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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.


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16 March - 22 March

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Glamour Galore as Kyiv Fashion Week Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Lavra in Peril Sacred Site is Sinking! - Kyiv Today

Thousands of tourists visit Kyivs Lavra Caves Monastery every day, taking in the amazing architectural marvels of this spiritual symbol of Kyiv Rus culture and Ukraines most important historical ensemble. But recent visitors remain largely unaware of impending danger threatening to close the site down to tourism and cause long term damage to the monastery. A series of structural problems in the past few years have raised the spectre that this spiritual home to about 150 monks is actually sinking and may soon be victim of large-scale collapse if action is not taken to halt the slide and repair the complexs creaking foundations. Unfavourabvle weather conditions, rising underground water levels and simple human negligence have been cited as the main causes of this new threat to the site, which has resulted in collapsed caves, subsiding foundations and serious structural instability.


Cool Contemporary Art Photos at the Pinchuk Centre - Kyiv Life

SKY CAFE On the 9 March on the sixth floor of Pinchuk Art Centre the grand opening of a new exhibition by the famous photographer Lesya Malska Closed in the Shadow was unveiled. The photographs are of famous women in the nude, cloaked in shadow, and many celebrities were happy to take part including Katerina Osadcha, Karolina Ashion and Valilisa Frolova, showing that they are not just television personalities but real women with real bodies. An unusual element to the exhibition is that the photos are hanging on the windows giving a different perspective and feeling of space.

Natalia Marianchyk


New Horizons at VIP Arts Focus - Kyiv Life

DA VINCI GALLERY On 6 March in the art gallery in the very chic Arena City trade centre there was a VIP presentation of a new project by Aleksandr Klimenko entitled New Horizons. This is the second exhibition to be held in the new home of the gallery and it attracted a large crowd of art aficionados. The exhibition includes a collection of new works by the artist, which are deep impressions of sunrises and daybreaks that the artist calls metaphysic landscapes. Alexandr is one of the best known artists in Ukraine and is gaining in popularity throughout Europe which is hardly surprising as his paintings are very light and full of positive energy.


Marking Womens Day Across the Ukrainian Capital - Kyiv Life

VENUES ACROS TOWN Kyivlanki were engulfed in a cascade of floral tributes 8 March as the Ukrainian capital marked the International Womens Day holiday in the usual style. It was estimated that this year Ukrainians spent approximately ten million euros on flowers for 8 March, making the country Europes biggest single-day spender on bouquets for the third year running!


Poustovits Mobile Phone Fashions - Kyiv Life

FREEDOM As part of the Nokia Lamour Collection, an exclusive fashion show by the Ukrainian designer Lilia Poustovit started on 6 March. The Collection Poustovit Weekend showcased the clothes the designer recommends for the coming autumn/winter, all of which were inspired by the graphic imprints on Nokia mobile phones. All the models wore blonde wigs which contrasted nicely with the muted-cherry, cognac, nut and chocolate coloured clothes.

Anastasiya Skorina


French Band Congratulates All Ukrainian Women - Kyiv Life

KVARTYRA BABOON The French ethno-rock band Red Cardell along with Ukrainian band Hurtopravcy with whom they released their 9th album called Naitre (The Birth) last year, held a concert on 8 March to congratulate Ukrainian ladies on International Womens Day. Among those enjoying the lively multinational music was French Ambassador to Ukraine Jean-Paul Veziant. Jean Michel Moal on accordion, Jean Pierre Riou, the guitarist and singer, and Manu Masko on drums wowed the audience with their tender, passionate, and sometimes extremely loud music.

Yulia Samus


Miss Ukraine Girls Charity Visit to Local Orphans - Kyiv Life

MALATKA CHILDRENS HOME The finalists of the 2007 Miss Ukraine beauty contest spent a little time bringing gifts and some cheer to Cherkassy oblast orphans 7 March, dropping in on their orphanage to offer sweets, clothing and plenty of smiles to the kids. The Miss Ukraine franchise has worked hard to improve the image of the beauty contest in recent years, and has initiated a number of charitable acts and support for the less fortunate members of Ukrainian society. This Cherkassy visit was the last in a series of childrens home trips that also included Chernigiv and Poltava region orphanages. The Miss Ukraine final will be held on 14 April and will be broadcast live on Inter Channel.

Boleslav Malinovski

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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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