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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 2 (2010)|
22 January - 28 January
Ukraine’s Very Own Beyonce
There’s a new face on Ukraine’s popscene, and she’s worth a look
Take me out!
Castaway in Kyiv
On the Sofa with...
|From THE EDITOR (2) - Editorial|
Last week I got into
conversation with a young Ukrainian lady who had spent much of her years in the
States and Mexico. From the age of five to 12 (some very formative years) she’d
lived in Washington DC, and then she had come back to Kyiv for a couple of years
before spending her teens in Mexico. She was a bright lass with, as you might
expect, strong opinions, and we had a long and very interesting chat. One thing
that struck me was that her life views were in many ways quite different from
her peers who had lived all their lives in Ukraine. Now of course, you can take
the girl out of Ukraine, but you can’t take Ukraine out of the girl, and her
Ukrainian parents with whom she lived while abroad would have been very
influential, but still, her mind was a little broader and her thought processes
not so stereotypical. Her views on relationships and the roles of men and women
in them were quite different.
|Beware of Falling Ice! - Whats Up?|
During the short thaw last week, this massive slab of ice fell off a roof close to the What’s On office. Luckily, nobody was underneath it at the time, because if they had been, this was big enough and heavy enough to have killed them.
Every year people are killed in Kyiv by ice falling off roofs, and little is done about it. With the massive snowfalls we’ve already had this year, and long bitterly cold days and nights, there is a real danger to pedestrians.
|Stalin’s Grandson Unhappy with Genocide Verdict - Whats Up?|
Well, if your granddad was declared a mass murderer you might not be elated by the fact, but then if you’re granddad was Joseph Stalin, probably the biggest mass murderer of all time, you might just have to bite the bullet. In fact, if your granddad was Joseph Stalin you might keep it quiet and not tell anyone.
But not Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, Stalin’s actual grandson. In fact, he’s all for going public on a regular basis to defend the honour of his poppy. Now, what honour would that be, Zhenia?
|Highest Viewpoint to be Reopened - Whats Up?|
The observation post on the shield of Rodina Mat (Motherland, or the big iron woman as we like to call her), is to be finally reopened to the public on Victory Day this year. The platform was closed in 2003 when someone committed suicide when jumping from it, which was a particularly selfish action on their part as it has now remained closed for almost seven years because of it.
However, finally in May of this year, everyone will be able to take in the amazing views across the Dnipro and the rest of the city from the 92 metre high platform. The observation point has undergone a reconstruction to prevent further depressed and selfish people throwing themselves off it. But seriously, if you want to do away with yourself, do it in the privacy of your own home with a bottle of vodka and a pack of pills.
|Kyiv to Get Medical Helicopters - Whats Up?|
That’s interesting, isn’t it? When the city administration is apparently on the verge of bankruptcy it is saying it’s going to invest in a number of helicopters and landing sites around the city to improve response times to accidents and emergencies.
The reasoning behind the move is a good one: the roads of Kyiv are clogged by traffic morning, noon and night, and it can take ambulances a long time to reach emergencies and administer critical care. Medical helicopters would definitely be a good thing and would be likely to save many lives, especially when the driving here leads to so many serious accidents.
|It’s Yanukovych Or Tymoshenko - Whats Up?|
We may all have been hoping for something different: maybe a new face up there like Tihipko or Yatsenyuk, but our hopes look to be dashed as the new president of Ukraine will be Viktor Yanukovych or Yulia Tymoshenko.
With nearly all the votes counted as we go to press, Yanukovych came out top with a little over 35%, Tymoshenko ran second with around 25%, Tihipko came a disappointing third with 13%, Yatsenyuk had 7% and incumbent and Orange hero gone sour Viktor Yushchenko languished in fifth place with only 5% of the vote.
|A New Face on Ukraine’s Pop Scene - Cover Story|
While there may be no incredibly high pitches or remarkably low tones coming out of this new popster, it’s always nice to be able to experience something a little different when it comes to the world of show business; especially when that difference happens to be an honest depiction of who the person actually is. Because while many of her counterparts may be pretending that they are big African-American gangsta rappas (almost like Ali G), this new Ukrainian singer actually does have African roots. I was lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with her and let the newest face in Ukrainian Pop, Jacklin, tell us all about her career, the men she likes and her first erotic photo session.
Jacklin and I decide to do the interview in one of those fashionable
cafes downtown and when I arrive I notice her immediately: a tall,
slender, dark-skinned beauty in a figure-hugging black dress that has
white fur all over it. I take a seat and settle down, eager to know
about her origins.
|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.