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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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.
Take a Dip
|Thanks to Khreshchenya, that yearly cleansing ritual known in English-speaking parts of the world as Epiphany, many citizens of Kyiv, and much of the former Soviet UNI0N, are officially purified for 2013. For those who a) chickened out on dunk in the Dnipro, b) slept in that day, or c) think that stripping down to your skivvies to slip into the icy waters of our river is slightly less than sacrosanct, we’ve got a list of indoor pools that a) will help keep you in decent shape over these winter months and b) won’t make you “feel as though thousands of tiny needles are piecing your body” (as one of our Epiphany participants in Issue 1 put it).
Olymp (Dimitrova 10, corpus 8)
This pool is located in and run by the University of Education. While not the most modern facility, it is well kept and in fairly good condition. A good 25 metres in length, there are six lanes for individual laps, as well as a kiddie pool for, well, the kids. The water a very pleasant 27 degrees Celsius, and run through filters and treated with chlorine regularly, it’s very clean. Extras include change rooms with lockers, sauna, massage, gym and pay parking.
Hours: Monday – Friday 7.00 – 21.00, Saturday 9.00 – 18.00, Sunday 9.00 – 16.00
Price: 70hrv/45min (adults), 50hrv/45min (children). Various packages available.
Yunist (Bastionnaya 7)
Okay, for you crazies who didn’t get enough of the cold water rush last month, but are looking for something a little less extreme than the country’s river basin, this is the pool for you. Open year-round, the water temperature is maintained at an absolutely balmy 27 degrees Celsius with five lanes each 50 metres long for individual laps. Boasting a strong staff to help get you in shape, take in one of their classes in aquaerobics or visit the gym and then head for the sauna. Incidentally, they’re also one of the only pools with a website: www.openpool.kiev.ua
Hours: everyday 6.00 – 14.00, 19.00 – 21.00
Price: 75hrv/45min (adults). Various packages available.
Centre of Sports & Culture of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Vozdukhoflotskiy 6)
Completely renovated in 2005, this 50 by 25 metre pool has an incredible 19 lanes for individual laps, and is one of Kyiv’s deepest. While there are 1, 2, 5, 7 and 10-metre diving boards, they are available to professional athletes (many of whom you’ll find train here on a regular basis) and those enrolled in a course only. Keeping the pool between flexible 26 – 28 degrees Celsius level is a pleasant but Soviet-minded staff. Amenities include a large number of lockers, aerobic and diving classes, PADI scuba diving courses and a gym with various group programmes.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7.00 – 22.00, Sundays 8.00 – 21.00, with various hours blocked for training.
Price: 55hrv/45min (adults), 20hrv/45min (children). Various packages available.
Olympic Style (Fizkulturiy 1, corpus 6)
This is a small but noteworthy pool, not only because it is located in the centre of town, but also because it is treated to silver ionisation – a safe, clean option to chlorine. With three lanes set at 22 metres each, you’re going to have to beat the masses in terms of swim time, but there are also options for group sessions, so all is not lost. They’ve got classes for kids too, a gym, sauna and sunbeds. But you’re going to have to have your medical certificate in order to use the facilities, which you can procure on site should you need.
Time: everyday 7.00 – 22.00
Price: single use options are not offered. Various packages available.
Spartak (Frunze 105)
It’s true; this pool is a throwback to Soviet times. However, it wasn’t that long ago it went through a fairly decent overhaul. The lockers too have received a fresh coat of paint, and there is a gym and sauna to use as well. The water is kept at the standard 27 degrees Celsius, in a 25-metre long pool with six lanes for individual laps. Trainers are on hand to offer lessons if so desired. However, we should warn you: in order to use this pool you must have your own towel, sandals, latex swimming cap and a note from your doctor stating you are in good health – seriously!
Time: everyday 8.00 – 21.00
Price: 55hrv/45min (adults), 40hrv/45min (children). Various packages available.
Palace of Underwater Sports (Sergienko 2/3)
With depths from 1.4 – 5.3 metres, you have the option of swimming lengths of 50 metres among the ten lanes provided, with 3, 5, 7 and 10-metre high diving boards to jump from. Keen to keep the water as clean as possible, the staff here are also pretty careful not to let the water temperature slip above or below 27 degrees Celsius. As well as a dive club, special classes for kids and pregnant women are also available. However, you’re going to need a doctor’s certificate stating you’re in good health to use this facility – which you can get on site. You might also want to check out their sunbeds and gym, and then grab a coffee upstairs. Parking is free.
Time: Monday – Saturday 7.00 – 22.00, Sunday 9.00 – 17.00
Price: 60hrv/60min (adults), 50hrv/45min (children). Various packages available.
Nauka Sport(Sports Science) (Akademika Vernadskoho 32)
This pool, found within the Nauka Sport Complex, is touted as one of the best in the city, though not for its water temperature, which, sitting at 26 degrees Celsius, is a little chillier than the cheery disposition of their staff. With six lanes for laps 25 metres in length, get your groove on while the kids play in the smaller pool (6x10 metres) not far off. Or, sign up for any number of the classes they’ve got on offer, spend time in their gym or on the tennis courts too – just remember your doctor’s certificate.
Time: Monday – Saturday 7.00 – 22.00, Sunday 9.00 – 20.00. Various packages available.
Price: 70hrv/45min (weekdays), 50hrv/45min (weekends after 14.00). Various packages are available.
Vodnyk (Voloshskaya 62)
This is another of our Soviet favourites, built back in the days of the Bolsheviks. Thanks to its location and low prices in comparison to some of the other pools in town, however, it remains in favour with many students and those on a tight budget. Here, you’ll find only six lanes of 25 metres each, with the temperature a little cooler too, at 26 degrees Celsius. But then you’re here to get fit – and it’s only horribly freezing in that first moment.
Time: everyday 8.00 – 21.00
Price: 65hrv/60min (adults), 45hrv/60min (children). Various packages available.
Delfin (40th October St 120v)
This pool was built a few years ago, and by a few we mean a lot – and it shows. While not the most luxurious of establishments, what they do have are six lanes 25 metres each for laps with two diving boards of different heights. With the water temperature kept at a refreshing 25 degrees Celsius, rent out Delfin and enjoy the venue at your own leisure (an option available with most of these pools), or take part in aquaerobics, spend some time in the gym, the sauna or get your vitamin D in their sunbeds. In addition, you’re allowed to park here for free but you’re going to have come with a doctor’s certificate.
Time: closed Monday, Tuesday – Friday 8.00 – 20.00, Saturday 8.00 – 19.00, Sunday 8.00 – 17.00
Price: 50hrv/45min (adults), 35hrv/45min (children). Various packages available.
Centre of Sport & Physical Education (Polevaya 38/1)
This pool is found in the sports complex of Kyiv’s Polytechnic University, which means you’re going to be faced with a lot of students. Nevertheless, when not in use for educational purposes, their doors open to one and all, where they’ve got 20 25-metre lanes in water that is kept at a very diplomatic 26.5 degrees Celsius. Get involved in their group aquaerobics, join the diving club or sign your kids up for lessons; just make sure you come with a doctor’s bill of health in hand.
Time: Monday – Saturday 7.00 – 22.00, Sunday 9.00 – 19.00
Price: 50hrv/45min (adults), 30hrv/45min (children). Various packages available.
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| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.