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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 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 20 (2012)

20 (2012)/2012
1 June - 7 June
Ready for a Good Night Out
The girls get gussied up for a night on the town


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From THE EDITOR (20) - Editorial
I always thought hooligan was kind of a strong word for a football fan. After all, the majority of their offences include little more than sitting, sometimes standing, in front of the telly, berating the opponent with all manner of clever little quips. In fact, I know a number of gents, no more hoodlums than my 86-year old granny, but diehard football buffs nevertheless. Missing games just doesnt happen, football jerseys and all other manner of paraphernalia from scarves to wrist bands are worn for luck, and all serious talk, that doesnt include red cards and bent refs, is suspended until the last minute of injury time runs out. This is the way it is those who do not understand the nirvana/perdition that comes with the final result must suffer silently.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
4 June 1874
The Shevchenko Scientific Societys first convocation takes place in Lviv. Its activities are fully devoted to the promotion of scholarly research and publication, focusing mainly on philology, philosophy, history, math and medicine. After almost 50 years of exile, due to Soviet invasion, the Society is re-established in Ukraine in 1989. 

5 June 1894
Mykhailo Yalovy, Ukrainian poet-futurist, prosaic and drama writer, is born in Kharkiv oblast. As a member of various literature communities, he works actively to defend Ukrainian language and culture.


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Kyiv Dresses Up For EURO - Whats Up?
City residents have been very busy as of late making last-minute touch-ups in time for the big football championships to start next week. However, in the run-up to EURO 2012, with security a major concern, some of the citys initiatives have only made things worse. 
One sunny morning a couple of weeks ago, Kyiv residents woke up to find the citys rubbish bins replaced with, well, rubbish.


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Finally! - Whats Up?
Residents of the city have been anticipating the completion of the building on the corner of Khmelnytskoho and Pushkinska for ages. And finally, with a little push from EURO, Kyivs got its own Museum of History. Weve had to work around the clock to finish all the venues on time. Im tired of counting them all, exclaims head of KMDA, Oleksandr Popov.


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Big Eurovision Meltdown - Whats Up?
Eurovision was a massive hit with all participating countries last weekend, encouraging everyone to text in with their votes. While that only meant good things for the Swedes and their champion Loreen, it meant quite the opposite for Ukraine and our Gaitana. 
The Swedish pop star/music producer took home an impressive 372 votes overall, guaranteeing next years competition will take place in her home country. In the meantime, however, Gaitana was swept to the wayside with a pitiful 65 points, one of Ukraines worst showings ever.


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Making Peace - Whats Up?
Now, hold onto your hats, it looks as though the government of Ukraine is about to do something positive, demonstrating that some of the people therein might have what it takes to properly govern this country. The astonishing project is an international regional centre for peacemakers, where both local and foreign individuals can come to receive expert training.


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The Tank Traps of Horkoho - Whats Up?
At last, the city Administration seems to be covering over what must be the largest assault course ever built in a Ukrainian city. It wasnt the usual type of assault course where commandos demonstrate their gymnastic prowess whilst carrying a 100kg rucksack or covered in muddy treacle, it was one where drivers of perfectly normal European standard cars were expected to navigate without ripping off a wheel or grinding away the engine sump.


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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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