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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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Active Kyiv

Beat The Heat

What is a godsend for Kyiv residents during the sometimes oppressive summer heat? Hydropark! Only 10 minutes by metro from the centre of the city, which in summer turns into an oven, and you are in leafy cool shade riverside. As beach season opens on 1 June, in addition to the sand and taking a dip in the Dnipro, Whats On takes a look at some of the other sport and entertainment activities available at Hydropark you can take part in.

Kayaking
Venetian shed
067-924-7470
Hydropark also has a popular among locals boat-launch. Even though its been here for ages, of late Kyiv citizens have begun to pick up kayaking in large numbers. There might be several reasons for that amateur kayaking is relatively easy and cheap, and offers healthy entertainment on the water. A boat/kayak with paddles costs around 30hrv per hour, you can choose your route yourself, but mind your stamina; paddling against the flow of the Dnipro might be tough for beginners.
Theres also an opportunity of a daylong kayak trip. You gather a bunch of friends, some food and water and order the kayaks to the spot on the river you choose (the cost of service for delivery depends on the distance) and then row back to the boat-launch for a picnic! Dont forget to take some documents with you when renting a kayak, youll have to leave a document behind as security.

Lazalka-Hydropark
150 meters to the right when exiting Hydropark metro station
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This is a relatively new and reasonably extreme activity also known as a rope-park. It is literally a park made of wooden boards tied together with thick ropes making bridges and transitions between trees at a height of 1, 3 and 6 metres. The rope-parks overall length is 485 metres and there are separate tracks for adults (maximum weight 120 kilograms) and for the smallest fans of extreme activities from three years and up (minimum height 90 centimetres). For additional safety, everybody is equipped with climbing belays.
The park also has three levels of complexity the higher the track you take, the more extreme you get. The main track, at a height of 3 and 6 metres costs 80hrv on weekdays and 120hrv on weekends; prices for kids are much lower 40hrv and 50hrv respectfully. Kids aged 10 16 who opt for the adult track must be accompanied by an adult or instructor the latter costing an additional 80hrv. There are also package prices for groups of five or more people giving you the chance to organise a corporate party with a difference or an extreme birthday celebration. The park is open every day from 11.00 to 19.00, and on weekends from 10.00 to 20.00.

Bungee Jumping
Between restaurant Mlyn and the Venetian Bridge
592-4610
Probably the most extreme activity available at Hydropark is bungee jumping. If you are crazy and healthy enough (about this a little later) you can jump and free fall from a height of 40 metres before being snapped back up in the air as if you are attached to a rubber band. The attraction works every day from 13.00 to 21.00 and weekends from 11.00 to 23.00, prices depending on the day are 180 200hrv per person.
To keep you from causing harm to yourself, the instructors will ask you to present a medical certificate ensuring you dont have high blood pressure, heart disease, or epilepsy; while women will have to bring a certificate stating they are not pregnant. And thats not all only those weighing between 45 and 115 kilos are allowed to jump. And of course you need to be more than 16-years-old. If you match all the criteria and are ready for some adrenaline filled action Hydropark is the place to go.

Aerolift
Location and contact details: TBA
A coming-soon activity, to open in July, is an aerolift. This attraction is a hot air balloon and basket. You get into the basket and the balloon takes you up 100 metres high, opening fantastic views to the right bank of Kyiv with its golden domes peeking out from the green parks. The basket will be able to carry 15 passengers and the flight will take nearly 20 minutes altogether up and down. The price is yet to be set, but is anticipated to be about 150hrv. Officials say the project is worth 2.5 million Euro, though its success is guaranteed: there is no need for advertisement of the attraction the aerolift will be visible from all over the city once it starts working, so watch out for it in midsummer!

by 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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