The pre-sale for our forthcoming American tour is still open… but not forever!
Closing tomorrow at 5pm ET:
18th Oct – Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
25th Oct – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
27th Oct – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
28th Oct – Richmond, VA – The National
Snap up tickets before it shuts, because not only will you be guaranteed the night of your life, you’ll save a few bucks into the bargain!
None of those close to you? There are plenty of other dates up for grabs, so take a look at the current tour schedule. And if we’re not coming to your town this time, we’ll try and make it next tour.
pre-sale :: full schedule
COMPLETE ERADICATION OF ANYTHING AUTHENTIC IS THE DARK THEME OF OUR TIMES.
SOMETIMES IT’S TRANSPARENT, SOMETIMES IT’S BRUTALLY OBVIOUS LIKE THE STRUGGLE OF SULUKULE, THE GYPSY NEIGHBORHOOD OF ISTANBUL. WITH OUR LIVES AND WORK WE TRY TO BRIGHTEN UP THESE DARK MOMENTS. SOMETIMES OUR EFFORTS ARE TRANSPARENT; SOMETIMES IT REALLY WORKS.
A YEAR AGO WE WENT TO SULUKULE TO EXPRESS THE UNITY WITH ITS RESIDENTS. WHAT WE SAW BROUGHT TO LIFE AN ACTIVIST SONG OF DOCUMENTARY NATURE, ‘EDUCATE THY NEIGHBOR’. THE RESPONSE TO THE SONG – IT’S WORTH TO KEEP TRYING AT ALL TIMES. POSITIVE FORCES OF TURKISH PRESS USED IT AS A GREAT SUPPORT FOR SULUKULE. IT SEEMS THAT EDUCATION OF THE BRUTES IS POSSIBLE, AND WE ARE PROUD TO BE OF HELP.
PLEASE TAKE A SECOND TO LOOK INTO THE CASE OF SULUKULE, WHOSE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.
HERE IS THE SONG AS WELL, AS YOU MIGHT OF HEARD IT AT LATEST GB SHOWS.
GB PERFORMS NEW SONG: SULUKULE (EDUCATE THY NEIGHBOR)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LYRICS
READ MORE ABOUT SULUKULE
THANK YOU JAPAN AND SUMMER SONIC FESTIVAL!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE ENERGY AND THE GREAT PUMPING VIBES OF THE SHOWS, AFTERPARTYS AND THE EARTHQUAKES TOO!
RESPECTUS MAXIMUS TO JAPANSKY GB FAN CLUB OF OSAKA AND TOKYO!
We’ve added more shows in December… see the tour page for details!
Pre-sale is now open for the US dates: http://gogolbordello.tickets.musictoday.com/GogolBordello/calendar.aspx
US and Canadian tour dates for October now online ! Pre-sale starts on Friday, info to follow…
Last summer, GB visited the oldest Rom settlement in the world: Sulukule in Istanbul, Turkey (you can read more about the visit here ).
Despite a thousand-year heritage, authorities are allowing the destruction of Sulukule to make way for a brand new building development. Check out the more recent photos…
However, there is still hope!
The pressures by the local and international media and institutions, including the threat of UNESCO about taking Istanbul out of the World Heritage List due to the violations against conventions, raised an interest in the alternative efforts spent by the volunteers of the STOP project.
In June 2009, the president of TOKI invited the volunteers of the STOP project to Ankara in order to present it. Upon this request representatives of the volunteers had a meeting with TOKI in Ankara and explained the main approach of the project. TOKI asked the volunteers to revise the project in one month time according to the current situation of the neighborhood, which was demolished almost entirely by then. After the meeting, a new workshop (Sulukule Studio), initially consisted of Sulukule Platform and Solidarity Atelier but open to any participation and support, has started to work on the alternative project. At the moment, this workshop is in full progress for an alternative plan that aims to regain the housing rights of Sulukule residents and minimize the damage that has been caused so far. The initial decisions were shared with a larger public and the media in two meetings and a huge support was received.
As the volunteers of the alternative project, we would like to make an urgent call to the concerned institutions to give their support at this critical period in order to encourage TOKI to consider the alternative project seriously. We have prepared a sample letter for the institutions to fax the president of TOKI, Erdogan Bayraktar, at (0090) 312 266 77 48.
However, we would like to stress that we would appreciate the institutions prepare their own versions of this letter.
Please forward a copy of the fax to the e-mail provided below.
Thank you very much for your support.
e-mail: aysimt (at) yahoo.com
You can find a sample letter here at No-Racism.net . Support the people of Sulukule!
Check out this awesome review of our set at the All Points West festival last weekend!
"Gogol Bordello took everyone by surprise. Their Euro-gypsy two step rhythm piqued everyone’s interest, their grimy guitar licks attracted even the purest Tool fan, and their eclectic cast of characters made it hard to look away. They really threw a wrench in the works. Probably the most unique act of the festival. Kudos."
– Philebrity.com , 3 August 2009
International Remembrance Day for Roma Victims of the Porrajmos (Holocaust) is on August 2nd.
On this day in 1944, thousands of Roma were gassed in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Jewish survivors said the sky was lit up all night by the crematory burning, and "the women were fighting for the life of their children". On August 3rd, Auschwitz–Birkenau was "Zigeunerfrei" (Free of Gypsies).
Romani groups have begun an international action day: ‘Together against Antigypsyism’.
PLEASE REMEMBER THEM.