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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.


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23 October - 29 October
A Halloween Witch Hunt
Ukraine hides some dark secrets about witches

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From THE EDITOR (39) - Editorial
I was at a party on Saturday evening where the main activity (apart from drinking copious amounts of alcohol) was giant jenga. It was fun, but also interesting, in a passable sort of way, because there were some present who wanted to stack the wooden blocks in a manner other than the correct one. And the rules of the game were adhered to only in the loosest sense, that is to say, if the tower fell over during your turn you lost. Apart from that, anything was allowed including trying to rebalance the tower when it was falling. While I found it all a little frustrating at first, after a while I remembered that the point of the pastime was to have fun, and these detractions from the rules didnt reduce the levels of fun, but actually, when I accepted all that was going on, added to them. There is a saying here: if the answer is no, but you really need it to be yes, you can make it yes.


Celebrating Five Years of Chernovetsky - Whats Up?
On Saturday a crowd of very witty wags held a parade on Kreshchatyk to celebrate the fact that Leonid Chernovetsky has been mayor of this fine city for 5 years. During the parade, organisers, calling themselves New Kyiv, compared the mayor to Leonid Brezhnev saying this was because of the similarity of stupidity in the political lines both followed.
Brezhnev himself was there (or at least a cardboard cut out of the man) accepting congratulations on behalf of Chernovetsky.


Ukraine Draws Greece in World Cup Playoffs - Whats Up?
After a great victory over England followed by a solid 6-0 trouncing of Andorra, Ukraine has drawn Greece in the final playoffs.
Following a good start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with victories over Belarus and Kazakhstan, the road got a little bumpy for a while with a 0-0 draw against Croatia, a 2-1 defeat against England and another draw with Croatia, this time 2-2.  But the lads didnt let their heads go down and a further victory over Kazakhstan and a 5-0 defeat of Andorra followed. But then came a 0-0 draw with Belarus leaving England streaks ahead in first place and the playoffs Ukraines only chance of going to the finals in South Africa.


The Muscles from Brussels Comes toKyiv - Whats Up?
Thats right ladies! If you like a little beef cake, and the ability to act is not something you require from an actor, then youre in for a real treat next week when Jean Claude Van Damme turns up in town to take part in this years Molodist Film Festival. Yes, the man renowned as much for his misplaced arrogance and non-existent acting skills as he is for his rippling biceps, triceps, pectorals and all other things that can ripple will be in town for a few days. So if hes your thang then make sure to take in as many of the movies on show as you can, and you never know, you might bump into him.
As well as Jean, French movie legend Catherine Deneuve will be coming to take part in the festival too, and shes got a reason!


Will the IMF Dish Out Another $3.4 Billion? - Whats Up?
The IMF team headed by Ceyla Pazarbasioglu turned up in Kyiv last week to decide on whether or not to release the next tranche of the loan due in November, and while the government is confidant they will do so, ratings agency Fitch reckons the country is at serious risk of veering off track.
Economy Minister Bohdan Danylyshen said in an interview that he fully expects the release of the next $3.4 billion. This will help sustain the economy and, to a certain extent, help cover the budget deficit, he said. It would be politically right to support the governments measures aimed at stabilising the situation. That would be a very good signal for investors.


Controversy Erupts Around Pioneers Centre - Whats Up?
A criminal investigation surrounding the famous Artek childrens camp in Crimea is expanding at a rapid rate and is now said to include leading members of parliament and a church minister. The camp, which was considered the biggest and best Pioneer camp in the Soviet UNI0N, has allegedly been turned into a centre of paedophile activity.
An investigation began after a mother of two claimed her children had been raped at the camp by their own father, her ex-husband, who also happens to be the editor-in-chief of the Artek magazine.


Forever Young Molodist Festival - Kyiv Culture
Molodist Film Festival Kyiv Cinema (Chervonoarmiyska 19), 24 October 1 November
In 1970 the first Molodist Festival was in Kyiv, and at that time only 30 movies were shown. Now the number of movies has grown to over 300! The festival includes movies shot by students making their first attempts at filmmaking alongside those made by famous global directors. This years festival will open with a movie called Coco Channel and Ihor Stravinskiy. The Secret Story directed by Yan Kunen (worked on 99 Francs and Doberman). Lots of other famous European directors and writers are coming to spend the week doing what they like to do watching and presenting movies.


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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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