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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 17 (2013)

17 (2013)/2013
10 May - 16 May
The world in Living Colour
Various films feature both in and out of the country this week 

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Being European - Ukraine Today
Ukraines moves toward European integration hang in the balance: its a constant one step forward one step backward scenario, despite surveys showing nearly 50% of Ukrainians want the country to be part of the European UNI0N. Meanwhile, for the first time, Kyiv will host the European Week of Culture representing wider European society and detailing the experience of other countries upon entering the EU. Whats On takes a look at the programme to ensure you dont miss the most interesting events of the week.


Cinema of Hungary - Kyiv Kino
Six days, five films, and from a country not usually noted for its contribution to the film industry. Yet Hungarys role in the cinematic world carries a pedigree both inside and outside the countrys borders. Hungarians played a huge role in movies on both sides of the Atlantic take William Fox, the founder of Fox Studios, Adolph Zukor, who established Paramount Pictures, or Alexander Korda, who played a leading role in starting Britains film industry. Cinemas Golden Age may be in the past but Hungarys contribution to the world of film continues and the best will be showcased in Kyiv this coming week.


Rebirth The Concept - Kyiv Kino
Samsara is a film that screams loudly, despite the fact that not a single word is spoken. Its a journey around the world, showing the immense beauty and the grotesque horrors of humanity, interspersed with stunning natural landscapes and the fallout of natural disaster. The non-narrative documentary film directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson was filmed for more than four years (from 2007 to 2011).


Freedom in All its Forms - Kyiv Culture
The Dirty 30s were far more than a decade of economic downfall among other things they were years in which music and film intertwined to become a major centrepiece in the lives of every American music and film lover. Think the Three X Sisters, the Boswell Sisters and later the Andrew Sisters. And then think Freedom Jazz Ukraines own version of this fabulous musical era with a 21st century spin.


City in a Canyon - Ukraine Travel
Legend has it when Turkish Sultan Osman arrived to conquer Kamyanets-Podilsky in 1621, he asked one of his generals, Who has built such a mighty town? Allah, came the reply, to which the Sultan responded, Then let Allah himself conquer it, and bid a hasty retreat.
Kamyanets-Podilsky remains one of Ukraines most arresting sights and has always been a popular tourist destination thanks to its 11th-century old town surrounded by a canyon carved by the river Smotrych. The canyon is 40 to 50 metres deep, and leaves the town standing clearly apart on a tall, sheer-walled rock island. Whats On explores the city.


Model Citizens - Kyiv Cars
Women dont understand why, what they dismiss as toys, still attract so much of our (mens) attention. Whether its modelling a plane or a train, through to creating an elaborate diorama of a legendary battle the idea of building a scale replica from scratch and finishing it to look as close to the real deal as possible sparks boyhood nostalgia in men. It also stirs something more primal. Its possibly a lesser version of the satisfaction the designer of the original took from standing back and admiring the finished product. After all, the plastic modellers creation may be 1/25 scale, but the feeling is the same I made that.


Provocations and Observations (#17) - Just a Minute
Publishers Provocations
Ive lived in Ukraine for seven years now, and its a source of great embarrassment to me that I speak no Ukrainian whatsoever, and very little Russian. The problem is (or at least, this is my excuse), when I arrived I wanted to learn Ukrainian, but everyone told me not to. If you learn Ukrainian, people will reply to you in Russian and youll get confused. Learn Russian, they all said.


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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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