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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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Editorial

From The Editor (4)

I had an electronic discussion with a fellow colleague in the world of journalism this week, who had picked up Whats On in the early days of the revolution, and was surprised to see that it had become so political. Its true, Whats On has taken a stance in light of recent events here in Kyiv and across Ukraine, despite our mandate as an inherently entertainment-based magazine to, well, entertain an English-speaking readership.

As a publication that has been producing quality material in this town for more than 16 years, we have seen it as our responsibility to comment on that which happens in this country, political or otherwise. What is going on at the moment is changing people, changing lives, and that can only have an effect on the country as a whole and how it evolves going forward. To ignore the revolution, to ignore EuroMaidan, would be an insult to those living here, whether you agree with its policy or not. And there are a few of you.
In fact, I know there are many in Kyiv who have hated to see their city in disarray throughout these past two-and-a-half months. I know there are many who have refused to go to Maidan Nezalezhnosti the centre of the countrys uprising out of fear, or ignorance, or both. I know there are many who were happy with the status quo those who did their job and got paid and life was, if not good, then at least predictable, and that was enough.
While I respect each and every persons right to their own opinion, I speak from experience when I say that the fight taking place on Maidan is most certainly for the greater good. It is to hopefully, and finally, instil a government that will take into account the people they are meant serve, the principles they are meant to keep, and the rule of law they are meant to follow.
It is not a platform for those to grandstand. Nor is it a place to make money (for that you go up to Mariinsky Park where you might get what you were promised, or you might get beat up for questioning why you havent). It is a place where history is being made.
To those people who dont understand EuroMaidan, to those who dont want to understand its principles, to those who would rather see their city dressed up to the nines rather than decked out with people from all corners of the country fighting for a better future in whichever direction that future may lead, we here at Whats On respect your opinion. And we hope youll respect ours in continuing to write about that which is right, that which is just, that which is a little more political than usual.
Whats On is all about helping this country write its own future, one page at a time.

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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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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