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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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Kyiv Culture

An Extraordinary Event for Charity Pig Parade

Pig Parade is an annual charity arts festival organised by Kyiv socialite, restauranteur and wife of star Dynamo player Vladislav Vashchuk, Margarita Sichkar, which raises money for disabled and homeless children through the auction of ceramic pigs illustrated by celebrities. Now in its third year, the idea for the event first came to Margarita after witnessing similar parades abroad such as the International Cow Parade. After a little research she found out that various countries have similar parades which include animals as diverse as bears, camels, kangaroos and many more. Margarita thought the idea would do well in Ukraine and found the choice of subject animal easy as Ukrainians have always had a fascination for the pig.


The pig is the most symbolic of animals for Ukrainians, she explains. Salo is our pride and it is impossible to have it without pigs. In many cultures the pig symbolises wealth and prosperity and the Ukrainian people have always had a deep fascination with the animal.
Margo has developed something of a reputation for her charity work, and the Pig Parade is her most successful project to date. Starting out in 2005, when she did all the work herself, the Pig Parade proved very popular amongst Kyiv celebrities. The pigs we received for auction illustrated the life and nature of the people who donated them, and this is what gives them their value at auction. The value of each individual pig depends on who donates it, the signature and the way it is dressed or painted. In that first year we helped paralysed children by providing them with special beds for swimming pools, she says.
The following year, the Pig Parade had a subheading, Dreams of Childhood, where artists from the Art Blues gallery such as Medvedev, Shereshevsky and many others attempted to illustrate the childhood dreams of celebrities on pigs. This project was a lot of fun and proved very successful. Oleg Blokhin was dreaming to be the driver of a bread truck, Masha Efrosinina wanted to be a figure skater and Assia Akhat dreamed of being a ballerina. The money we raised this time went to building playgrounds for childrens homes, Margo comments.


When auctioned, the pigs can raise substantial sums of money. Margo An Extraordinary Event for Charity Pig Parade says: The price for our pigs at auction start around $700, and the most expensive pig so far has sold for a staggering $50,000. In total we have raised more than $180,000 for underprivileged children.
This year the idea is to create an open air festival where everyone can participate. The pigs, which will eventually be auctioned, can be bought for $2,000 and then the individual can do whatever they want with them to create their own individual art item. All the pigs will take part in the competition and the ten best will be chosen. If collecting your pig proves difficult dont worry, we will bring it to you. Whether your win or not, everyones pig will be shown in Arena Entertainment and all visitors will be able to view your masterpiece for one month, says Margo.
Margo believes that this years event is going to be more massive than the others, and she is ready and willing to involve as many people as possible. To make it all inclusive, there will be special internet voting on the Pig Parade website, and one pig will win the Internet Prize. I have so many ideas! Ive already created images for my friends who will buy the pigs. Some of them dont know what to do when theyve got their pig, but I will help them with ideas. I would love it for everyone sinvolved to be as creative as possible so we can make some true works of art.


Natalia Marianchyk


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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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