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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 5 (2008)|
15 February - 21 February
The Celestial Voice of Alex Luna
The man who sings soprano tells all about his life and music
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|From THE EDITOR (?5) - Editorial|
I saw a wonderful thing the other ' day. For you to fully understand how wonderful this was to me, I need to go back a little, so bear with me. I tend to walk everywhere in Kyiv, and I do this for two reasons. Firstly, I like walking. It is a very good, and oft forgotten form of exercise. Secondly, I wouldn't drive here because the place just seems to be one big traffic jam. In fact, even when I relent and get in a taxi, I often find myself five minutes into the journey paying the driver the full amount and getting out to walk because I can blatantly see that the pedestrians on the pavement are travelling faster than I am. However, walking has become a dangerous practise on the beautiful tree-lined boulevards of this wonderful town, largely due to the traffic which often takes to the pavements when the roads are all snarled. At first I used to be shocked and become quite irate while innocently strolling down a pavement, only to have a car come racing up behind me with its driver impatiently blasting its horn... At me! As if I was a nuisance and he was perfectly entitled to shorten his journey by five seconds by putting my life in danger. And to all intents and purposes he was, because the police did absolutely nothing about this extremely dangerous practise. One of the most frightening places to stroll, I have found, is Volodyymyrsky Uzviz running from European Square down to Poshtova Ploscha - a walk I often take to get to and from the office which should be pleasant due to the parks and trees but on more than one occasion has nearly cost me my life due to the reckless impatience of many drivers whose time is too precious to wait in the queue and who instead hurtle up (or down) the pavement at ridiculous speeds. So, what was this wonderful thing I saw the other day? Well, one day last week I started down Volodyymyrsky Uzviz at a time when the traffic was heavy (when is there a time when it isn't?), fully expecting to be dodging cars all the way down, and then I saw it - a queue of cars all halted on the pavement, and at the front of the queue were two traffic cops duly booking them all! It was a delight to walk the rest of the way down the hill, seeing the cars taking to the pavement completely unaware that they were going to get done for it at the top. Apparently, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has ordered a crackdown on dangerous driving in the city, and I was witness to it. For me now, it doesn't matter what else she does while in charge, I will love her forever, and if I had a vote she would get it every time!
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Russia Bans Tom Hanks - Whats Up?|
‘Charlie Wilson’s War’, the Hollywood film about a Texas Con− gressman, played by Tom Hanks, who succeeds in arming Afghan resistance fighters against the Soviet invasion, has run into trouble in Russia. The film will no longer be available for rent and a number of Russian viewers of it have reportedly gone to court against the filmmakers, whom they claim “portray Soviet citizens as inveterate murderers, ripping the arms off Afghan children and shooting pregnant women.”
|Shopping Mall Coming Down - Whats Up?|
Good news for those hoping that Ukraine rallies and manages to get ready for the Euro 2012 football championships, which it’s scheduled to host with Poland: that shopping mall right next to Republican Sta− dium will partially be ripped down, in accordance with the tournament organisers’ wishes.
|Alleged Pervert Apprehended - Whats Up?|
Kyiv’s concerned citizens are breathing a little easier, as the notori− ous Holoseevsky Pervert (as he was never actually called to our knowledge) has been arrested by the brave tribunes of Ukraine’s justice system. Apparently the 31−year−old creep, who remains unnamed, has been showing up at Kyiv middle schools, including Schools No. 36, 227, and 220, and undressing in front of the pre− adolescent kiddies, inspiring what’s either disgust, abject fear, or stirrings of curiosity. In case you were wondering, flashing minors violates Article 156 of Ukraine’s Criminal Codex, violation of which can earn its violator up to three years in the lock−up.
|Another Gas Crisis? - Whats Up?|
If it’s deepest winter here in the former USSR it must be time for another gas crisis, and leaders in Ukraine and Russia seem to be doing their best to create one. As this magazine goes to print, Ukrainians – and Europeans, who also stand to be affected – are wondering whether at some point on 11 February the blue−flame pilot−lights will flicker out in kolonkas across this frosty country, Russia’s Gazprom having turned off the taps. What’s behind the current gas crisis? As is so often the case when it comes to Eastern Europe’s murky gas industry, it’s ultimately hard to tell. The last gas crisis, in early January of 2006, was a more straightforward matter of Russia demanding that Ukraine pay more for gas it had long been getting at sub−market prices – a holdover from the Soviet days, and a function of “friendship of nations.”
|The Fashion Season Starts - Coming Soon|
Trademark Defile, leading Ukrainian clothing brands on display, Alta Expo (11a Moskovsky Pros.), from 29 February
In March 2006, Ukrainian Fashion Week launched its Trademark Defile project to promote the best Ukrainian fashion brands. In winter 2007, due to an unexpected level of interest, it separated from Fashion Week and became an independent event. At the end of February well−known Ukrainian brands and up and coming names alike will present their latest collections on the catwalk, raising awareness of the high quality of fashion design in the country. Starting 11 March, the winter/fall pret− a−porter collections will be on show at the Acco International Centre. For more information go to www. fashionweek.com.ua or call 201−0508.
|Calling All Teeny Boppers - Coming Soon|
Maksim in concert, Palace Sport (1 Sportyvna Pl.), 26 March at 19.00
If there were a musical genre that was the equivalent to the soap operas on TV, Maksim would be the most popular act in it. The band’s songs ‘This My Paradise’, ‘Tenderness’, and ‘Do You Know’ are popular everywhere Russian is spoken and they do get the little girls bawling. ‘For teens only’ is what people say about these guys, but actually the audience for their skilful pop is stronger than that. Tickets are 50−150hrv. For more information 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.