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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 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.


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.


Ukraine Abroad

A Little R n R with the Stars

Heading out on our long-awaited vacations, the bunch of us here at Whats On thought it might be interesting to find out what a few of our local celebrities were up to this summer.
About a year ago all that seemed to be on the lips of the star-struck elite were far off places like Maldives or Bali. But the oft-uttered crisis word has meant that many of us have had to readjust some of our spending habits and so with that in mind, we wondered if those who have a little bit more cash than the rest of us too, have had to curb the monetary flow.

It seems that that may just be the case because today, most people are flocking to Turkey and Egypt. And while they all tell us its because of the culture and historical intrigue these different states offer, perhaps well leave it up to you to decide whos still the prince and whos become the pauper.

Yana Klochkova
Olympic Gold Medal Winner
When I was serious into sports, I was completely deprived of any kind of vacation. Now that Ive hung up my swim cap, Im trying to make up for lost time. Ive already been to Shatsky Lake as well as Turkey this summer and Im heading to Italy in a week to host a television programme produced by Novy Channel. Typically I spend two or three thousand dollars on a trip and I book ahead its the only way I see to making a trip successful, otherwise you run the risk of unexpected problems. But this year, regardless of the crisis, Im ready to spend a fortune, so Im really hoping it will be interesting. And with a bunch of friends by my side theres no way it couldnt be! That said, Im not sure anything could measure up to my most memorable vacation which was back in 2001 where I had an absolutely unforgettable romantic affair in Turkey.

Ukrainian Pop Singer
I keep myself busy with a bunch of work that needs doing in the summer and yet I still find time combine the things I need to do with the things I want to do. Very recently for example, I was in Spain where I was hosting a show that focused on European travel. I had my wife with me as well and while the TV channel paid for my expenses, we had to fork up another $2600 - a fairly substantial sum for only a five-day period. For that amount we probably could have stayed in any up-market hotel in Turkey or Egypt right in high season. But it wasnt so bad being in Madrid; my wife was able to spend a few Euros in the shops while I was working and then we moved onto Valencia together. We cant really say that the crisis has affected our vacation plans very much; its the birth of our little girl whos changed things. Now were simply unable to travel too far and so Turkey or Bodrum especially, sounds pretty good. Hope our little one will be okay on the plane.

Sasha Pedan
TV Host
I often spend my summers working and so while I travel throughout Ukraine and abroad quite a lot on business already Cyprus, Greece and the Crimea, I try to keep August to get away just for me. I dont feel as though the crisis has affected my plans, vice versa in fact; I feel as though I have quite a lot of work these days. And as far as money is concerned, I really dont worry about it; I buy the things I want. That goes for my vacation plans too as I certainly dont like to economise when it comes to my holidays. This year Im still at odds as to where to go. I was thinking about Montenegro or maybe Thailand. Whatever I decide, it will be a fabulous trip.

Andre Tan
Fashion Designer
As a rule, I try to travel somewhere at least twice a year. And because I stay away from these way far off destinations like Maldives or Hawaii, the crisis really hasnt affected me the way it has other celebrities. Not only that, but I never travel to beaches in the summer because they are always overcrowded with tourists. No, I made my travel plans long ago which happen to be in the direction of Munich this year to visit my brother. The city has a lot to offer and Id like to do a lot of sight-seeing. I get a real kick out of going around to the different baroque-style museums and churches and as a designer, I also like to see how people dress. I remember being in London once where I saw a girl walking around with a Chanel purse in her hand and wellies on her feet and then a 100% fashionista in sandals in the winter! Im also planning a trip to the Alps. The mountains there are simply amazing and as its summer, there are hardly any tourists there at all. The best thing about being away however is being able to buy little gifts for my friends. German beer and clocks are on the top of my list.

Band XS
Pop Music Group
Anya: I totally love Europe, especially in the winter and the spring. And especially, when I get the time to shop! But I find that, when it comes to the summer, island living is the way to go and then its the Caribbean islands all the way. Because the best part about going on holiday is being able to choose my swim suit, I stay far away from nudist beaches. How else would I be able to show off my new suit and how good I look in it? And so with regard to this topic, I can say that the crisis certainly hasnt affected where I am going. Have you already guessed? Its the Caribbean! Where I will stay far away from getting myself involved with any summer romances, but will gladly listen to anyone elses story.
Zhenya: I recently took a month and half long vacation and it was amazing! Turkey was my first stop and then Istanbul where there is such an immense historical background. From there I headed on to Montenegro where I relaxed in Budva in a 5star hotel and enjoyed a few nights on a yacht with some friends. But I found that Croatia was in fact the best stop. As it is ranked third by UNESCO as the most beautiful city only after Venice and Amsterdam, Dubrovnik is simply a remarkable place to visit. One of my favourite things to do before my trips is also to get my swimming gear ready and I like to buy them in numerous quantities!
Lera: My last vacation was last October in Tunisia, which tells you how much I work! And while I have been working this summer, sometime this month I would like to be able to get away to an island somewhere where there is no civilisation around at all. Ill switch off my phone, Ill relax and Ill pay little attention to affairs of the heart. I cant really say that the crisis has affected my plans but then I guess I havent made my choice about where to go either. What I do want to find is an abandoned beach where I can just be myself.

Ksenia Karpenko

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    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.

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    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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