|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 35 (2007)|
28 September - 4 OctoberModern Ballet
Two stunning performances from top choreographer and his troupe
Take me out!
Just a Minute
|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
Summer is over and the long cold winter draws inexorably closer, but last weekend, in the middle of Autumn, Ukraine's weather held true to its traditions providing us all with a wonderful Indian Summer. The skies were the glorious blue of a Manchester City football shirt, and the warming rays of the sun took the edge of the slightly chilly autumn air almost making it warm enough to wear short-sleeves. Just the sort of day to take a stroll down Kreshchatyk, which, as we all know, is fantastically free of traffic at the weekends, and take advantage of some of the wonderful free entertainment on offer. As usual, there was a whole plethora of things to see and do including two young ladies - one with a flute, the other with a violin - playing some beautiful classical pieces, and a little further along there were speaker stacks cranking out the old Boney M hit, Daddy Cool. There was a little girl with the sweetest voice singing karaoke whose mum was obviously hoping she'd make it on to the hit TV show 'Karaoke on Maiden', and there was some funfair entertainment on offer too such as the little booth where they try to get passersby to part with their hard-earned cash by throwing a feather-light ball at some lead-heavy cans. And when the sun sank slowly in the west making it a little too cold to wander, the city really comes into its own offering more ballet, theatre, art and music than you can shake a stick at. Sad to say, this weekend is election weekend - everyone is talking about it, all the papers are full of it, and all the news reports focus on the latest positioning move by this party or that. Election campaigning in Ukraine is the same as it is the world over, and choosing a party to vote for is no different - you pays your money and you takes your chance, and you hope, when elected, the government does at least some of the things they promised they would. But let's hope the Indian Summer lasts until then so that if you, like me, have had enough of it all you can take a walk down Kreshchatyk (it's remarkably easy to ignore the paid protestors as long as there's not too many) and hide from it all amongst all the good things going on there. If there's anywhere better in the world where you can escape from interminable politicking than Kyiv, I've yet to find it!
|I used to be the Prime Minister, Don - Whats Up?|
Ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko met with ex-Prime Minister of Great Britain Baroness Margaret Thatcher in London last week. Taking what some called a very risky trip out of the country only a week or so prior to the elections, Yulia sought advice from the Iron Lady on the current political and economic problems in Ukraine. Yulia, of course, hopes to be Prime Minister again after 30 September elections, and old Maggie gave her some encouraging words, and wished Ukraine well in its political future. "I hope the elections will be free and fair and be a guiding light for democracy in Eastern Europe," Lady Thatcher said.
|Birthday Kisses from Yanukovych to Akhmetov - Whats Up?|
Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych congratulated Ukrainian tycoon and the main party sponser Rinat Akhmetov on his birthday 21 September, and presented him with a painting. "I congratulated him today by telephone and the present was sent yesterday - it is a painting by the famous Ukrainian artist Tetiana Yablonska," Yanukovych said.
|A Result at Last for Victims of Elite Centre Scam - Whats Up?|
In a victory for basic fairness, the Kyiv City State Administration announced last week that it planned to give free apartments to 300 of the people who were victimised in the Elite Centre housing scam that dealt Ukraine a particularly unwelcome black eye in the aftermath of the Orange Revolution. Readers will remember the Elite Center scam as the most high-profile real estate hustle that Ukraine has ever seen. Investors handed over money to a shady building company that ran off with the cash without building anything at all. Given Ukraine's still evolving judicial culture, the victims were left with little resource other than to mount chilly vigils outside the city government building on Kreshchatyk. Kyiv administration official Vitaly Zhuravsky said that the government still didn't know how many cheated investors would get free real estate beyond this 300, and that the government would move forward only after performing careful due diligence concerning what was owed to whom, because, he claimed, documents that could entitle people to property handouts were quite easy to counterfeit or to buy through shady channels.
|Josef Sabo to Lead Dynamo Kyiv Again - Whats Up?|
Twice former Dynamo coach Josef Sabo has taken over the management role of the club once again after Anatoli Demyanenko resigned following their defeat in the UEFA Champions League match against the Italian side Roma. Dynamo slumped to a 2-0 defeat in Italian Capital Rome in their opening Group F encounter. The former coach made the announcement after late-night talks with president of the club Igor Surkis who later expressed his regret at the decision. "I understand Demyanenko's request," Surkis said. "It was a hard decisions for him to make, but he convinced me that he has thought about it carefully and so I regretfully excepted his resignation. We are thankful to him for everything he has done for the side over the last two seasons."
|International Adoption - Ukraine Today|
As with many countries, child abandonment in Ukraine is a serious issue with many children all over the country ending up in children's homes. National adoption is always the tirst choice, but, even with a large number of families in the country looking to adopt, many kids, especially older ones, are left behind. International adoption is often the last chance for these children to have a happy family life,
Last year, Yuri Pavlenko, then minister for the Department of Family and "Vbuth stated at a press conference that 1,419 Ukrainian children were adopted nationally, and 2,156 internationally in the year 2005. Due to a perceived lack of control, Ukraine closed to international adoption for most of 2006, but opened once more at the beginning of this year.
|Catch Top New Spring and Summer Fashions! - Coming Soon|
Ukrainian Fashion Week, week of prkt-a-porter in Kyiv, ACCO International (40b Peremogy prosp., Pushkin Park), 11-17 October
Ukrainian fashion might not have a high profile in Europe, but its popularity is rising among Ukrainians, a sign of the domestic fashion industry’s development. Today there are a number of designers with two clothing lines who present their new collections every autumn and spring season during the event that’s the pride of fashion−conscious natives – Ukrainian Fashion Week.
|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.