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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 34 (2013)

34 (2013)/2013
20 September - 26 September
All the Things They Said Running Through Our Heads!
We catch up with the girls of t.A.T.u. ahead of their Kyiv gig

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Europes Wild Wild East - Ukraine Travel
If youve got the big city blues after a relaxing summer holiday on a deserted beach the perfect antidote lies in southern Ukraine on the Kherson oblast steppe for centuries one of Europes last wild frontiers. No longer the domain of Cossacks and slave-raiding Tatars, today this remote region plays host to one of Ukraines most naturally stunning nature reserves, Askania Nova, where you can find everything from wild horses to buffalo!


Provocations & Observations (#34) - Just a Minute
Publishers Provocations
It was with some sadness that I read this weeks Whats Up story regarding the decline of Ukraines population. The numbers given in this story concern a natural decline in that deaths far outweigh births. Ultra-low fertility rates and high death  rates are given as the main causes, and this whole rapid decline will be exacerbated by the number of people leaving the country looking for a better life.


Whats On: Read All Over the World (#34) - Competitions
First up this week, weve got Anna and Onder Durmus who always enjoy looking at the pictures of people vacationing all over the world which we post weekly in Whats On: Read All Over the World. So, during a recent trip to Bali and Malaysia, they grabbed a mag and decided it was time to become a participant themselves. Here they are at the Uluwatu Temple in Bali with the Monkey-God Vanara!


Face of Kyiv 2013 - Competitions
Ekaterina  Chasnikovskaya
Age: 22
Occupation: Hotel and restaurant business
Ekaterinas story: My story is simple I am a young lady, who loves her job and the people around her. I care about my family, friends, and try to help anyone who needs it, so that when I wake up I can say, Im happy with my job, with my family and with my friends. I dont need anything else. Thats me, full of ambition and pressure!


Coffee Mania - Take me out!
Coffee. For some it is an elixir of life - it wakes you up in the morning, is a pick-me-up when youre feeling sluggish, and its a great winter warmer. Camps are as divided as to the health benefits of the drink as they are when it comes to debating what constitutes good coffee. To coincide with the Na Kavu do Lvova (To Lviv for a Coffee) festival to kick off in Lviv at the end of the month, we look a bit closer to home before previewing the festival itself.


Depressive Popster? - Coming Soon
Max Barskikh (UA, pop, dance), Saxon (Trutenko 4), 27 September at 22.00
Ever since 2008 when Max Barskikh left TV show Fabrika Zirok 2 (Ukrainian Star Factory) without explanation, the singers career has been drenched in drama. An unpleasant twist of faith is found in all of his songs. However, seeing their hero suffer seems to be more of a bonus for his fans.


Elephants at the Disco - Coming Soon
Limp Bizkit (US, rap, hardcore), Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119), 1 December at 19.00
American hardcore rappers Limp Bizkit famous for hits Take a Look Around, New Generation, Eat You Alive and many more are head back to Kyiv for a third time this winter. The band gathered some pretty intense crowds back in 2009 and 2010, and expect an even bigger turnout this time with the upcoming release of their much anticipated sixth album Stampede of the Disco Elephants.


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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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