|On the cover|
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 30|
11 August - 31 AugustYOUNG UKRAINE!
The Nation Prepares to Celebrate Fifteen Years of Independence
Whats on Promotion
Going Out Review
Going Out Chef’s Corner
Just a Minute
|Ukraine’s Barbie Beauty - My Kyiv|
Having been named amongst the top twenty in this year’s Miss Universe contest in Los Angeles, Inna Tsymbaliuk returned to Ukraine with the nickname of Barbie, worldwide exposure, and the admiration of that well known connoisseur of Slavic womanhood Donald Trump. A triumph all round then, as Inna relates to What’s On.
|International wakeboarding contest ‘Ukrainian Open 2006’ - Kyiv sports|
While holidaymakers on the Red Sea are happy to hang on and stay upright, professional wakeboarders are an altogether more daring breed, living for the opportunity to impress spectators with their flashy death-defying stunts and then boring them to tears with incomprehensible talk about them afterwards.
|Sensational Soviet Palace - Kyiv Landmarks|
There are many wonderful examples of Soviet imperial architecture in the Ukrainian capital, but few spots have as many to offer as the National Exhibition Centre!
|World’s First Cosmonaut - Retrospective|
Few men have taken more of a risk than the first human ever to experience space travel, which at the time basically involved sitting on top of a giant rocket and hoping for the best. What’s On looks back at the legend that was Yuri Gagarin, the world’s first ever spaceman!
|Splendid Sofievsky Park - Day tripper|
Kyiv may well be the greenest capital in Europe but nevertheless there are parks outside of town just as impressive. The most prominent is Sofievsky, located in the town of Uman.
|Securing Indian Interests - Diplomatic Service|
Over the last few years India’s profile in Ukraine has risen and risen. The subcontinent infiltrates the lives of locals in many spheres, from the popularity of Bollywood films which are being shown with increasing frequency on Ukrainian television, to the economy, with Mittal Steel famously winning the auction for Kryvorshtal, the first major privatisation to take place in Orange Ukraine. With Indian Independence Day taking place 15 August, Milan Patel caught up with His Excellency Debabrata Saha, India’s gregarious and thoughtful ambassador.
|Holiday Fifteen Years of Independence - This month|
Holiday Fifteen Years of Independence
Ukrainian Independence Day, events across town, 24 August
Though many Kyivites will celebrate fifteen years of independence in the time honoured fashion of hitting Khrescahatyk and raising a glass or ten to the nations health there are still plenty of other things to do around town on this special day. President Yuschenko, admittedly not the most popular politician at present, will address the crowds on Maidan while those worried about the state of Ukraine’s soul can visit the prayer services which will be held in St. Sophia.
|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.