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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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 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.


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.


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.


Take me out!

A Lovely Evening Out

Ramada Encore (Stolychne Shose 103)
The specials at Ramada Encore’s DK restaurant for 14 February are, naturally, made with love. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart in an unforgettable atmosphere dining on a five course avant-garde meal, featuring the finest dishes including Black Angus beef, sea bass, ahi tuna, foie gras and tiger prawns.

You’ll get free dark Belgian chocolates, petit fours with the finest coffee, a special take away gift from our chef and a rose for the lady – all of this for only 499hrv per person. In addition, the hotel offers its Keep Calm and Make Love package for 899hrv, which includes superior accommodation for one night, a room decorated with Rose petals, champagne breakfast served in the room for two people, and champagne and chocolates available in the room.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil (Bratska 17-19)
Love is in the air according to the Radisson Blu Hotel set in the heart of Kyiv’s Podil region. Book any upper class room and get a voucher for 600hrv to spend at their fabulous Starokievsky restaurant and lounge with its first class international and Ukrainian cuisine. Beautiful, fragrant fresh flowers, candles, lounge music and a special Romantic Menu created by the hotel’s executive chef Tatiana Vorobey includes exciting dishes that will inspire the most romantic mood in both you and your sweetheart. Enjoy a juicy roast duck fillet with asparagus, broccoli and carrot puree or try our delicately flavoured warm salad with bacon wrapped scallops served with green mixed salad, cherry tomatoes and truffle dressing. Pamper your soulmate with an unusual dessert such as the tender pistachio sponge with white chocolate mousse. This special offer is valid from 14 until 16 February – so what are you waiting for?

Holiday Inn Kiev (Chervonoarmiis’ka 100)
The recently opened Holiday Inn Kiev couldn’t miss the opportunity to inject a little romance into its celebration of St Valentine’s Day for guests. The hotel’s restaurant The Towers will offer lovers a special romantic dinner menu for only 500hrv per couple. Those who take up this offer will get an exceptional rate for a romantic stay in the hotel. The offer is available from 14 until 16 February so be quick.

Looking for something a little easier on the pocket? Why not visit
Park of Kyiv in Miniature in Hydropark
Ice Rink under the Arch of Friendship
Peizazhna Alley near Museum of History

by Lana Nicole and Vadym Mishkoriz

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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.


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