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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.
|Some say an hour of windsurfing is equal to three hours in a gym, that’s not surprising when you consider it is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. As the swimming season in Crimea has already opened and with the usual run of May holidays conspiring with Orthodox Easter to give us a bumper run of days off work this year, we decide to test the waters in Ukraine’s best windsurf spots.
At one time referred to as “surfing’s ginger haired cousin” by the sport’s legendary champion, Robby Naish, windsurfing does have advantages over its relative. It does not require “surf” as such, merely an expanse of water. Thanks to the wealth of water resources in Ukraine, there are many ideal windsurfing spots such as the Black and Azov seas, the Dnipro River and the artificial reservoirs along it like the Kyiv or Kaniv seas. Simply go where the wind blows on your next vacation.
Sticky Feet and Strong Hands
Okay, we’ve seen many a video where windsurfing seems to be a pretty easy task; you simply stand on a board and hold the sail, what’s hard about it? Firstly, it’s not as easy as you might think to get on the board as the board itself is very slick. Second, the sail becomes a powerful engine when fed by wind and to hold it you’ll need to apply a lot of strength or else its wipe-out. The forces that move your board on tides can easily cause you injury, that’s why wearing all possible protection like a helmet and a lifejacket are a must, especially if you are a rooky in this sport. The ideal wind speed for surfing is from 4 to 10km/h and professional surfers don’t recommend standing on a board if the wind speed exceeds this.
Catching the Wind
Without a doubt, the most comfortable place for windsurfing in Ukraine is the Black Sea coast. Experienced surfers will tell you the best tides are in Sudak, Sevastopol, Koktebel, Chornomorske, Shchelkino, Olenivka and of course Odesa. Ulet windsurfing school is a popular place in summer for those looking to take up the sport. It is located 60km from Odesa offering lessons for grownups and kids as well as rental of all the gear you’ll need.
The waves on the Black Sea are not as big as in Hawaii, but you’ll still get an adrenaline surge from riding them. The small size of Black Sea waves makes it unsuited to traditional surfing and that’s basically why windsurfing is more popular in Ukraine than its sail-less cousin. The Azov Sea also has a couple of windsurfing hotspots. The best known is Kyrilivka situated not far from Melitopil. This is a typical resort village that offers quality accommodation for families in summer with good access to the sea for swimming and windsurfing.
The construction of artificial water reservoirs in Soviet times was a regular practice and as with most things Soviet their scale were tremendous. Here in Ukraine we call them “seas” and their list include the three biggest; Kyiv, Kaniv and Kakhovka. Thanks to their size they are perfect for windsurfing.
The centre of Kyiv’s windsurfing culture is in Vyshhorod where the Kyiv Windsurfing Club resides. Here you’ll be taught how to windsurf as well as being able to rent everything you need to sail, just don’t expect any huge tides there as the river is pretty calm.
Whichever destination you choose, if it’s near water we’re sure you’ll find windsurfing on offer, so give it try and see if that laidback surfer lifestyle is for you.
The Best Windsurfing Spots in Ukraine:
• Black Sea
• Olenyovka (Western Crimea)
• Donuzlav (Western Crimea)
• Tarkhankut (Western Crimea)
• Sevastopol, Kozachya Bay
• Azov Sea
Equipment Cost (prices are approximate):
Windsurf – 10,000hrv
Swimming suits and protection – 1,500hrv
Total – about 11,500hrv
Kyiv Windsurfing Club Mistral (Vyshhorod, 30min from Kyiv), 050-352-5584
Kharkiv Windsurfing Station (Soicha Sanatorium, Stariy Saltov village), 050-632-6921
Surfing Club in Sudak (Naberezhna 1, Sudak), 066-976-5749
Eupatoria Windsurfing Club (near Moinakskoe Lake), 066-718-7093
Mariupil Club of Windsurfing (WindSport station in Pionerske Village), 067-624-5591
Ulet Windsurfing Club (Zatoka Village, Odesa), 067-711-6363
Tortuha Windsurfing School (Kyrilivka Village), 050-594-9741
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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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| 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.