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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.

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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 18 (2010)

18 (2010)/2010
14 May - 20 May
Festival Season Is Coming!
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From THE EDITOR (18) - Editorial
By reading my editorials here every week, some people seem to have formed the impression that I pass just about all my spare time drinking beer in pubs, and that wouldnt be too far from the truth I like nothing better than to sit in the company of friends and have a good old chinwag, including some philosophical debate, denouncing politicians the world over, and generally setting the world to rights. Its what I like to do. But it has to be said, its not particularly good for one's health. In fact for some time our pub conversations have included lengthy discussions on the topic of finding different and healthier ways of passing our time, largely inspired by one friend who only joins us in the pub occasionally as hes off doing other things: So full of energy is he, he finds it hard to sit still for more than a short time, and if the ants in his pants could be harnessed youd probably have enough energy to power a small town.


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A New Statue to Stalin Unveiled - Whats Up?
And the mind boggles! For some in the east of Ukraine, it seems they just cannot accept the truth about their past. These people say they are communists, and that somehow is supposed to justify their erecting a new statue to the man who is probably the biggest mass murderer of all time. Can you imagine the neo-Nazis in Germany erecting a statue to Hitler? While they might possibly consider it, the authorities would never allow it.


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Kyivs Street Musicians to be Auditioned - Whats Up?
Apparently, the music you hear being performed on the citys streets is going to get a whole lot better in the near future, because the City Administration, having nothing better to do at the moment, has decided to license all street musicians, and in order to obtain a license they will have to pass an audition.
Yes, all those poor lads and lassies, army veterans, and babushkas who try to make a little extra coin by entertaining us as we go about our daily business, will now have to apply for the right to do so, and probably have to pay for it too.
According to a statement from the Kyiv City Administration, this is all for our benefit, and street musicians should be professional so that we and especially foreign tourists enjoy the performances.


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China Brings Political Censorship to Ukraine - Whats Up?
Chinese diplomats have demanded the cancellation of a performance by the Shen Yun Performing Arts Show set to take place in Odesa at the end of the month. Based in New York, the Shen Yun Performing Arts is a non profit making organisation operating independently of Chinas Communist regime, which seeks to revive the millennia old traditions of China that were largely destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party during the cultural revolution.


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Platini Suggests Hungary or Germany for EURO 2012 - Whats Up?
Once again, UEFA President Michel has had to fire a shot across the bows of the Ukrainian government in the hope of spurring them into action. Only weeks after Yanukovych declared he would take personal responsibility of EURO 2012 preperations, Platini in an interview in Germany said that Hungary or Germany could be asked to provide venues.
Of course we are watching whats happening in Ukraine very carefully, he said. And we still have some time. But its also clear that something has to happen in the next few weeks.
He reiterated yet again that there was no plan B, but insisted this wouldnt mean UEFA couldnt react if Ukraine didnt get its act together, citing stadium construction and infrastructure development (or lack there of) as the biggest concerns.


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The End of Independent Ukraine? - Whats Up?
Thats what ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is declaring, and Russian troops on the streets of Kyiv, many of them bearing hammer and sickle banners, could be a sign that shes not too far from the mark when talking about the direction the new government is taking. While there was a general exchange of troops in parades marking the end of WWII throughout Europe this year, the fact that Russian troops joined parades in four cities around the country, where Soviet flags were exceptionally prominent, is something that cannot be overlooked as pure coincidence.


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A Summer Full of Festivals - Ukraine Today
The festival season will soon have its unofficial opening here in Ukraine, where the fun will continue well on into the late days of September. Getting bigger and better with every season, this year should be the best yet as bands and performers from all over the world will be taking their rightful spots on Ukrainian stages.
While it's true that most big stars would normally make their way to the countrys capital to perform, Ukraines many outdoor festivals are just as enticing. So whatever youre looking for, be it folk, rock, pop, indie or jazz, grab yourself a tent, hop into the car and get on out to one of these top notch festivals out in the warm summer air.


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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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