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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 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.


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 № 7 (2014)

№7 (2014)/2014
28 February - 6 March
Tunnelling Towards Hope

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From The Editor (7) - Editorial
What’s On, Kyiv’s most popular English-language entertainment magazine (and not just because it’s Kyiv’s only English-language entertainment magazine – we hope) has some news we’d like to share. The magazine will be closing – but only for a few short weeks.
Funded by advertisers, What’s On has been unable to procure the funds necessary to warrant its publication considering the current political situation and financial market. It is, however, our plan to be back in business just as soon as the country lands back on its feet, so that we may continue to offer you, dear readers, the best in information, entertainment, and reviews concerning events and venues in Kyiv and beyond.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
1 March 1564
Ivan Fedorov, founder of typography in Russia and Ukraine, together with Peter Mstyslavets, publishes the first printed book Apostle. Only 60 original copies out of 1,200 have survived to date – they are kept in various museums and libraries worldwide.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Vy ne vstyhnete za namy skuchyty!
You won’t have time to miss us!
Parting for a short time, a meeting in the nearest future is imminent – so soon that no party will notice a pause in a relationship. We here at What’s On aren’t breaking up with you dear Kyiv – we will be back!

Ukraine’s Most (Un)wanted - Whats Up?
Poor former President Viktor Yanukovych has gone from being unwanted by the people to being very much wanted by Ukraine’s acting government. Problem is, Yanuk is not willing to reciprocate. In a saga that is playing out like the plot of a Frederick Forsyth novel, where exactly the fugitive former head of state is, as we go to print, unclear.


The Embarrassing Tymoshenkos - Whats Up?
So the darling of Europe (proving once again how ignorant she is of politics in Ukraine) got out of jail on 22 February and boarded a plane straight to Kyiv. Sadly (not really) she turned up on stage at Maidan (sitting in a wheelchair wearing heels) thinking she would be hailed as the conquering hero. She’s been in prison for the last two years so was probably unaware of how much the country has changed in that time.


The Maidan Trust Circle - Whats Up?
It’s unprecedented: Parliament has been in session for five uninterrupted days (as we go to print), binning laws the old regime put in place to save their sorry asses, and returning the country to one that is far more democratic.


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Ukraine Truth
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

Pulling Strings
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.


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