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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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Ukrainian Culture

A Hairy Situation Movember Revolution

Like many good ideas, Movember started as a conversation over beer. In this case it was in a bar at the bottom of the world Melbourne, Australia in 2003. Travis Garone and Luke Slattery were drinking beer when their conversation turned to recurring fashion trends. They questioned where the mo (moustache) had gone and joked about bringing it back. In the decade since and with facial hair enjoying a global comeback not seen since the late 19th and early 20th century, its perhaps only a matter of time before Movember catches on in Kyiv.

Movember, or the month formerly known as November, is when men worldwide grow their moustaches for 30 days to raise awareness of mens health and funds for prostate cancer research. To Change the Face of Mens Health, has been Movembers motto from the outset. From its modest 30 members and no money raised in the first year to 1.1 million members and $140.3 million raised in 2012, its all courtesy of facial fuzz sprouted in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
Movember is a global phenomenon ranked in the top 100 best non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the world by the Global Journal based on three key main criteria: impact, innovation and sustainability. To put that in context, there are an estimated 5 million NGOs around the world. Whats On looks at whether it could happen in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Mo-bros?
Today, only hipsters and women who have given up wear moustaches. The lip hair has become a laughable fashion statement; however, the Brillo Pad lip has a long and storied past dating back to prehistoric times. With moustaches and beards in abundance in on the streets of Kyiv and a long proud history of sporting facial hair, we say why not?
Lets start with Ukrainian Cossacks. One thing that comes to mind concerning Cossack style is the moustache, which was symbol of courage and masculinity. For some clans and groups it was considered an integral part of national and cultural costume: hence 90% of depictions of Cossack men have them proudly displaying one.
Move forward to the 21st century and lets consider the Ukrainian hipster who has brought facial hair into the mainstream. Where facial hair was once a rarity in conformist Ukrainian society it seems every second guy, especially in the capital, has ditched the razor. While beards are slightly more de riguer, theres a fair few mos in the mix as well.
There is a catch; the spirit of Movember is self-mocking and irreverent...and as men around the world let their upper lips go furry, enduring stares, ridicule and the ire of mates, its only for a month. But not all moustaches are scraggily paedophile alarms.
Its hard to argue with the fascinating cookie duster of New York-based Ukrainian and Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hütz, who provides a compelling argument for moustaches in Ukraine especially. There is a saying that a man without a moustache is like a woman with one. I strongly stand behind that theory.
Perhaps inspired by Hütz, Kyiv businesses like Firm Barbershop are taking baby steps in trying to drum up support of Movember in Ukraine. As the phenomenon is largely unknown to Ukrainians, their help is more than welcomed. While they are forgoing the traditional month-long celebration, Firm barbershop is planning a party on 15 November starting at 19.00, in a bid to get the Movember ball rolling. This will be the second year in a row the company has lent earnest support to Movember. The party is aimed at telling people what Movember is as well as gathering some funds for moves towards formalising Movember in Ukraine including the launch of a website with useful information, like where men can have their prostates checked and why should they do it. The event will be held in conjunction with up-and-coming Kyiv brand Syndicate Clothing which will provide some goods for auction. The entrance is invites only, but you can get in on the action simply by calling the barbershop to register.

Movember Party
Firm Barbershop (Mykhalivskiy Provulok 9b)
15 November at 19.00
Tickets: free (call to register)
097-900-2101

by Olga German and Jared Morgan

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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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