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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.


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.


What's On Archive 4 (2013)

4 (2013)/2013
8 February - 14 February
Love is in the Air!
Celebrate Valentines Day here in Kyiv in style

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From THE EDITOR (4) - Editorial
It comes around just once a year, the Love issue, and even if I wanted to write about something else in my little 500-word space allotment, I would feel as though I am cheating just a little. So, here goes, an editorial all about love doesnt that just make you feel all warm and gooey inside? 
Love. Love in Kyiv. Its a bit of a tenuous concept at times. When its good, couples walk around with their arms about each other, flowers in hand, laying little kisses on each other at every opportunity. Its perhaps not as visible at the moment, with people walking around in parkas, scarves and hats, preventing the remotest bit of physical contact in public.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
9 February 1667
The Andrusivsky Peace Agreement is signed between the Russian Empire and the Rzeczpospolita, effectively dividing Ukraine in half. Signed without any Ukrainian representatives present, the country becomes a literal hostage of diplomatic relations between these two empires for several centuries.


Ukraine Set for a Gold Rush - Whats Up?
Theres gold in them thar hills! Thats what mining company Korab Resources was shouting as it hit the motherload in eastern Ukraine this week. Apparently the company has hit high-grade gold at up to 6.16 grammes per tonne. Now that may not seem a lot, but at over $50 a tonne, thats not too shoddy.


Sanatorium Boss Killed - Whats Up?
Its good to see that gangsterism is alive and kicking in Kyiv, and to prove the point, the boss of the exclusive Feofaniya sanatorium/hospital/hotel complex in the south of the city was fatatlly shot in the neck while going about his business late last week.
Its not yet known exactly why Yuriy Fomin, director of the complex owned by the Academy of Sciences, was targeted in such a manner, but its widely thought to be related to his work.


Nurse Sued for Big Mouth - Whats Up?
In the west, people file lawsuits all the time and often win, regardless of the ridiculousness of their claims: woman sues McDonalds over hot coffee, woman sues Google for bad directions, man sues wife for being ugly Here in Ukraine, things are a little different. The country has little legislation in terms of liability, and as such, action is very rarely brought up against anyone in this country that doesnt also include some sort of political agenda, let alone a legitimate charge.


Stay Away From Yanukovych! - Whats Up?
This is more or less the advice given to Americas new Secretary of State, John Kerry, by former US Ambassadors of Ukraine Steven Pifer, John Herbst and Bill Miller. Its a pretty pretty concise conclusion, considering the three men were stationed in Ukraine at various points since the countrys independence.


New Sounds Available for Samplers - Whats Up?
The bandura, one of Ukraines oldest national instruments, has just taken a leap into the 21st century, thanks to Precisionsound, a soundware company based in Rimbo Sweden. Putting together top notch libraries for virtual samplers, the company has recorded various sounds of the 55-stringed instrument, wrapped it up in a sample set and thrown a price tag of $69 on it. Dont get too excited now, but yes, this means that the bandura is now an option for DJs and all other turntable gurus everywhere looking for new and interesting sounds to incorporate in their tracks.


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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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