether Ukrainian men are good at being Casanovas, well yes, there are good-looking men here, and I know that some of them have made this lifestyle choice. It probably means they make more effort in their appearance, nice clothes, aftershave and so on. It would be nice to find a man who did all of this and wasnt a womaniser!
Of course, the Ukrainian guys here do have some competition in the shape of foreign guys who come here looking for girls. However, from what I hear, the Ukrainian guys manage to keep their end up. Of course they have a key advantage, which is their language! Maybe its nice for a girl to have a little language practice in English with a guy, but to make a real connection it makes a lot of difference to be able to speak in the same tongue. I guess in the cynical terms these guys think in, they probably refer to that as a competitive advantage. But thats the thing, this shouldnt be a business, this is love. I cant imagine anything worse than being with a guy who just wants to process you like a transaction and move onto the next one. Nor do I think thats acceptable behaviour business and pleasure have separate names for a reason!
Anastasia is 23-years old and is a manager in marketing communication at Cosmopolite Hotel.

Anastasia Kornienko

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Jason | 29.07.2012 10:18

Read the book called Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. I live in Canada and had no coencpt?? of the level of devastation that struck Ukraine, Poland, Belarus and the Baltic States. 14 million, non-combatants, were murdered by political decree between 1933 and 1945. They all suffered horribly but Ukraine worst of all. These people still feel those wounds, it happened only a generation ago.

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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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