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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 Travel

Chill Out Ukraine-style

Christmas/New Year New Year/Christmas Christmas/New Year/Christmas Take your pick and then take a break!
The celebrations in Ukraine are extensive, but few are so enjoyed as the night we all ring in the New Year. While expats and foreigners tend to break a little earlier than locals, the same great holiday options are available to all, so whether youve got time for one, two or all three holidays, make sure to make the time to include these fabulous Ukrainian getaways into your plans this year!

Rixos Prykarpattya 
Horodyshche 8, Truskavets, 38-032-477-1111  
While people have been using the miraculous Truskavets water as far back as the 16th century, the famous balneology health resort has been operating since the early 19th century, and is known today as one of the oldest and most popular in all of Ukraine. In addition to the water, Truskavets is located in a picturesque valley at the bottom of the Carpathians so cool mountain air as well as its incredible panoramas are enough to bring about a peace of mind to all exhausted city-inhabitants. The hideaway located there is the Rixos Prykarpattya and is a new high class resort offering diagnostic medical treatment as well as spa options such as Turkish and Roman baths, a Finnish sauna, stone and thalassic therapies and much much more. Their Maximus Restaurant has a menu that offers a variety of options whether youre looking to lose a few pounds or (more likely over the holiday period) gain a few, their New Year celebration is promising a lot of fun which will bring in top Ukrainian and Russian performers like Anzhelika Varum and Leonid Agutin, B-2 band and TIK, and if youve got children, theyre going to be in good hands as the kids are very important part of any celebration here!
Double Room 1,665hrv/night

Donbass Palace 
Artema 80, Donetsk, 38-062-343-4333
The pride of Donbass is its new arena, and as the Donbass Palace is just as grand, the holiday season is the best time to take a trip out east. Its convenient location in the city centre allows visitors easy access to entertainment opportunities such as the drama theatre and the opera house, as well as some of the best shopping around. But its the hotel itself, which combines classical elegance and modern splendour, which will make this New Year especially memorable. Start with a dip in the pool, move onto the traditional Turkish hammam, and finish off with a massage, facial, or cosmetic service in the beautifully decorated Diva Spa. A meal at the sophisticated and elegant LOpera takes you out of the everyday and transports you to somewhere in France in the 17th century, making it the perfect place to celebrate the years end. Or take part in the Glamorous Ukraine gala where a dress code of glamorous traditional Ukrainian costumes, live performances by Natalya Valevska and her show ballet, karaoke contests, traditional Ukrainian fortune telling and delicious Ukrainian dishes will all be on the menu. 
New Years Glamorous Ukraine Gala 3300hrv/person
Standard Twin 325euros/night

London Hotel 
Uspenska 95, Odesa, 38-048-784-0898
Odesa is famous for being one of the best entertainment ports in the country; and not just because of its location on the Black Sea. In addition to all of the amusements you can handle, there is a vast array of hotels to suit any fancy. There are a couple, however, that stand apart from the rest, one of them being the great London Hotel. Standing as tall as the royal palace in Great Britain, with a copy of Big Ben just out front, you will find little within the city itself that beats it in terms of grandeur. Its stateliness is only enhanced with the presence of their porters who are dressed as beefeaters, and welcoming you to this little piece of London, you almost feel as though you have indeed left Ukraine! Among the many great attributes of this majestic venue, its regard for the environment and health of its guests is one that stands out, and to this end they have installed modern water purification systems in each room which allow guests to access chlorine-free H2O. Each room too has been designed to include only ecologically clean natural materials such as mahogany, marble and leather. And if that werent enough, the staff are some of the friendliest around and will provide you with theatre/concert tickets, advice on where to spend your time and directions to only the best nightclubs in town. Thinking Odesa sounds like the perfect place to spend the holidays? Then book now and treat yourself to a fairytale Christmas with discounts of up to 20% on all rooms starting 25 December. 
Standard Double 1595hrv/night

Senators Park
Kyiv region, 38-098-339-9979
While business may require you to stay close to the capital, that doesnt mean you arent entitled to a rest over the holiday. So to help with this rather pressing dilemma, we here at Whats On may have come up with a solution: Senators Park. Accommodating all of its guests in American-style, this venue has dressed up its Rancho Wild West restaurant complex with hints of winter, and with traditional American dishes served up with service, youll be back again and again! Once your hunger has been satisfied, check out their newly opened night club where an eccentric UNI0N of aristocracy meets fashion of the 21st century. And over the New Year holiday, all this and more will be available as a Wild West party will overtake the restaurant with prizes such as a free stay at Senator Park - going to the best Wild West costume, free karaoke in the bar and music going well on into the morning. Even your room will be festively decorated with trees and a sweet surprise delivered to all before midnight! Those who have partied hearty will enjoy the peace and quiet offered the next morning, and with the picturesque Blue Lake so close by, you might even feel like going for a dip to shake out of your stupor!
Double room 800hrv/night  

Oreanda Hotel 
Lenina 35/2, Yalta, Crimea, 38-065-427-4274
Whoever said Yalta was dead in the winter was wrong! All you have to do is spend one night at the Oreanda to know that! While there may be a few less people, whats great about this time of year is that there are no crowds and no horrible beach vendors spoiling the beauty that is the Crimean Mountains, and included in the room rate is the incredible view you get right from your balcony overlooking the Black Sea. Having opened its doors in 1907, the Oreanda Hotel has become a Ukrainian landmark offering excellent entertainment and service options. Enjoy bowling, billiards, theatre and the fabulous Riviera Night Club. Or pump some iron in the fitness centre and then let your muscles relax in the heated indoor swimming pool which boasts real sea water! Come the afternoon, head out to the shops as downtown Yalta offers some very trendy boutiques. Combining the best from carnivals in Rio, Tenerife, and Venice, that magical atmosphere will come alive for New Years in the Oreanda, where prizes for the best fairytale costume will be given out, a king and queen will be crowned, and dancing, fireworks and fun will rule! Especially since the programme includes British cover band ABBA Gold!
Double Classic Room 1260hrv/night

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    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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