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7 (2014)
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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 23 (2012)

23 (2012)/2012
22 June - 28 June

Antytila are all about Anti-boredom!
Check out these top Ukrainian pop-rockers in town this week



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The Football Fans Guide to Ukraine - Special Feature
Dear football fans! Welcome to Kyiv and Ukraine! No matter what youve heard in your local press, youve just turned up in a very fun and vibrant place. We are absolutely sure youre going to have a great time in this country, and with good reason the people here are warm and friendly, they love to party, and theyre always very interested in meeting and chatting to foreigners.
However, there is a different culture here, some of it good, some of it no so much, so heres a short guide on some of the negative aspects you might encounter while youre here, and how to make the most of the positives. With our help, you can accentuate the positive while minimising the negative, and make the most of your stay.


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From THE EDITOR (23) - Editorial
I have never lived in a place where Ive ever feared for my life. I come from small-town Saskatchewan, where often the worst we can complain about are the teenagers who come by in the middle of the night, high on life and moonshine, hoping to tip a sleeping cow; well, that, and killer birds we call mosquitos. Generally, living in Kyiv is the same, with cow-tipping teenagers traded in for large black SUVs waiting to run you over the minute you step off the edge of the sidewalk. As the football switches into top gear, however, the country is on alert, which has prompted a few cautionary measures here in the city we dont typically see. The most blatant has to be the helicopters that fly overhead anytime Kyiv hosts a game, not unlike the big black mozzies of my childhood.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
26 June 1940
The USSR officially adopts an 8-hour workday, a 5-day workweek and a criminal charge for being more than 21 minutes late! 

22 June 1941 
At 03.30, Germany attacks the USSR, making this day the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.  

28 June 1989 
The farewell football match of Oleh Blokhin takes place in Kyiv. Blokhin is the most successful footballer in the history of Soviet-Ukrainian football, scoring an unbelievable 319 goals!


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Smoking to be Banned in Public Places - Whats Up?
Last week, a new law was signed by the president that bans smoking in all enclosed public spaces in Ukraine. The new law, which will come into effect in December this year, adds restaurants, bars and cafés to the list of places where smoking is now not permitted, and even designated smoking areas in such venues will be done away with.


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The Fan Zone Expands - Whats Up?
Ukraines been hit with football fever these days and Kyivs trying to keep up. Disregarding all the negative international press, fans have been flocking to the capital in the thousands, making the fan zone on Khreshchatyk the place to be! Pulsing with people, the area packs up at game time, turning our main street into a metaphorical tin for sardines and other canned fish.


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A Vyshyvanka for Madonna - Whats Up?
The people responsible for bringing Madonna to Kyiv are running a competition for Ukrainian designers and common creative people alike to come up with a cool vyshyvanka for the 53-year-old pop-diva! Hundreds of sketches of embroidered garments were sent in online, with visitors voting for their favourite. 
Among them all, there were a few traditional options along with some sexy variations, incorporating a rather deep décolleté and a very tempting silhouette! A lucky 10 have since been chosen, but now they need to hurry their hand-made vyshyvankas need to be ready by 5 July! On 13 July, at a special Vyshyvanka Party, a well-respected jury will choose the best representation of traditional Ukrainian-wear to be presented to the ultimate Material Girl while shes here in Kyiv.


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Azarov Speaks Out Against Negative PR - Whats Up?
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov spoke out against all the derogatory press reports about Ukraine in the west, stating EURO 2012 should be used to break through the veil of lies, deception and propaganda against Ukraine. And quite right too! As the English fans whove come here, and those of other nationalities, have discovered Ukraine is a great place to party.


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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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