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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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Ukraine Travel

Lviv

You mean you havent been to Lviv yet? Its one of Ukraines true wonders, and a mixture of cultures: a Ukrainian city that used to be Polish and before that was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its a little piece of Prague or Vienna at the edge of the Carpathians and the most indisputably European city in Ukraine. There are literally thousands of interesting places to see in the city that the Austrians call Lemberg. The historic centre has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1998, and it ought to be, as its so charming and beautiful.


Though World War II and Soviet ethnic cleansing destroyed a lot of the citys cultural richness, you can still find traces of the citys Jewish and Armenian, as well as Austrian and Polish, communities. What you do in Lviv is the following. First of all, you take the overnight train from Kyiv, arriving in the early morning. In the plaza outside the train station you hop the #1 tram all the way downtown (its a picturesque 15-minute ride) and check into a serviceable hotel like the George or the Dniester if, that is, you havent picked up an apartment rental from a tout as you get off the train. Then you spend the weekend just strolling, ducking into one of the many Viennese-style cafes and coffeeshops on the citys fairytale streets and lanes. One Whats On favourite is the Viennese Café, centrally located on Shevchenko Square. Then come back to Kyiv refreshed, feeling like youve just spent a weekend in a charming, if slightly run-down, corner of Europe.

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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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