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7 (2014)
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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Up-cycle Your Wardrobe - Kyiv Culture
Its almost time to ditch the winter woollies and dust-off your spring clothing, but are you looking into your wardrobe and not liking what you see? Heres an idea. Try up-cycling or repurposing those trends from seasons ago into something fresh and fun. An up-and-coming designer in Kyiv is making a name for herself doing just that with clothes. Whats On checks out a trend that means you never go out of style.


Provocations and Observations (#5) - Just a Minute
Publishers Provocations
When I first started as chief editor of Whats On, we ran an April Fools cover story in which we stated Ukraine was revoking visa-free travel for westerners and that from that point on, everyone wishing to come to the country would have to go through a lengthy, humiliating and costly visa application process.


Currant Juice & Chunks of Beef! - Take me out!
Theres a restaurant in town called Smorodina (currant), which would make you think its some kind of new age vegan, berry and roots place. So when I was asked to do a review there I wasnt best pleased. But then I was told its a steakhouse, so there was a smile on my face as Katya and I headed out there one Saturday evening. I was hungry and I was ready for meat. And I was wondering why on earth its called Smorodina.


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#5) - Competitions
Olga Cherkay wrote in recently with a request to enter the Whats On: Read All Over the World competition. She had an amazing trip through the Balkans a few months back and wanted to share one of her fondest memories in front of the Cathedral of Saint Sava. Apparently, it is one of the ten largest church buildings in the world, and is, according to Olga, the most monumental structure in Belgrade.


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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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