|On the cover|
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 12|
6 April - 12 April
Easter for Everyone!
All Branches of the Christian Faith Celebrate Together in 2007!
Ask a Kyivite
Going Out Review
Just a Minute
On the Sofa with...
|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
The main reason the Orange Revolution gained so much international press attention and captured the imagination of the world was the fact that millions of ordinary people appeared to be standing up for their democratic rights in a country were accepted wisdom suggested there was no such thing. People power proved enormously persuasive back then, and appeared to set a wonderful example for anyone living in an oppressive society. Real life, however, is more complicated than the ideals of 2004, and in retrospect it now appears clear that the people power concept was just too easy to exploit. Two years later as I look out of the What’s On office window at the rows upon rows of dirty coaches disgorging thousands of people who have been brought to the capital to defend their government, I am left wondering who on earth could possibly sympathise with them. There are no laughing faces or witty slogans this time, replaced instead by just a touch of vengefulness. In fairness all sides now routinely pay for rented mobs, leaving the average Ukrainian totally turned off by the whole debacle. The saddest aspect of the current crisis is that something which started out as a popular struggle for a better Ukraine has degenerated into a deeply cynical sectarian confrontation which makes a mockery of the whole concept of people power so emphatically demonstrated in 2004. At the time of going to press it was uncertain how the final separation of parliament and president would pan out, but the real question is whether the Ukrainian people’s faith in their fledgling democracy is strong enough to resist this latest challenge.
|A Country Divided and in Crisis - Picture Perfect|
Ukraine’s political crisis finally boiled over into open hostilities 2 April following a series of mass rallies in Kyiv over the preceding weekend which succeeded in pressuring President Yushchenko into issuing a decree dissolving parliament and calling for new elections on 27 May. Parliament responded with an emergency all-night session in which pro-Yanukovich deputies voted through a batch of legislation attacking the office of the president while coalition supporters bussed in from the regions held a vigil from their tent city in adjacent Mariyinski Park. Rumours of possible military intervention circulated throughout the Ukrainian capital as many commentators likened the constitutional crisis to the attempted coup in Russia of 1993, which was resolved following a tank attack on the Russian Duma. Opposition leaders meanwhile promised to recreate the mass demonstrations in central Kyiv of 2004 and called on supporters to assemble on Independence Square.
Photography: UNIAN/Maria Bykova
|International Arts Show Accused of Holodomor Insensitivity - Whats Up?|
The opening of the annual French Spring cultural season was the centre of a heated debate last weekend after the curtain-raiser event drew criticism and accusations of insensitivity for its alleged similarity to Ukraine’s national day of remembrance and mourning for the victims of the Holodomor terror famine of 1932-33. The event, a Fire Installation performance by French arts group Carabosse, has been staged throughout Europe and America but was being seen for the first time in Ukraine and was controversially held on St. Sophia Square in the historic centre of Kyiv. Over the past two years the square has become one of the focuses of Ukraine’s national efforts to come to terms with the genocide of the 1930s.
|What Should Ukraine Do to Combat Racism? - Ask a Kyivite|
Throughout history Ukraine has always been home to a kaleidoscope of races and cultures which has generally co-existed in peace if not always in harmony. However the past few years have seen a rising tide of racial violence which has manifested itself in random attacks on ethnic minority Kyivites and the murder of a number of African students. This week sees a mass demonstration of Kyivites against racial violence with organisers demanding that the government introduce legislation criminalising racist behaviour. What’s On asked a number of Kyivites what they thought could be done to control the growing problem of racism here.
|Rocking with Joan of Arc - Coming Soon|
‘The Black Sheep’, National Lesya Ukrainka Drama Theatre (5 Khmelnitsky St.), 24 April at 19.00.
Rock opera ‘The Black Sheep’ was written by Y, Rybchynsky in 1989 and is another telling of the Joan of Arc tale. This slip-of-a-girl rallied the French when they were at their lowest, and her leadership marked a turning point in the100 years war which would eventually rid France of oppressive English interference. Although things got too hot for the heroine in the end, she stands as a symbolic figure in history for all those who dream of freedom. Tickets are 25-200 UAH. For more information call 235-42-66.
|Romantic Lyrics from Odessa Duet - Coming Soon|
Fleur in concert, Officers House (30/1 Grushevskogo vul., Arsenalna metro), 21 April at 19.00
This popular female duet from Odessa was formed in March 2000 when Olga Pulatova (vocals, piano), and Elena Voynarovska (vocals, guitar) got together and decided to create their own brand of music that they call cardio-wave as it comes from their hearts. Ironically, as their name Fleur is French for flower, it was a French label which first took notice of this young group and signed them to make their debut album, but today they have a number of albums available in Russia, Ukraine and other countries too. For ticket order call 253-80-72 and 253-21-63.
|Miss Ukraine 2007 - Coming Soon|
XVII National competition `Miss Ukraine 2007`, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervoarmiiska St.), 14 April at 19.00
Goethe said: ‘Beauty is always welcome,’ and it is true that a woman’s beauty can bring a lot of joy and happiness. Some would even say that it makes the world better, which is perhaps why beauty competitions have become so popular throughout the world. It is a fact that the female residents of the country are something of a national pride for Ukrainians, but this competition sets out not just to find the prettiest girl, but also a real personality who combines both natural beauty and a vivid mind. Twenty-six girls from all over the country will compete for the coveted title of Miss Ukraine 2007 and the winner will go on to represent the nation at the international finals to be held in the summer. For more information call 247-23-03.
|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.