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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

Here Come the Brides

Getting hitched: It is said every girl dreams of donning a white dress and marrying her prince charming. Most plan to do it only once. But in Ukraine, a tradition has emerged that allows blushing brides the opportunity to relive their big day without the hassle of finding another spouse the bride parade. Cities across Ukraine are set to become seas of white this summer as waves of brides take to the streets. Whats On takes a look at the schedule of bride parades whether you simply want to watch, gain inspiration for your own nuptials, or participate in one of them this story is for you!

The closest to Kyiv in terms of date, though not in distance, is the bride parade to take place in Donetsk on 16 May. Its the fifth bride parade to be held in Donetsk and its aim is to promote family values and the exceptionally important role of women and mothers in society. The event is non-commercial, socially-orientated and gives all ladies a chance to showcase how beautiful they look in their wedding finery.

In Kremenchuk the parade of brides has a benevolent purpose, and this year will take place on 26 May. All participants pay a donation with the money raised going to charity. Another attraction of the event in Kremenchuk is the chance for the smallest of girls to take part in the walk as well the latter is especially popular here as all little beauties dream of donning white wedding dresses one day.

At the end of the month on 29 May, a similar parade will take place in Odesa, albeit more exclusive. Only 50 brides get the chance to walk along the main street of Odesa from Dumska Square to Deribasivska and of visiting the most popular spots in the city where newlyweds pose for pics. The final location of the parade is Soborna Square where brides will toss bouquets into a crowd of young and unmarried girls. The events purpose is touted as proving being a woman, and a wife, is respected and honoured.

Kharkiv is the next city to hold this bridal flash mob here, the march of beautiful ladies in bridal veils is planned for 9 June. The organisers of the Kharkiv bride parade have thought of five titles brides can vie for: Lady-mother, business-lady, lady-future, lady-profi (were also not sure!), and lady-bohemia. Participants are offered a number of sample images in each category so brides are able to adapt their wedding dresses to fit. Stylists and fashion consultants are also invited to participate, presenting their work in the parade, so the show is going to be spectacular. Winners will be chosen by the jury and the prizes are worthy of brides going into battle trips to Europe and to spa-resorts across Ukraine.

On 30 June, Lutsk will host its version of the parade of brides. This is the third time the event has been staged in Lutsk and this year it coincides with Youth Day, which gives even more reason for it to be a fun day. Organisers say the day will start early for the brides with professional hairstyling and make-up, followed by a glamorous photo shoot and finally a walk from the Theatre Maidan to Lesi Ukrainka Park where all the festivities are planned. The organisers also stress that brides make dresses and other accessories themselves for the parade. One of the most creative at past parades was a dress made of real flower petals! Of course the most creatively dressed bride wins a prize.

Next down the aisle is Rivne where brides will walk on 6 July. Last year in Rivne, brides did not only walk, but also rode on bikes. According to feedback from last years event, all participants enjoyed it and promised to take part again, so this year the parade promises to be bigger and better than before.
Regardless of your own marital status these parades of brides offer quite a magical spectacle so catch one near you.

Kateryna Kyselyova

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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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