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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 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 1 (2010)

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15 January - 21 January
The Year of the Tiger Begins!
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The Princess and the Frog - Kyiv Kino
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Animation, Family USA 2009
Voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David
A fairytale set in the Jazz Age-era of New Orleans, this film is centred on a young girl by the name of Princess Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. It is a modern day retelling of the classic story The Frog Prince where the arrogant and carefree Prince Naveen crosses paths with Tiana, a hardworking waitress.


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#1) - Competitions
Our famous competition is now proving so popular we cant keep up with the number of entries so from now on we will be publishing two photos per week. And this week we have a photo of Whats On being read by Hanna Zelinska at the Empire State Building in Manhattan sent by Marco Johnson, and the second, sent by Pedro Correla Matos, is the bull fighting stadium in Lisbon.
Every month we will be giving away a pair of tickets to any scheduled Ukraine International Airlines destination absolutely free! And these excellent photos from Marco and Pedro are 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.


Castaway in Kyiv (#1) - Castaway in Kyiv
After having a great couple of needed weeks away, were back and gettin jiggy with the whole business of making sure the wonderful residents of Kyiv remain entertained and well informed this 2010. While I do hope we are able to accomplish both elements in all of our features this year, I also understand that sometimes we accomplish one better than the other, and so it has been with this feat in mind I sit down to write this weeks Castaway.
Potatoes: everybody eats them, everybody loves them, everybody seems to be an expert on them.


A Young and Motivated Charity Activist - On the Sofa with...
Since the inception of the Shlyakhetniy Vechornitsi charitable events, there has been more and more talk about do-gooders Tetyana Mironova and Oleh Skrypka and their attempts at changing their community for the better. Tetyana, however, is not the only Mironova in the family who cares about helping people: her daughter Eugenia is also fast on the heels of philanthropy. And when her role of official representative at Christies Auction House here in Ukraine allows, she is often busy as an active participant in the lives of those children who are hearing impaired as the head of the Blagodat Charitable Fund.


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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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