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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 30|
10 August - 16 AugustGetting the most out of Kyiv this August, from summer terraces to the big 'Sweet Sixteen' Independence Day celebrations!
Going Out Review
|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
After almost six yeares and a grand total of two hundred and seventy six issues of What's on this will be the last editorial I pen before moving on to a new journalistic challenge here in Kyiv. For me personally this is nothing less than the end of an era. Every single week since September 2001 I have had the considerable pleasure of putting together the colourful collection of news, views, articles and photo reportage that is What's On, and somewhere along the way the magazine has become a part of Kyiv folklore. Over the years I managed to upset and offend all sorts of people and no doubt made plenty of mistakes, but the end result has been a lively and democratic publication that I believe has succeeded in reflecting the changes and dynamics of modern Kyiv society in a unique and insightful way. Not everyone would agree with the often highly partisan opinions I have champoined in my weekly editorials, but even so I regard the fact that they have become so well read and widely commented on as an end and would genuinely like to thank the many people who have approached me over the years to argue, discuss, debate and protest the issues I have raised. That, after all, is what a healthy society is all about. I now hand over the reins to my current Deputy Editor Neil Campbell, a talented Scottish journalist and creative writer. Editing a magazine with such a wide and highly diverse international readership presents all sorts of fascinating possibiliaties and I wish Neil the very best of luck in continuing the grand What's On tradition.
|Summer Beauties on Parade! - This month|
Miss Sun City, Gydropark, Venetian Beach, 18 and 25 August
Thirty beautiful ladies will come together on one stage when they battle it out in the 6th annual Miss Sun City beauty competition. The winners will not only receive the title of most beautiful summer ladies, but will also walk away with some fabulous prizes. Don’t miss the chance of seeing some of the hottest women around and get yourself down to Sun City for the semi−final on 18 August and the grand final on 25 August. For reservation call 8−050−469−3836.
|Ukra Rock from the Garage - This month|
`Perlyna Stepu` in concert, Bochka (17/1 Moskovsky pr.), 26 August at21.00
`Perlyna Stepu` (A Pearl in the Steppe) are very popular amongst those who like to partake of a beer or two in the city’s art clubs while taking in some good music. Starting out simply as enthusiasts playing in basements and garages, they have gone on to become a professional band who have amassed a large following due to their quality tunes and frenetic performances. For more information call 461−87−88.
|Movie in French - This month|
Salvador Allende, Zhovten Cinema (26 Konstantinovkaya), 29 August
Here we have an interesting movie mix of languages as the Spanish movie ‘Salvador Allende’ will be shown in French with Russian subtitles. The story follows Chilean President Salvador Allende from his childhood to his suicide during the Pinochet military coup on 11 September, 1973. This is a movie covering an important historical event, but from a very personal and emotional viewpoint. For more information call 205−5951.
|If you were a betting man, Ukraine would have seemed like a good wager in the early Middle Ages. - Kyiv History|
The name ‘Ukraine’ first appears in the chronicles way back in 1187, but the country did not achieve internationally recognised independence until 1991, when the collapse of the Soviet empire facilitated the creation of Europe’s largest nation. This month sees celebrations marking the sixteenth anniversary of that declaration of independence, with the nation approaching adulthood as a much misunderstood but nonetheless emerging multi-party democracy. Why did Ukraine achieve statehood in 1991 when it had failed so many times before, and what does the historic legacy of this millennial fight for national independence mean for the
future of the country?
|Crepe De Chine - Going Out Review|
(25, Gogolevska vul.)
Coming to the charming terrace of this place is like taking a trip to Paris itself with all its romance, retiring atmosphere and narrow streets. It is a cosy little world where two people can come and lose themselves with each other while sipping light French cocktails and enjoying mouth−watering crepes forgetting about everything going on in the outside world. For early birds, Crepe−de−Chine offers a healthy breakfast, and at lunch you can sample tasty French onion soup.
|Belvedere - Going Out Review|
(1, Dniprovskuy Uzviz)
The terrace at Italian haute cuisine restaurant Belvedere certainly lives up to its billing, providing guests with magnificent views of Pechersk, the Dnipro and the Left Bank’s Rusanivka and Mykilska Slobidka. Up to eighty people can dine al fresco under the terrace’s canvas roof and its setting high atop Kyiv on a steep hill makes it a particularly pleasant cool spot during the scorching summer days. A pricey option but well worth the extra investment.
|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.