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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 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.

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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

The New Face of Ukrainian Fashion

“If you’re not a journalist, you’ll never be a good TV host,” says Daria Shapovalova, who’s just launched her own TV programme, ‘Fashion Week with Daria Shapovalova.’ The Shevchenko University journalism student seems poised to become the new trend-setter in Ukrainian fashion.


Fashion had always interested Daria, but she’d never thought of hosting a programme about it until recently. Like many students at Shevchenko’s Journalism Institute, she worked as a journalist – at Kommersant and at the TRK Kyiv TV channel - in between her studies. Covering last year’s Ukrainian Fashion Week for Kyiv TV channel led her to a bright idea: creating a show devoted to the fashion industry. “I wasn’t obsessed with becoming a TV host by any means, but I’ve always been interested in fashion, and sooner or later it would have shown up,” she says. Daria decided to put together a concept for the show and went directly to her boss at Kiev TV, who liked the idea, seeing that it would add another perspective to the station’s coverage of the capital’s cultural life. Daria’s show began airing in late October.

 There are already a number of programmes on TV covering Kyiv’s social and celebrity life, but Daria’s isn’t one of them. Rather, it’s focused expressly on fashion, which means that it has only a couple of competitors. Not that Daria would mind if there were even more. “I wouldn’t consider that to be bad. All the fashion shows are shown at different times of day, and I like to switch around them and watch them all, comparing their quality and the topics they raise,” the young TV host says. ‘Fashion Week with Daria Shapovalova’ currently runs for 20 minutes per episode, which is enough for the host to get across important facts about the fashion industry each week – she doesn’t want too much air time, as then she might have to fill it with sub-

 Dasha decided to put together a concept for the show and went directly to her boss at Kyiv TV, who liked the idea

 par material. Recently a number of collections of cloth arrived in Kyiv – an important little development for local fashion designers, and a natural topic for the show. In her quest to see Ukraine’s fashion industry in all its detail, Daria has already found herself travelling to foreign fashion shows and fashion weeks. “Unfortunately,” she says, “you’ll rarely see a Ukrainian designer showing in London, for example. But Lilia Poustovit did show just this week in London, and of course we’re going to cover that event, which is great.” The budding fashion-industry kingpin believes she’s still in that stage of her career when she’s got to learn as much as possible, so she’s a voracious consumer of everything that relates to fashion and the industry around it. Unfortunately, she laughs, that means in practice that she spends a lot of time leafing through glossy magazines. “That’s not a great thing, but it’s the truth,” she says. “Mass media does tend to replace books.”

 At present the programme is broken down into seven areas of interest, each dedicated to a certain aspect of the fashion industry. She considers the most innovative part of the programme to be the ‘Ten Years Later’ segment, in which she examines the history of Ukrainian fashion since the country gained independence. “I think the concept of the programme will change a bit, though, since ‘Ten Years Later’ will end in January. So we’ll have to think of something new,” Shapovalova says. Always the optimist, Shapovalova believes the programme will take off in the near future and just get better and better. Still, there will be adventures along the way. “Let’s see what will happen,” she says. “Life is so unpredictable.”

Anastasiya Skorina


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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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