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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.
Feed Your Need for Speed
|All current and many former Formula One drivers grew up racing go-karts; some of the most prominent include world champions Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, and Lewis Hamilton. While most of us will never get close to emulating their success, go-karts afford us the possibility to at least come close to feeling what spurred those men on to motorsport greatness. Thankfully, here in Kyiv, there’s a wealth of tracks on which to burn some rubber.
It’s quite the rush, an average kart reaches speeds of 70 kilometres per hour, add to that your low centre of gravity – you are seated mere centimetres from the track – and you have a combination that can easily make you feel you’re going much, much faster. Then there’s tracks packed with twists and you quickly understand the lure of motorsport. With summer now in full swing, a couple of open-air go-karting tracks are in operation, complementing the list of indoor tracks that allow you to polish and perfect your race driving skills year-round. Check out our list and go kart!
Zhazhda Skorosti (Need for Speed) (Hlushkova 9, M Hippodrome)
Price: 50 –330hrv per person
Hours: Mon – Thurs 12.00 –22.00, Fri 12.00 –18.00, Sat – Sun 10.00 –22.00
Considering the location and track, Zhazhda Skorosti is easily our number one choice. It’s easy to get to by metro: Ice Stadium, which the track is adjacent to, is near the recently opened Hippodrome metro station. The track is 500 metres long with 12 different driving routes. Here you pilot nine horsepower karts, which are good for newbies as well as for more “professional” drivers. And all racing action takes place in the open air.
Blockbuster Karting Centre (Moskovskiy 34b, M Petrivka)
Price: 70 –120hrv
Hours: Mon – Thurs 13.00 –23.00, Sat – Sun 11.00 –23.00
Avid kart drivers are fond of Blockbuster due to it being the home of not one, but two tracks with a total length of 650 metres. Thanks to the nine horsepower karts, racers are exposed to a few G-forces as they speed over the tarmac.
Hydropark Karting (M Hydropark)
Price: 30 –80hrv
Hours: Daily 10.00 –22.00
The cheapest karting track on our list can be found at Hydropark. The track here is pretty easy making it perfect for amateurs. The venue offers six karts each 6.5 horsepower at maximum. They still allow you to reach speeds of up to 50 to 55 kilometres per hour on a track shaded by trees making it great entertainment on a hot summers’ day.
Terminal Karting Centre (Kyivska 316, Terminal Mall, M Lisova)
Price: 80 –120hrv
Hours: Mon – Fri 10.00 –18.00, Sat – Sun 10.00 – 00.00
Terminal Karting Centre offers an indoor track meaning you can hurtle round at breakneck speed year-round. It’s fun and easy entertainment and karts here have a 6.5 horsepower capacity, which is more than enough to get a little fast and furious. Children are welcome and who knows? Maybe a budding Ukrainian Formula One star could get their start here.
Forza Karting (Naberezhno-Luhova 23, M Tarasa Shevchenko)
Price: 100 –120hrv
Hours: Mon – Thurs 14.00 – 02.00, Fri 14.00 –18.00
Forza Karting occupies a 3,000 square metre space and offers a multi-level that stretches 500 metres. At only 6 metres wide, it is a test of driving skills, and it is perhaps due to this that Forza Karting organises various contests and championship annually. An added bonus for any budding Hamilton is the children’s karting school also located here.
Chaika Karting (Chaika Stadium)
Price: 100 –500hrv per person
Hours: Mon – Fri 14.00 –21.00
At our second outdoor track, Chaika Karting, you get to put full pedal to the metal due to it being 1,160 metres long. The track is also 9 metres wide, making overtaking “Sunday drivers” easy. Here you’ll find three karting options: for adults Chaika offers nine and 13 horsepower karts and for kids there are smaller 4.5 horsepower karts, making the track perfect for family entertainment.
by Vadym Miskoriz
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|Rights We Didn’t 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 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.