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Brighton Journal | July 16, 2019

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“I’m stuck in Brighton, this is ridiculous!”: Humans of Brighton – Meet Urie

“I’m stuck in Brighton, this is ridiculous!”: Humans of Brighton – Meet Urie
Hannah Midgley

This week, the Brighton Journal got talking to Urie, a street performer that you are likely to recognize! Urie is originally from Russia, he came to Brighton as part of the “musical liberal movement in the nintees.”

“Suddenly the border was open for us, I didn’t plan to immigrate or anything. I just went abroad to sell something, and they said would you like to have a ride – I said why not, let’s go. So I went to look around and I never came back. That was thirty years ago.”

“I’ve been trying to come back to my music career, I used to be a choir conductor. I was educated at Moscow college, Institute of Art, but there was a recession, it was a terrible situation, there was no work, no jobs. People didn’t want to sing songs.”

“There is a contrast between West and East. When I first stepped onto English soil out of the Soviet Union I felt a huge big difference. First of all, there was no rubbish on the street. Then I saw people smiling and dressing brightly. I couldn’t believe it.”

“Then I met a British-Welsh young lady, who was teaching languages in Budapest. She came back to England and that is where our child was born. I have a few children, the first one, Eri is 27, the second child Roma lives in London and the third child, Tamara, lives in Spain.”

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