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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 5 (2013)

5 (2013)/2013
15 February - 21 February
Equivokee caught Clowning Around
Whats On talks to this trio of clowns about their newest award and life in the circus 

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Serious Crimes Set Ukrainian Police in Motion - Whats Up?
Ukraine is holding a former prime minister of Tajikistan after he was accused of being instrumental in the assassination attempt on Tajik President Emomalii Rahmon some years ago. This proves a fairly fascinating story for Ukraine at the moment, considering the recent sentence handed down to former police general Oleksiy Pukach by the Pechersk District Court for the murder of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze; a murder that the courts anyway are confirming was planned and carried out by one man near the bottom of the Ukrainian food chain. Yeah, okay.


EU Slaps Wrists - Whats Up?
The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (now thats a long title) Mr Stefan Fuele was in town last week and slapping everyones wrists. He didnt mince his words when he told Azarov time was running out on the shelved free trade and association agreements. We have a window of opportunity, he said. But time is short.


Blamed and Shamed: Importing Prostitutes from Ukraine - Whats Up?
Two Israelis and one Ukrainian national have been apprehended and charged with human trafficking and operating a brothel in Kiryat Motzkin. They appeared in a Haifa court last week, after police learned the three were luring Ukrainian women to work there as prostitutes.
The trio consists of 34-year old Aleksandr Vitsitsky of Kiryat Haim, 36-year old Fadi Huari of Nazareth and 26-year old Ukrainian Ivana Kovzer, all of whom were arrested two weeks ago following investigations by Haifa police.


TED Tells All in Kyiv - Ukraine Today
How can mosquitos help fight disease? How do robots fly? What does it feel like to dive in a wheelchair? These are all questions that have answers and have been creatively divulged thanks to a global set of ingenious conferences, known affectionately as TED. What is TED? Read on


The Spicy Language of Love - This Week
Gorchitza (UA, pop-rock), Tolstoy (V Vasylkivska 19), 15 February at 22.00
After saying goodbye to former frontwoman Alloise and bringing in Olha Dibrova, Gorchitza returns to the stage with old favourites, a few new showstoppers and a handful of covers youre going to love. For this show, the group is pushing musical boundaries with the addition of various exotic instruments, along with the presentation of their new video for song L.O.L. (Language of Love).


A Silly Boy Goes on Tour - This Week
Valentyn Strykalo (UA, pop-rock), Crystal Hall (Dniprovskiy Spusk 1), 15 February at 21.00
In 2010, Valentyn Strykalo appeared on YouTube, sending sarcastic video letters to various local celebrities. This naïve and provincial character created by the talented Yuriy Kaplan became an Internet sensation and led to creation of the Valentyn Strykalo band. In 2011, they went on to win a Golden Gargoyle for Best Band of the Year thanks to Russias 16 Tones Club.


Ukraines Finest - This Week
Fine Art Ukraine 2013, Mystetsky Arsenal (Lavrska 10), 14 24 February 
This is the fourth time Fine Art Ukraine presents their wares paintings, graphics, sculptures, video installations, photographs, correspondences and more. The concept this year revolves around the year 1988, a very important time for this country, which saw such events as Ronald Regan visit the USSR and Soviet troops removed from Afghanistan, just to name a few.


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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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