|On the cover|
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.
|Take me out!|
|Love is in the air – or is that tyre smoke? Either way, St Valentine’s Day is coming, and fast to the Ukrainian capital, and What’s On has got a list of sweet treats you’re significant other is going to love. Of course, you could just ignore this over-commercialised excuse to tell that special someone you love them. But with so many tasty treats on offer, why would you want to?
Caramel (Vozdvyzhenska 5-7)
Chocolate may be a little too cliché for some on St Valentine’s Day, and for those there is Caramel Confectionary Boutique. This beautiful, little, newly-opened boutique in the heart of Old Kyiv specialises in cakes, which will be baked to order should you wish. Using primarily almond and hazelnut flour in their creations, the delectable results are always light and airy, and low in calories and fat – which the lady in your life is sure to appreciate. Don’t want to go the whole hog? Opt for tarts, cupcakes, brownies or macaroons, all at very reasonable prices.
Roshen (main store: Khreshchatyk 29/1)
Roshen is one of Ukraine’s, and quite frankly the world’s, most loved chocolate and candy shop, currently holding 18th place in the Candy Industry Top 100 world rating. With 200 kinds of quality confections, such as chocolate, caramel, biscuits, wafers, sponge cakes, Swiss rolls and cakes, they go through a total volume of 450,000 tonnes of the sweet stuff per year! Don’t think that that means this Ukrainian owned and operated business skimps on quality however – their modern equipment, strict adherence to production technologies, and use of high-quality raw materials guarantee delicious options with which to spoil your sweetheart.
Lviv Handmade Chocolate (Andriivskiy Uzviz 2b, Blvd Shevchenko 36)
The Lviv Chocolate Shop is one of the best additions to Kyiv in recent years, making quality chocolate and chocolate products to enjoy in-house or take home. From ganache to marzipan and everything in between, the selection here is unbeatable (from 5hrv/piece), and includes a few adult-rated options as well, such as a chocolate Kama Sutra (81hrv). Buy a box and fill it with your favourites of go for the pre-packaged selection (from 54hrv) – either way, you’re sure to be in the good books with whoever is on the receiving end. Those who like to get in there and get their hands dirty might enjoy getting in on a chocolate workshop, where you can let your creative juices flow. Just call and book ahead (minimum five people).
Chocolino (Internet shop)
Those looking for something really special might want to try haute couture chocolate shop – Chocolino. This online option feature all manner of figurines of the sweet stuff, including dragons, frogs, sports cars, angels, grenades, and teapots. Prices start from 5hrv and keep on going depending on what kind of message you want to send. They also do boxes and baskets especially for Valentine’s Day, removing the possibility of making the “wrong” choice.
Gourmandine Chocolate & Gifts (Domosfera, Ocean Plaza)
This is one of those boutiques for the most particular of chocolate lovers, offering beautifully packaged options of all types of chocolate. With pre-packaged options such as Delight, Luxury, and Fancy, exquisite flavours of milk, white and dark chocolate wrap all manner of nut, nougat, marshmallow, rice crisp, coffee bean and more. Here, you will also find a variety of unique gifts to include with your tasty treat, ranging form candles to glass vases and more. Prices here tend to be on the upper end of that which is on offer in other venues in Kyiv, however, so make sure you’ve got a full wallet when heading up to the counter.
Mug O’ Love
Of course, there is always that one who forgets about 14 February altogether. And for you poor (stupid) souls, may we offer something that can be wrangled up in a jiffy, while making you come off looking “the man”. It’s the five-minute chocolate mug cake, and, to be honest, it’s pretty darn good any day of the year.
Grab her (or his) favourite mug.
4 tablespoons of flour
4 tablespoons of sugar
1 heaper of a tablespoon of cocoa
3 tablespoons of milk
3 tablespoons of oil
2 tablespoons of whisked egg
dash of vanilla, or peppermint, or cinnamon
Mix it up nice and good, throw in a few chocolate chips – as many as you want, and then stick the mug in the microwave for three minutes (1000w oven) or four minutes (700w oven).
Serve with a kiss and you’re back in the good books no question.
by Lana Nicole and Vadym Mishkoriz
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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.