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Tunnelling Towards Hope


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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

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 EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys 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.

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Ukraine Today
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.

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Ukrainian Culture

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.

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Bars & Pubs


Irish Pub "To Dublin" 
4 R.Okipna Str., M. Levoberzhna
Tel.: 569-5531
Open: 10.00 - 24.00
Wide selection of beers, Irish and european cuisine, hot parties, cozy atmosphere.

Le Cosmopolite Belgian Beer Cafe
47 Volodymyrska vul.
Tel.: 278-7278
Open: 11.00 - 23.00
Heaven in the heart of the city. Enjoy the cuisine of the world! The best kinds of Belgian beer.

Fiji Bar
14-v Sahaydachnoho vul.
(through "Corsair" restaurant)
Tel.: 425-5578
Open 24hours
Cosy atmosphere and stylish interior including decor from Fiji islands.

Piano Bar
4 Museyny Provulok
Tel.: 278-7208
Open: 10.00 - 02.00
Piano bar with excellent selection of wines and menu available till midnight.

O'Brien's

17a Mykhailivska vul.
Tel.: 279-1584
Open: 08.00 - 02.00
Our reputation is based on the exceptional quality of food and drink.

The Wall
2 Bessarabka pl.,
Tel: 235-8045
Open: 11.00 - 02.00
European cuisine, wide range of beer, perfect menu for big companies, a broad casting of TV shows

Tato Fashion Club

6/11 Sofyi Perovskoyi vul.
Tel.: 456-1782
Open: from 20.00 till the last visitor leaves
Cocktail bar with exotic cocktails  and sexy bar-maids. Football on big screen.

Belle Vue Belgian Beer Cafe
7 Saksahanskoho vul.
Tel.: 289-8780
Open: 11.00 - 23.00
The taste of Belgium in the centre of Kyiv! Belgium's best known beers.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt 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 dont understand the meaning of these words.


Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens 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. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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