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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 43 (2007)|
23 November - 29 November
Ten Years of Ukraine’s Top 20
DJ Pasha celebrates the 10th birthday of his much-loved radio programme
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|From THE EDITOR (43) - Editorial|
Two major events in Ukraine's history are 1 marked this week - the manufactured famine of 1932-33 known as Holodo-mor, and the start of the 2004 street protests that would become known around the world as the Orange Revolution. Ho-lodomor, which claimed the lives of as many as 10 million Ukrainians making it bigger than the Holocaust, remained a carefully kept secret during Soviet times, but since then news of this dire tragedy has come to the world's attention. President Viktor Yushchenko campaigned hard to have it recognised as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people, and it was only passed by parliament in autumn 2006. Slowly but surely, other countries have officially recognised the tragedy, the latest of which being Ecuador of all places. A huge amount of controversy still surrounds the enforced famine, with many saying it was not a deliberate act of genocide, but simply bad management. However, the fact that the Soviet regime removed all crops from most rural areas in Ukraine leaving the population to starve to death, and the human horror associated with this act, cannot be avoided. This week What's On examines the events leading up to the Holodomor and the gruesome consequences that overwhelmed a great deal of the Ukrainian population. Ukraine has suffered many dark moments in its past, but this has to be one of the darkest, and there will be various events going on around the city to commemorate those who lost their lives. If Holodomor was one of the darkest times for the country, the Orange Revolution has to be one of the brightest. Having been torn apart throughout history and oppressed under the Soviets, independence didn't make things a whole lot better for most Ukrainians due to a corrupt government and greedy oligarchs willing to strip the country bare. Eventually, after obviously falsified presidential elections results, the good people of this great country said enough is enough, took to the streets in protest and won. However, the political leaders failed to deliver on their promises, and infighting between the so-called orange parties caused a collapse of the coalition which resulted in the return to power of Yanukovych and his Party of Regions leaving many disillusioned. Three years on with the political infighting continuing and the country going without a government for over six months many a doom monger hails this great rising of people as a failure, but while the orange parties may not have done what they should have, the country now benefits from irreversible changes brought about by the 2004 street protests. In this issue, What's On journalist Anatoli Artemenko takes a look at the positive results of the people of Ukraine's rising against corruption and fraud. Despite all this, life goes on in the great city of Kyiv, and heartthrob Enrique Iglesias is coming to town this week, so girls, get your underwear ready for throwing!
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Coal Mine Death Toll Could Rise to 100 - Whats Up?|
More than 4,700 miners have been killed in Ukraine since the Soviet UNI0N collapsed, and scores more were added to the tragic list last Sunday, when a methane gas blast ripped through the Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk. At least 70 miners are so far officially dead, said deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev, chairman of the governmental commission for liquidating the emergency.
|Ice, Snow, and Broken Bones - Whats Up?|
Winter came a bit early this year and has apparently decided to stay, meaning that Kyivans can look forward to another five months' worth of icy sidewalks around the capital. Actually, the treacherous slipperiness of the city's pavements is one of the things that surprises Western visitors to a city in which the culture of snow removal is not, so to speak, highly advanced. Since it often isn't cleared from Kyiv sidewalks, the white stuff gets impacted down until many walkways resemble bumpy, tilted icerinks. Doctors report that the number of people coming into hospitals with broken bones from falling on the sidewalks skyrockets during the winter, and it's the rare Kyiv resident who hasn't slipped and fallen at least once. Why is this so? One reason is that many of Kyiv's sidewalks are made of a smooth stone that becomes slippery when snowy. A bigger reason is that the communal services, and not private citizens, are responsible for clearing the snow and ice from sidewalks in front of buildings. As everybody knows, when the communal services are responsible for something, it doesn't necessarily get done. This stands in distinction to the situation in the West, where every private resident or business owner is responsible for making sure the sidewalk in front of his house remains passable. The system is enforced by hordes of personal injury lawyers, who are only too happy to sue on behalf of people who fall and bruise their elbows. We wouldn't wish an over-litigious culture on Ukraine, but it remains the case that navigating around this city is unnecessarily hazardous. Perhaps the city services could get a little more on the job?
|Vin Diesel to Play Lenin in New Movie - Whats Up?|
Here's one of the stranger bits of casting news to come out of the international film industry in a while: American action-movie semi-star Vin Diesel, he of the massive biceps, macho bald head and thick New York City tough-guy accent will be playing Vladimir Lenin in an upcoming film. The movie, by Russian director Viktor Konisevich, is called 'Tresk' ('Crack'), and it's about an inventor around the time of the Bolshevik Revolution who invents a time machine that transports Lenin from his own era into ours. Konisevich is known so far mostly for making music videos and for the television series 'Day of Rage', and little more information about the new movie's plot is known than that offered above, besides that Aleksey Panin, Stanislav Lyubin and other big Russian actors will appear in the production. Presumably the film will be Russian, which raises questions, since Diesel is not famous for his facility even with his native English. Will he speak the Russian of the famously well-spoken founder of the Soviet UNI0N? Will his lines be dubbed? Is it a speaking part at all? News is that Diesel is also working on playing the new T-800 in the upcoming 'Terminator' sequel, which would seem to be more his speed.
|Bryan Adams Is Back - Live musik|
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is one world superstar who means it when he says he’s coming to play Kyiv. On the verge of visiting Ukraine for the third time, he’s promising that his upcoming Palace Sport show will be a great one. He talked to What’s On about inspiration, charity work, and why he’s not in it for the money.
|International Basketball: BC Kyiv vs. Artland Dragons - Coming Soon|
BC Kyiv vs. Artland Dragons (Germany), Palace Sport (1 Sportyvna Ploscha), 4 December at 20.00
Leading in the UNI0N of European Basketball Leagues (ULEB) Cup, Group H, BC Kyiv will come home to play the Artland Dragons from over Germany way. The Dragons have been successful in their ULEB Cup debut, too. Coach Chris Fleming’s German squad won their Cup premiere, beating French competitor Elan Bearnais Pau−Orthez by a decisive 85−74. Dragons top scorer Lamont McIntosh scored 14 points last game, and the boys from Kyiv will have to neutralise his offensive threat. This match is an excellent chance to see an excellent German side. For more information call 246−7406.
|Top Stars Perform to Raise AIDS Awareness in Ukraine - Coming Soon|
SOStradaniye charity concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 1 December at 16.00
On the occasion of International AIDS Awareness Day, Lilia Podkopayeva`s Health of the Generations Fund is organising this charity concert in which top Ukrainian celebrities like Ani Lorak, Tina Karol, Olexandr Ponamoriv, Vitaliy Kozlivsky, Gaitana, Alibi, S.K.A.I, El Kravchuk, and Podkopayeva herself, along with the Freedom ballet and many more acts will perform. The money collected from the concert will support HIV positive people. Tickets are 20−300 hrv. For booking call 287−8787.
|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.