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     Print Edition: Apr 15, 2012

Banksy copycat
The elusive British street artist has inspired talent halfway around the globe.

Much like his predecessor, there's very little we know about the Russian street artist painting Moscow red. What's certain is he goes by the pen name, P183, is 28 years old, and has studied communicative design.

Reminiscent of Banksy's tongue-incheek style, P183's artwork engages in unabashed political and social commentaries with a playful, quirky edge. Scattered across Moscow's cityscape, he creates eye-catching visual illusions that explore the interaction between art and the urban environment. While some consider P183's arrival on the street art scene a threat to Banksy, it could equally be said, that the Russian has made a bold statement in favour of street art and creative expression.

Banksy himself divided the art community the world over, with many critics skeptical of his work and what it represents. There's no denying, though, the man's immense talent. So much so, that Andrew Nairne, head of arts strategy at Arts Council England and a judge for Britain's prestigious Turner Prize, once tweeted high praise for him. Banksy was never nominated for the Turner Prize, but Nairne gave him his due by saying he found his work 'smart, funny, generous and original'. The guerrilla art of Banksy and P183 might not be applauded by the mainstream art establishment, but they have transcended gallery space by appearing on our street corners. Art no longer has a snooty, uptown address.

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THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH
 
DAMIEN HIRST AT TATE MODERN
Rising from humble beginnings, this will be Hirst's first major retrospective in the United Kingdom. Known among other works for his diamond skull pieces, the artist's auctions have placed him as a leader in the world of global art. The show in London, will include 70 sculptures and will be held between April 5 and Sep 9.
Website Tate.Org.Uk

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (IFFLA)

Showcasing films about India, from India, made by Indian and international filmmakers, the IFFLA aims at propagating widespread appreciation for Indian culture and cinema. Recognising both alternative and mainstream talent, this event packs in both talent and star power from April 10 to 15.
Website IndianFilmFestival.org
 
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INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (IFFLA)
Showcasing films about India, from India, made by Indian and international filmmakers, the IFFLA aims at propagating widespread appreciation for Indian culture and cinema. Recognising both alternative and mainstream talent, this event packs in both talent and star power from April 10 to 15. Website IndianFilmFestival.org

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The 2012 IPL season will be the fifth edition of the competition established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Both the opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Chennai, home ground of the reigning champions, the Chennai Super Kings. This year's tournament lasts from April 4 to May 27.
Website IPL20.com

BUDAPEST SPRING WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 7th annual Spring Wine & Jazz Festival will be held in Óbuda, Budapest from April 8 to 10. Giving wine lovers a chance to sample some of Hungary's finest vintages, the event also showcases some popular Hungarian jazz bands with free entry to all of the concerts. This gastronomic and music festival welcomes the spring season.
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