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7 (2014)
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 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 17 (2012)

17 (2012)/2012
11 May - 17 May
50 Years of Photography 
Frank Horvat rolls into town this week with a retrospective on his life and work


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Holy Inquisition in Kyiv - Whats Up?
After detaching themselves from the Catholic Church a year ago, the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate is showing its true colours, and those colours aint pretty. Directing their venom at specific social groups, they've launched an attack on the gay and lesbian community.


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Sex-business Exposed - Whats Up?
Although there are many who are actively trying to reverse the stereotype of Ukraine as a country big into the sex trade, we have just uncovered a case that makes it glaringly obvious this is not always the case. 
For starters, police in Yalta, Crimea, recently arrested a 50-year-old Turkish man suspected of organising sex tours to said location. Now, a new story, this time in Kosovo, has just popped up, implicating seven Ukrainian and three Albanian women in prostitution and human trafficking.


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Vertical Power Indeed - Whats Up?
There are a multitude of reasons not to be facing an economic crisis. Say, strong economy, robust growth, stable inflation, sound leadership, market investment and so on. However, the reason Ukraine is not facing the aforementioned is, apparently, because of strong vertical of power, which we do occasionally hear of here and in Russia.


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Shes All That - Whats Up?
Yulia Tymoshenko continues to receive support from more and more people in her fight to be free. In fact, the incarcerated former PM has garnered so much empathy from European leaders they are willing to do just about anything to help her. The solution, as they see it, is to boycott EURO 2012, saying something like you ignore our claims for democracy, we ignore your championship.


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Hop on a Bike - Active Kyiv
Can it be the big-nobs of our Kyiv authorities parking up, or even selling up, their Lexuses and Bentleys, and buying themselves bicycles instead? As hard as it is to believe, this kind of talk has been taking place in Kyiv City Council; the result of which is to create a city where a cyclist is respected no less than the man in the million-dollar automobile.


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The Final Accord - This Week
Dance of Fireworks, Spivoche Pole (Pechersk Lavra Park), 12 May at 21.00 
Three weeks of the fabulous flower exhibition held in and around Spivoche Pole will be topped off with a magnificent show of fireworks. The scenography has already been planned and considered down to the exact second, so that every flash, sparkle and sound is in harmony. With thousands of colourful stars shooting up into the sky, a magnificent panorama will open up before your eyes.


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Head Over Heels - This Week
Turandot (opera in 3 acts), National Opera Theatre of Ukraine (Volodymyrska 50), 16 May at 19.00
This opera in Italian is one of Giacomo Puccinis most well-known works. He wasnt able to finish it before his death in 1924, and so composer and pianist Franco Alfano took up the torch and completed it two years later. In Persian, Turandot means the daughter of Turan, which is where the opera is based. It tells the story of unlucky Prince Calaf who falls head over heels in love with the cold self-assuming Princess Turandot. She sends him on a wild goose chase of deeds needing done. Will that do the trick? Or is she just using him for her own entertainment?


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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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