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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.


What's On Archive 44 (2009)

44 (2009)/2009
27 November - 3 December
Start Wearing Purple!
The Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello are coming!

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Kyiv Hit by Gogol Bordello - Kyiv Culture
Whatever is going on in Ukraine at the moment, Im more than happy to be here, and now especially because in less than one week, one of the most wildly exuberant, frenetically talented multi-ethnic groups, anywhere in the world will be right here in Kyiv headlining BalkanFest. They are one of the best contemporary punk-rock, Gypsy-folk bands around and in making their music massively addictive, the zeal with which this group plays, gets my blood pumping. I think they are great they are Gogol Bordello.


Top Restaurateur & Friend to the Stars! - My Kyiv
Ciro is a man whos brought one of the best additions in many a year to the Kyiv restaurant scene with his eponymous Pomodoro; a place that serves up excellent Italian cuisine in a fun and lively atmosphere with live music every night.
One look at the walls of the place, which are covered top to bottom in photos of Ciro with just about every megastar you could ever think of, will tell you that this man is an interesting one. Covered from top to bottom in tattoos and overloaded with gothic-looking jewellery, one look at the man himself tells you the same thing. Lets find out


In Fiesta Buen Provecho! - Take me out!
Picture this: Youre sitting in Madrids La Puerta del Sol, a Cordoba gently resting on your head shielding you from the hot Spanish sun, and a glass of Sangria quenching your thirst. Or perhaps your dreamy destination is Cabo San Lucas, where a bright sombrero and a Margarita just fuel the need to fiesta! All colours of the rainbow, delicious drinks and spicy cuisine are wonderful elements to both of these desirable destinations!


Coming to Grips With AIDS in Ukraine - Special Feature
The HIV/AIDS epidemic rages in Ukraine like it does in few other places on the planet. And even as the rate of those infected continues to rise at a frighteningly fast pace, government and civil society alike have been slow in coming to terms with just how to handle it. The result? The endangerment of a new generation; the reality of which, Ukraine, as a nation, has yet to face. With International AIDS Day fast approaching, Whats On decided to investigate the bigger crisis, close-up.
Statistics concerning HIV/AIDS in Ukraine is telling: in 1997, 11% of infections were through sexual contact, in 2009, the rate has far surpassed 45%. Women in their reproductive years seem to be most susceptible accounting for 39% of those infected while a whopping 60% are between the ages of 20-34!


Planet 51 - Kyiv Kino
Directed by Jorge Blanco
Animation, Family USA 2009
Voices of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long
American astronaut Captain Charles Chuck Baker lands on Planet 51 thinking hes the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is already inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white-picket-fence little world.


The Young Victoria - Kyiv Kino
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Drama, History, Romance UK 2009
Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson
The Young Victoria is a 2009 British costume drama based on the young life of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It is a romantic dramatisation of some of the events preceding and following her coronation and focusing on her early reign and romance with Prince Albert in the 1830s. Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson, and Jim Broadbent, it has been produced by Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Sarah - Duchess of York, and Tim Headington.


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#44) - Competitions
Thats Larisa Enikeeva and Pedro Anderson at the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow Poland. Apparently, people have been living on Wawel hill for 50,000 years, and thats a long time. And even way back then they liked to read our magazine so they could keep up to date with everything going on in Kyiv!
Every month we will be giving away a pair of tickets to any scheduled Ukraine International Airlines destination absolutely free! And this excellent photo from Larisa and Pedro is now in the running. But do you think you can do better?
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize is to send us a photograph of you or a friend reading Whats On next to a globally recognised landmark and email it to editor@whatson-kiev.com. Before you know it you could be jetting off to London or Paris, Rome or Madrid courtesy of Ukraines favourite airline and Whats On!


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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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