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Reflection: Ukrainian band Yah tell a story of isolation in this animated music video

16 February 2017 · Ukraine
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  • (Yah – Whye? / YahChannel / YouTube)

Kiev-based indie rock band Yah tell the story of a lonely, ageing emigrant in their first animated music video, inspired by Russian novelist Yuri Mamleev's short story Reflection.

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BBC documentary explores Russia’s football fan culture

16 February 2017 · Russia
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Scene from Russia’s Hooligan Army, BBC

Tonight the BBC will air Russia's Hooligan Army, a documentary offering a glimpse into Russian football fan culture ahead of millions of international fans travelling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

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Direct UK—Georgia flight to launch this summer

16 February 2017 · Kutaisi · Georgia
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  • (Image: wizzair.com / Facebook)

  • Kutaisi (Image: Kober under a CC licence)

Hungarian budget airline WizzAir is set to launch the first direct flight between the UK and Georgia, with their London Luton — Kutaisi route scheduled to begin in summer 2017.

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OFF: party in a former Soviet factory with the creators of Present Perfect

15 February 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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St Petersburg dark wave act Inga Mauer (Image: Inga Mauer / Facebook)

23 February will see the launch of OFF — a series of five unique music events by musical collective and record label​ Roots United​, the team behind St Petersburg's Present Perfect Festival.

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What would social media have looked like in 1917?

15 February 2017 · Russia
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(Image: Project1917 / Facebook)

1917: Free History, an innovative new project that lets you experience the leadup to the Russian Revolution in the form of a social media feed, has now launched in English.

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Publishers in Ukraine angry at government’s Russian book ban

15 February 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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Ukrainian publishers have spoken out against their government's ban on importing books from Russia, arguing that it will lead to the establishment of a black market and have a detrimental effect on the domestic publishing industry.

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Reflect on movement and space with yoga in Slovenia’s historic Javorca church

15 February 2017 · Slovenia
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  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

Slovenian architect and performer Anja Humljan has collaborated with photographer Primož Lukežič to explore the connection between architecture and the body. In this photo series, Humljan investigates and reflects on the architecture of the historic Javorca church through physical movement within the sacred space.

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Mass resignation the latest hurdle in Kiev’s turbulent journey to Eurovision

15 February 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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  • (LIVE - Jamala - 1944 (Ukraine) at the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Amid preparations already fraught with controversy and challenges, Kiev's quest to host this year's Eurovision Song Contest has hit another significant road bump — 21 high-level members of the organising team have just resigned.

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Since being forced to play old music, Bulgarian National Radio is more popular than ever

14 February 2017 · Bulgaria
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The management at Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) might be thanking their lucky stars that they got embroiled in a copyright battle, leaving the station permitted to only play music produced before 1945 — since waving goodbye to music from this side of the Second World War, the broadcaster has seen audiences grow by 20 per cent.

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Geometry of now: Moscow power station hosts investigation in sound

14 February 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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  • GES-2 (Image: Gleb Leonov)

  • GES-2 (Image: Ivan Erofeev)

  • GES-2 (Image: Sergey Sapazhnikov)

From 20 — 27 February, Moscow's GES-2 power station will be transformed into a site of sonic experimentation for V-A-C Foundation's Geometry of Now project.

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