East met West as a Fab Four tribute act rocked the University of Central Lancashire.Advertisement
Known as The Russian Batles the Balalaikas played at a city lecture theatre.
The musicians, poets and sculptors performed some of the Beatles’ biggest hits in Russian.
Lecturer in Russian studies at UCLan Dr Olga Tabachnikova said: “We were privileged to host this very special concert. This intercultural dialogue was met with delight by an enthusiastic audience of both English and Russian speakers. The sculptures made a real impression on the spectators, and the concert, involving Russian balalaika, demonstrated that real art knows no boundaries.
“We received invaluable support from the University’s technicians, specifically Toby Gregory, and staff and students from the School of Art, Design and Performance who not only helped with the music but also filmed the whole event for us. I’d like to particularly thank film student Chloe Stead for her involvement and also Daphne Saunders and Terry Quinn for generously hosting our Russian guests overnight. It was a great evening to celebrate The Beatles’ long-lasting legacy and show that political upheaval can and should be mended through cultural communications.”
The concert featured four busts of the Fab Four carved from cedar wood, which have now been donated to The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.
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