GREECE: Sprayer APSET – Visual Artist and Mighty Murals

Thessaloniki is a true street art and graffiti paradise. The streets, walls and houses are all over paved with scriptures, shapes and color. Of course, that includes a lot of smears and ugly stuff, but also a lot of high quality works. And in between, the huge and unbelievably good murals are shining on the facades of entire blocks of flats tower over the rooftops. One of the creators of these extensive city monuments is Stelios, better known by his artist name APSET. We met the creative guy for an interesting interview.

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JAPAN: Grind Records – Osaka Vinyl Store

Today we have some more insight into the Japanese music scene and here is an article about a cool record store in Osaka. I wrote already about the Drum & Bass events in the land of the rising sun. In that previous article is an interview with the UNSALTED founder and organisator Munetoshi Maruyama or just Maru. For recording that interview we needed a place to meet with Maru and DJ Fetus, they suggested the place G.R. Café Terrace. First I thought I would be just a small café or a bar. Actually it is, but as well much more. The place is the homebase of the labels Grind Records and Undergrind. There is a record store included, a lounge where you can get several cocktails and craft beers and as well delicious food. They have cloths and streetwear, magazines and dj equipment and a room where you can get a bit louder and use this dj equipment, make sounds and dance. And of course there are heaps of vinyls and records.

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ALBANIA: Tirana´s Creative Pirates

There is a lot going on at the moment in Albania and overall in the capital Tirana. You see construction all over the country, buildings and new infrastructure just pop up everywhere from the ground, you just can see the development during the process. The country receives a lot of input, support and money from the EU especially for restoring and renovating the UNESCO heritages, for new roads and new facilities, as well tourism-oriented projects, to get the economy running. They are building everywhere you look. And they are not just behaving like there would be some construction, it really gets build and this happens fast.

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KYRGYZSTAN: Kloop Radio Kyrgyzstan

We want to present you a new and interessting radio projekt of the Kloop Media Foundation in Kyrgyzstan which you should support. Ilona Pfeffer started with a lot of effort to built up a new online radio which went on air in 2014: Kloop Radio. Meanwhile the radio has about 60.000 listeners monthly and has a 24/7 programm.

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GERMANY: Niko Neuwirth – Frankfurter Nächte, „FACING EUROPE“ and „Analog Frankfurt

We had the artist Niko Neuwirth in the studio at Radio X as a guest. A talented photographer and busy actor in the Frankfurt scene. Niko is a member of the Syndikat Artists, takes photos for the Landungsbrücken, is a studio neighbor of the Tanzhaus West, is currently rebuilding the Blaue Haus and continuously fills his creative photo series “Frankfurter Nächte“, “FACING EUROPE” and “Analog Frankfurt” with new ones works. The WILD exhibition was also in the Haus am Dom. Here is the podcast of the interview (in German), in the article you will find quotes and more information about Nikos work. In the Infothek at the end are all contact details.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Boulders Penguin Colony – Simon´s Town

On the southern Cape Peninsula between Cape Town and the Cape of Good hope there is a little penguin sanctuary which is quite worth a stop. Especially if you like those little fellows. You can observe them while they are chilling around at the beach and by entering the breeding station you support with your entrance fee the protection of the animals and the team which is working to provide that.

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GREECE: Thessaloniki – Vibrant city built on cities

It doesn´t matter when you go to Thessaloniki, maybe in winter you won´t go swimming, but this city offers just a wonderful combination of the necessary ingredients to have a desired enjoyable quality of life. I could definitely imagine living there for some month or years. The food is fantastic, the people are cool, sympathetic, social and quite open minded. But still stubborn, of course, they are Greek. But stubborn in a nice meaning. They do it their way. And what I observed I really liked, in a lot of aspects a combination of the old with the new, making something different out of it, but without forgetting anything. Everything stays preserved. In Thessaloniki I could meet interesting people who showed me new innovative ideas in which direction Greek culture can go. We went to amazing and entertaining night clubs, one located in an old Hamam, the other homagely named after the German capital Berlin with a taste of its music. And not to mention, the food is just super awesome.

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OMAN: Sultanate Streetart

With this country we were really faced with a whole new challenge. Find graffiti and street art in Oman? … Hmmm … is there anything like that? First of all, we can say that so much can be found in architectural art and in a beautiful natural landscape. But with murals it looks more difficult. The whole sultanate consists almost entirely of desert and in the cities everything is kept very „uniform“ and regulated. Nevertheless, Oman is one of the more open and liberal countries on the Arabian Peninsula, worth a visit. And we still found some graffiti stuff, but then you have to look very carefully.

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ARGENTINA: Streetart Palermo

If you calculate the whole area together, then the city is not much bigger than Frankfurt in Germany. But therefore it has a habitation of about three million people. And if you count all the suburbs and connected districts as well you will be fast cross the ten million line. So many  people and so many interessting stories. In Buenos Aires live a lot of different folks from all around Argentina and Southamerica, it´s the little New York of the South wth all its different styled quarters. Here we go now for the neighbourhood Palermo.

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BRITAIN: Awesome Painter – Philip Cross

Coincidence or destiny? We had a special and creative encounter in the land of the rising sun after a long day of sightseeing in Hiroshima. During our trip to Japan, we came across the painter Philip Cross, who himself was on an inspirational journey through Asia. Deep in painting and flipping through his sketches, he sat at the table, listening to music and seemed inconspicuous at first. But the drawings spoke for themselves and in conversation Philip told of his previous experiences and the art. The deep passion for painting was equally clear, he draws from passion and is almost driven away. In a positive way.

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