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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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.
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.
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.
|What's On Archive ¹ 13 (2008)|
11 April - 17 April
Anyone for Tennis?
A What’s On guide to where to play tennis in Kyiv
Take me out!
On the Sofa with...
|From THE EDITOR (?13) - Editorial|
You know, while I've travelled a lot, I've never been an ex-pat before. Not until coming to the glorious Kyiv that is, and I have to say, life as an ex-pat here is good! This is such a great town with so much to see and do, the local people are fantastic, and so many of the international community are very good people who make you feel welcome and loved, and, taking the Lions as a prime example, go out of their way to help those less fortunate. Where would we be without the Pauls and Kens, the Stuarts and Roberts, the Desmonds and Peters? Life would have a lot less colour, that's for sure. As with everything in life, however, there is always a downside, and the downside to living life as an ex-pat is that you meet people you become very good friends with, and then they announce one day they're leaving! A while ago, at the EBA Greek night, Mark Wright introduced me to that flamboyant character with the tongue-twisting name, Antonius Papaspiropoulos, who'd breezed into town as the PR guru for Shell. He invited me to lunch at the Hyatt where we ended up spending most of the afternoon chatting and sipping cognac. From that afternoon on we became firm friends, helping found the Kyiv Writers' Club along with Alex Frishburg, Renato Marques and Andrei Kurkov, and spending many an evening drinking beer together far later than we should. And you know what? Last week he announces he's leaving! Going to Australia! What's that about? Luckily, for those who know him, he's going to be around for another month or so, so you have plenty of time to catch up with him before he heads off. On a similar note, our insightful journalist Anastasiya Skorina (creator of those superlative Love Lines), is also leaving, but only What's On. It is a sad day indeed now that we have no more pearls of wisdom to look forward to every week in her column. Luckily, she is only leaving the magazine, and not the country so, while we will all miss her interesting features and comments on love, she will still be around signing autographs for her fans and enjoying life in this wonderful city! Farewell Nastya and (in a month or so) Antonius! You will both be sorely missed!
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Bush, Putin, Sochi, and Ukraine - Whats Up?|
One thing is for certain after last weekend’s U.S.−Russia summit in the southern Russian resort town of Sochi: George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin do like each other personally. In some of the wire−service press photos that emerged from Sochi, the typically cold−looking Putin – he resembles an otter in a serious mood – is positively cracking up with laughter.
|Yulia Convenes Euro 2012 Group - Whats Up?|
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, everybody’s favourite chop−busting local politician, last week convened a meeting of investors who are in a position to do something about getting Ukraine ready for the EURO 2012 football tournament. Readers are aware that Ukraine is to host the prestigious tourney in partnership with Poland, but has done little to prepare for it so far. Some 120 representatives of companies and funds, as well as 18 people associated with Western embassies, were invited to the meeting. Tymoshenko announced to them that, if Ukraine wanted to host the tournament, it had to complete a huge amount of infrastructural work first – including making sure the nation’s roads are of European quality. Apparently Yevhen Chervonenko, the Yushchenko friend who’s been in charge of the nation’s EURO 2012 preparation and has almost nothing to show for a year’s work, did not sit at the front of the room with Yulia and her team. It’s a good sign that Tymoshenko is taking EURO 2012 preparations under her wing. But is it already too late? Rumour has it that Ukraine has all but lost the tournament and that Poland will host it with Germany instead. An announcement from UEFA, this rumour has it, is pending.
|Region Land Values Spike - Whats Up?|
The land boom continues in the booming world that is greater Kyiv. Last week it was reported that the price of a plot of land of the sort that middleand upper−class Ukrainians are building houses on outside the city rose by 4.96% in the first three months of this year. And to think there have been skeptics who have been claiming that the capital region’s tremendous land boom was ending. Kyiv region land now costs $6155 per sotka, or 10−by−10 metre plot.
|Budget Airlines Want Into Ukraine - Whats Up?|
The low−cost airlines that have revolutionised air travel in Europe could be coming to this country, reports in the media suggested last week. That’s right: Ukrainians could soon be making like their westerly brethren and (visa issues notwithstanding) hopping into RyanAir, WizzAir, CarpatAir, or other low−cost planes and zipping around the continent for fun and profit. Who says Ukraine isn’t becoming Western?
|Defending the Arsenal Talking to Kyiv Football Star Sendley Bito - My Kyiv|
Sendley, the Dutch representative on the Kyiv Arsenal football team, spoke to What’s On’s Cosmos Okigbo Ojukwu about his love for Kyiv, his career, and his plans for the future.
So, Sendley, what is it that you like about Kyiv?
Kyiv is the image of a big European capital. It has a mixture of people from different parts of the world. I’m from the Netherlands, from Amsterdam. Kyiv is some four or five times bigger than Amsterdam. The landscape of the city is so amazing. The city centre of Kyiv is the place I like most, especially around Shota Rustaveli, near where Olympic Stadium is situated. That area’s of great interest and importance to me because, as you know, I’m a football player. Whenever I’m around that area I see the stadium and it reminds me why I’m in Kyiv. It gives me a special sense of joy and a sense of belonging.
|Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven from the Death Valley Screamers! - This Week|
Death Valley Screamers in concert, 44 Art Club (44 Kreschatyk), 12 April at 22.00
When musicians from different countries and cultures get together and put their creative energies into a new project, the result can be powerful. Well, this one is at least. Formed in January 2005, the Death Valley Screamers consists of three Ukrainian musicians, Bohdan, Vladimir, and Serhiy (Lazy Town), and two British, Mick and Sean. Playing a mix of some classic rock ‘n’ roll anthems and their own tunes, they crank out good old−fashioned hard rock of the sort that appeals to bikers and sounds a bit like AC/DC, Motorhead, and the like. Admission is 50 hrv. For more information call 279−4137.
|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|
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.