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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.


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.


What's On Archive 26 (2013)

26 (2013)/2013
12 July - 18 July
Not just a French affair... Impressionism
Various Ukrainian artists are just starting to get the recognition they deserve

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Man Mows Down Child, Faces Prison Time - Whats Up?
Picture this: a man in a Volkswagen driving at speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour. Hes drunk. He hits a young girl, but doesnt stop. What he doesnt know is that due to the impact and speed at which he was driving, he kills the girl on the spot. Arrested, his licence is taken away and he is sent to jail.
This is not some wives tale told to Kyiv drivers to keep them as well as pedestrians safe while on the roads, this actually happened on 5 May on Pryrichna Street.


New Fines for Drivers! - Whats Up?
The country is looking into a new, more standard and civilised method of car parks, fining any and all who refuse to pay for parking services. Just how they plan to go about this remains unclear, especially considering parking in this country amounts to whatever available space is in sight, regardless of whether that might be on a street corner, a crosswalk, or the sidewalk itself.
Drivers failing to pay for parking services could face fines to the tune of 136 204hrv.


Kyiv Gone Crazy with Crime - Whats Up?
It was Tuesday 2 July when a 33-year-old man allegedly killed his 51-year-old wife and 24-year-old sister. Arriving at the scene of the crime, an apartment registered to the senior of the three where they lived together, police were shocked by what they found: both women stabbed numerous times, their eyes and scalps removed.
Oddly enough, the murder suspect was still in the apartment, screaming and swearing profusely, when they arrived.


The Countrys Courts Go Electronic - Whats Up?
The country may be refusing to release one of its most popular prisoners, despite almost desperate pleas from the west, but that hasnt seemed to stop it from taking some pretty big steps where its court system is concerned. Incorporating electronic subpoenas in its new bag of tricks, dont be surprised if the next time you pick up your phone to see who wants to show you a little love its the Ukrainian courts, requesting your testimony.
Thats right, the countrys pet project Electronic Court, has already kicked off in Kyivs Perchersk and Svyatoshyn district courts, as well as Kremenchugs Avtozavodsk district court, and the Courts of Appeal in the Zakarpattia and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts.


Mystical Music - This Week
An Evening of Organ Music, National House of Organ and Chamber Music (V Vasylkivska 77), 13 July at 19.30
With July, almost all of the theatres have closed for the summer; the exception being the National House of Organ and Chamber Music. With only a few concerts left before they too head off on holiday, take in this next evening of classical organ music featuring Ukraines own Iryna Kalynovska. Performed amongst the great gothic architecture, high lancet archways and stained-glass windows, Bach, Mozart, Widor and other masters of classical music have never seemed so mystical.


Creative Space - This Week
ArtPole 2013 (international, live music, theatre, art, film), Unizh Village, Ivano-Frankivsk region, 1214 July
ArtPole has proved itself as both a well-organised international event and interesting creative space, with bands from France, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia on the line-up. Count on four music and theatre stages and even more master classes than in previous years, in everything from gardening to dance.


The Best City The Best Music - This Week
The Best City International Music Festival (international, live music), Novoselytsia Park, Dnipropetrovsk region, 1214 July
Busting onto the summer party scene last year, The Best City Festival quickly became one of the most talked about events of 2012, thanks to international bands Evanescence, The Rasmus, and locals VV, Okean Elzy, Druha Rika and more.


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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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