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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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Special Feature

Final Thoughts with What's On...

The Doomsday industry has reaped a fortune in Hollywood and across the world, and we couldnt help but contribute, if only a little. In what could be one of our last issues, the staff here at Whats On want to say thanks for reading, and offer you our thoughts on what could well be the end of the world

Disclaimer: I refuse to let a civilisation that collapsed 1,000 years ago, the dregs of which were finished off by Spanish Conquistadores some 500 years later, tell me we wont be here on 22 December. In fact, I reckon the Mayan calendar is about to run out simply because Mayans had other things, more pressing, to worry about than to update it past 2012. However, if Im wrong, and should the apocalypse happen, heres my advice:
1. Accept the unknowable Ill have to accept Ill never know why Adam Sandler was a success, among other questions that burden me.
2. Relax all pressure is off, be complacent, Ill never achieve my life ambitions and the end of days is the perfect excuse not to.
3. Set small, achievable, goals I might get around to answering an email or two...
4. Do something stupid, reckless, or both I swell with pride at the time I got drunk in a Kyiv bar, turned a whole notepad into paper darts, and launched them while yelling samolet (aircraft). Best thing? They came back. Arrivals and departures made my table busier than Boryspil!
5. Party like theres no tomorrow because, if the Mayans are to be believed, there wont be.

Jared Morgan

Winter is the best season for celebrating here in Ukraine, and cannot be spoiled from something even as sinister as Doomsday. Quite the opposite locals have incorporated the Mesoamerican phenomenon to their list of reasons to celebrate. Check it out:
20 December preparations for Doomsday begin (undoubtedly with a few toasts). 
21 December, or what might also be referred to as International Doomsday in keeping with all other Ukrainian holidays, one cannot let this event go by without a few bottles of champagne, which will no doubt turn into a couple bottles of vodka. 
22 December, Doomsday Ukrainian-style occurs not on the 21st but the 22nd. Why? Because after intense celebration of International Doomsday, most partyers will wish theyd died yesterday. The hangover thats what the Mayans were talking. 
23 December, celebration of Doomsday according to the old style here in Ukraine we have two Christmases, two New Years Yes, that means more vodka 

Vadym Mishkoriz

The one thing we all know with complete certainty (even though we may ignore it most of the time) is that were all going to die. No matter power or wealth, its gonna get you its lifes great leveller. What we dont know, of course, is where and when. Whether we die individually or together is irrelevant. Having advanced warning of one's time and place to kick off would, in my case, make me live and love harder and stronger than ever before. But we should do that anyway, right? Cause after all, its going to happen to all of us soon enough whether theres a doomsday or not.

Neil Campbell

In keeping with the spirit of Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and her most recent address to the people regarding Doomsday, we here at Whats On would just like to say thanks for reading we have always tried to do our best by offering you up-to-date information with regards to live music gigs, theatre performances, art exhibitions, nightlife amusements and of course events for the whole family. Should this be one of our last issues due to zombies, some horrible flesh-eating disease, or the total triumph of Putin, we want you to know its been a pleasure putting the magazine together each week to ensure your entertainment needs were always met. Whats On is a publication you can count on, especially in the days to come, when you may require kindling to keep warm, or for use as a weapon (if rolled up properly) to attack those madcap zombies. So dear readers, take this copy home with you tonight you never know, Whats On could  just save your life. 

Lana Nicole 

I recently heard the end of the world iscancelled! What could have been a unique fairytale scenario and they all died in one day has been turned into the hoax of 2012. Rather than being a part of the fantasy, we will instead continue living our everyday humdrum lives with all of their little nuisances: getting up in the dark; getting that morning massage on the crowded and smelly metro; reading the daily news of the countrys leaders uttering nonsense and engaging in their regular looting activities; returning from work the same way you came to realise that a small Armageddon is awaiting you at home in the form of a hungry family! Yes, Doomsday could solve many a problem. But, now that its been cancelled, perhaps its a good opportunity for each of us to save the world in our own little way. 

Kateryna Kyselyova

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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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