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· October, 2007

Stories about Arts & Culture from October, 2007

Ukraine: Construction in Kyiv; Catherine II in Odesa

Ukrainiana writes about “sardine-packed construction” in Kyiv and the dedication of the monument to Catherine II in Odesa – and posts videos of the related violence.

Ukraine: History of Music

Ukrainian Musical Matters posts a concise but comprehensive review of Ukrainian music – from 20,000 years ago to the present.

Ukraine: Sean Carr

Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about Sean Carr, lead singer of Death Valley Screamers and Yulia Tymoshenko's son-in-law.

Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk

Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer of Okean Elzy band, his political views and political involvement.

Saudi Arabia: Featuring Artists

Saudi blogger Dua'a promises to feature artists from Arabia in her new blog United Bloggers of Arabia.

Japan: Kameda hits below the belt

(In)famous for their big mouths and bad behaviour, coupled with showy performances such as singing karaoke after their victories in the ring, the Kamedas have become the media's favourite boxing...

Tajikistan: Cultural Starvation

C opines on the cultural environment in Tajikistan after visiting a concert of the new pop-band and says that cultural life in this country is stewing in it own juice...

Kyrgyzstan: Modern Horse Games

CXW takes a look at the new type of sports entertainment in Kyrgyzstan, a horseball, which is a modern version of the local traditional sport of kok boru.

Israel: New Design Blog

A new blog on design and aesthetics has been launched by Israeli blogger Ziva. Husband Harry makes the announcement here.

Russia: Mikhalkov's “12”

Ntalia Anonova reviews Nikita Mikhalkov's “12”: “The movie isn’t some exotic, tourist-y, BBC “country profile”-y jaunt through an ethnic conflict. It crushes you, resuscitates you, crushes you some more.”

Russia: Murals at Babushkinskaya

Moscow Through Brown Eyes posts pictures of the new murals at one of Moscow's residential neighborhoods, created by Russian and Dutch graffiti artists.

Russia: Bukovsky on Putin's Prison Slang

Former dissident Vladimir Bukovsky says president Vladimir Putin doesn't understand the prison camp slang he sometimes uses, Window on Eurasia reports.

Russia: Miss Russia 2007

The Turkish Invasion blogs about Miss Russia 2007 contest.

Lebanon: Polemic and nature

Moustafa from Beirut Spring's blog noted in one of his latest posts that Lebanon is “dropping French.” Somehow that claim is true; Lebanese francophone blogs are few and different from...

Japan: Design Week 2007

Pingmag shows how the design week exhibition (Oct 31 to Nov 4) would look like.

China: Graffiti Found

Meckleychina found some graffiti in Shanghai Yangpu district. (via shanghaiist)

Russia: Artists for Khodorkovsky, Against Putin

Robert Amsterdam reports on a classical music concert in Paris in support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other political prisoners, and on the anti-Putin part of the Russian community of “cultural...

Russia: Campaign Singing

Elections in Russia reports on the singing dimension of this year's campaign.

Poland: Islamic Cultural Center in Krakow?

The beatroot writes about plans to build an Islamic cultural center in Krakow.

Brazil: “Haiti is here, Haiti is not here”

Haiti has become a regularly commented on issue on the Brazilian blogosphere. The special connection between Brazil and Haiti was initiated in 2004, when Brazilian troops started to participate in...

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