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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 40 (2009)|
30 October - 5 November
Call the COPS!
Ukraine Fashion Week is over, and the What’s On fashion police were there
Take me out!
Castaway in Kyiv
On the Sofa with...
|Ukraine’s Version of Fasion Week - Kyiv Culture|
I have to say, I really don’t like foreigners here in Ukraine on a more or less permanent basis – which I might add is completely by choice – whose chit chat about this country – a place that has accepted them and puts food on their table – is quite often derogatory and negative. It is something, however, I have come to expect. What I wasn’t expecting was the little adventure I had over the last six days of which Ukraine Fashion Week was held. It was, quite simply, beyond comparison to anything I have ever experienced before.
God only knows what I would have said or how shocked I’d have been had I been a foreign journalist on business writing about the ‘organisation’ over these last days. But before I get too ahead of myself, perhaps I’ll start at the beginning…
|The Battle for Lviv 1 November 1918 – 30 May 1919 - Ukraine History|
Captured and then recaptured many times over, Lviv has been the unfortunate site of many battles and sieges becoming a part of numerous different states and empires. Poland, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Austrian and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire as well as the Soviet UNI0N have all made quite successful attempts at her capture. But there is one that stands out; one that, to succeed, required sovereignty and so struggling to remain the West Ukrainian People’s Republic, the Battle of Lviv was fought for six long months.
With archaeological evidence supporting the possibility that the area of Lviv had been occupied since as early as 5th century AD, the city itself was founded in 1256 by King Danylo of the Ruthenian Duchy of Galicia-Volhynia (a principality of post-Kievan Rus) who named it after his son, Lev.
|The More the Merrier in The Communal Apartment - Take me out!|
A neighbour is spying on the girl next door taking a bath. The girl cries, “What do you think you are you doing! Have you never seen a naked body before…?!” The neighbour answers, “That is not what I’m interested in: I want to see how much soap you take.”
This, of course, is a joke, but as another Ukrainian turn of phrase also points out: every joke has an inch of truth and this little anecdote depicts pretty plainly the Soviet style of life before we got a little peek behind that Iron Curtain.
|Saw VI - Kyiv Kino|
Directed by Kevin Greutert
Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller USA 2009
Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell
Ever since 2004, when horror fans started buzzing over an unidentified severed leg, Saw-mania has truly taken over. Each October has become not only the horror-fan utopia of Halloween, but also marks the next chapter in the Saw series. There was even a Saw convention in New York last year to celebrate the franchise.
|Michael Jackson’s, This Is It - Kyiv Kino|
28 October – 11 November
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Documentary, USA 2009
Starring Michael Jackson, Nick Bass, Mekia Cox
‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’ will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena.
|What’s On: Read All Over the World (#40) - Competitions|
The heiroglyphic version of What’s On was very popular in ancient Egypt – the pharoahs where always interested in what was going on in Kyiv, Pharoah Amenhotep III was one of our most avid readers, as can be seen in this photo sent to us by Olga Rayevska in front of the two massive stone statues of him known as the Colossi of Memnon.
Every month we will be giving away a pair of tickets to any scheduled Ukraine International Airlines destination absolutely free!
|Castaway in Kyiv (#40) - Castaway in Kyiv|
Walking down Volodymyrsky Spusk into Podil this past Saturday – heading to one of my favourite little hideaways in the city – I was struck.
Not by the bikes typically running rampant down that hill, trying to make the time trials they set for themselves; to see if today, just maybe, the chance to enter the I’ll-let-physics-takeover-downhill event – a competition I’m sure we’ll be seeing shortly on the sports’ program at the Olympics next year – will present itself. And not either by the deafness I typically encounter as the cars do their best to outrace each other travelling up and down the cobblestone. But rather, I was struck by a view that, despite autumn finding its solstice, making breathing just a little more laboured these days, quite literally took my breath away. And regardless of the threats that continued to ensue around me, I stopped to admire the beauty.
|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.