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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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 ¹ 17 (2013)|
10 May - 16 May
The world in Living Colour
Various films feature both in and out of the country this week
Just a Minute
Take me out!
|From THE EDITOR (17) - Editorial|
Go to Wikipedia, that all-knowing source of wisdom from which many of us begin our search for knowledge, and you will find very little about Ukraine’s cinematic history. It’s due to the fact that the filmmaking industry in this newly independent country is minimal at best. That’s not to say, however, that it doesn’t exist.
In fact, Ukraine boasts some fairly fabulous films produced in the early part of the 20th century, at about the same time as Little Robinson Crusoe and The Scarlet Letter (both silent movies) appeared in the US. Thanks goes, in large part, to Ukrainian director, screenwriter and producer Oleksandr Dovzhenko, who is credited as one of the most important filmmakers of the Soviet era.
|This Week in History - Whats Up?|
11 May 1907
The Ukrainian Scientific Society is established in Kyiv. Founded and headed by eminent Ukrainian historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky, the society has departments in history, linguistics, medicine, statistics and more. The society is incorporated into the National Academy of Science after the latter is established in 1921.
|Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?|
Two beers! Isn’t that what you hear most often in the pub? Well, it is according to some of our staff. While in Ukraine, you might want to think about expanding your horizons and ordering two vodkas, or “dvi horilky” – see where that gets you at the end of the night.
|Traffic Cops Cite Massive Violations - Whats Up?|
With the May holidays kicking off on Wednesday 1 May, celebrations were had throughout Ukraine, from Chernihiv to Sevastopol. If you were out and about, you might have noticed a few more than usual police on the road, and for good reason – they had their hands full.
According to the Traffic Police Department for Kyiv alone, Kyiv traffic police officers arrested 44 drivers over a 24-hour period, all of whom were behind the wheel in various degrees of drunkenness.
|A Report that Carries Some Weight - Whats Up?|
Yes folks, that’s right, in a news bulletin that has it international airwaves, it has been reported that Zlata Ognevych, Ukrainian hopeful for Eurovision 2013, has released the club and radio remixes of her entry, Gravity. Singing in Nakatonka, the language “spoken by people from the fantasy world of Zlata Ognevich”, according to the Eurovision centre news source, it’s former mayor Leonid “Cosmos” Chernovetsky and his album “From the Mayor, With Love!” all over again!
|Intellectual Property No Joke in Ukraine - Whats Up?|
Ukraine is good at a lot of things: producing vodka, provoking Russia, and now, as a report by the US Trade Representative reveals, abusing intellectual property rights.
The country has been dubbed a “Priority Foreign Country” in the USTR 2013 Special 301 Report, which is little more than a bit of diplomatic jargon for being particularly naught where copyright is concerned. In a country of thousands if not millions of computer geeks, it should come as little surprise that this is an issue at all.
|Monsters in Ukraine - Whats Up?|
There’s a new monster making waves here in Ukraine, and he doesn’t live at Mezhyhirya. Rather, Synevir Lake is where he calls home, which he’ll soon be vacating and coming to a movie theatre near you.
Dubbed the Ukrainian Bigfoot, Synevir, produced by Highlight Pictures, is actually the name of Ukraine’s first ever 3D horror flick, which was supposed to come out in autumn last year. Due to a few technical post-production issues, it was only sent to a 3D film fest in Moscow at the beginning of this year, where it came away with the grand prize among 17 other projects entered. In talks now with distributors, the production team are promising its release “soon”.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.