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Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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 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.

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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.

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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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What's On Archive ¹ 47 (2009)

¹47 (2009)/2009
18 December - 24 December
Fiery Flamenco
Get hot to trot with a burning performance from the Spanish Suite Theatre


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From THE EDITOR (47) - Editorial
“Doctor Martin, Doctor Martin, Doctor Martin’s boots!” sang (or rather shouted) British alternative comedian Alexei Sayle, which was one of two rather ludicrous singles that made it to the top of the British charts in the 80s. Doc Martin’s, or simply Doc’s as we called them when I was a teenager, were a big part of the scene back then, and the big question then was, how many holes? You see, the number of pairs of lacing holes they had, the higher they were on your leg and the cooler they were. I had 12 hole Doc’s; they were pretty cool, as were the bright yellow laces. I haven’t thought about Doc’s for a long time (probably ‘cause they were largely abandoned when the name became associated with skinheads) but as I was on the metro the other day, I saw a young lady wearing a pair, and when I saw them I didn’t know whether to smile or scream “sacrilege!” You see, they were Doc’s just as I remember them – big black-leather boots coming high up the calf – but gone were those patented air-cushion soles: instead this pair sported high heels! Doc Martin’s with high heels? Who’s ever heard of such a thing?


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Google Announces Ukraine’s Top Searches - Whats Up?
Google published its annual Zeitgeist rankings last week in which it gives every country’s top searches, and Ukraine’s makes for interesting reading. Top searches are a little dull, including pretty much what you might expect with things like ‘download’, ‘photo’, weather’ and ‘games’.
However, things get a little more interesting, when you look at the four most popular subject queries which were – how to kiss, losing weight, quitting smoking and questions on pregnancy. This year Google introduced new ratings that include most searched for event in Ukraine (Eurovision Song Contest) and top celebrity (Alexander Rybak).


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Ukraine Asks IMF for Emergency Loan - Whats Up?
While it may seem that the economy has hit bottom, and there may be some signs of a gradual improvement, the country is a long way from being out of the woods, which is clearly demonstrated by the government asking the IMF for $2 billion in emergency funding to ease “an extremely difficult situation.” Those are certainly worrying words from Deputy Prime Minister, Hryhoriy Nemyria.
“The next three months are crucial,” he went on to say. “Wait and see is not an option.” That may well be the case Mr Nemyria, but the emergency wouldn’t have occurred if you and your colleagues had done what the IMF requested and got the budget under control instead of messing everything up with some blatant attempts to win votes in the upcoming elections.


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Ukraine Retains EURO 2012 - Whats Up?
Some good news at last! UEFA confirmed on Friday that Kyiv, Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv will all host matches in the EURO 2012 football championships, and Kyiv has been confirmed as the venue for the final. The whole country was overjoyed when it was announced that Ukraine and Poland would co-host the championship finals back in spring 2007, but the initial euphoria turned quickly into widespread dismay as inaction on the part of the government and a complete lack of activity on upgrading stadiums and infrastructure put Ukraine’s chances of retaining the event in serious jeopardy.


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The More the Merrier! - Kyiv Culture
It’s no secret that Ukrainians are famous for adopting various traditions and customs and making them their own. Want a few good examples? On Halloween and Valentine’s Day we turn into monsters and lovers (respectively hopefully), and even this holiday’s Father Frost has turned in his lovely blue coat for one of red velvet – it’s almost traitorous! Which begs the question regarding the December 25th Catholic Christmas celebration – should we celebrate it, should we not?


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Spelling it Out with the EBA & ACC - Ukraine Today
The European Business Association, along with the American Chamber of Commerce are two of the biggest companies here representing the foreign business market in Ukraine. Meeting up with both Anna Derevyanko of EBA and ACCs Jorge Zukoski to talk business, What’s On wanted the scoop on how the 2009 corporate year faired  according to each of them and what they thought we might see in 2010.
I must say, I had posed some rather hard-nosed political questions, but being as tactful as they both are, the answers I got were pretty diplomatic.


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Celebrations of the Solstice - Special Feature
With different gods at work throughout each of the seasons, many different cultures and communities have embraced certain traditions not only because of what they believed in but also because of the time of year. As we come ever closer to one of the most significant celebrations for many, what seems simply an astronomical coincidence, in fact connects numerous countries and is called the winter solstice.


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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.

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