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KAZANTIP music exhibition in Crimea

by matfzapofqq Online Now Jul 13, 2007 at 7:52 AM

Hello all,
I would like to know if someone is going this summer to Popovka for the 2007 Kazantip music "festival". In fact I would like to go but I do not speak russian and I fear to be cheated by taxis or for getting accomodation there. Would there be anyone who can help me once I am in Crimea ? I have not plan my trip yet, I am still hesitating a bit.
Thank you in advance if you have any recommendation or liven help on site.

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    Re: KAZANTIP music exhibition in Crimea

    by catnl Online Now Jul 14, 2007 at 10:28 PM

    crimea is not Russia, its in Ukraine. Russian language they understand and speak, but Ukrainian is the language since 1992...
    maybe buy a traveltranslationbook or learn some important sentences before you go
    Most of the younger generation speaks English btw

    have a great time

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    Re: KAZANTIP music exhibition in Crimea

    by Dialing Online Now Jul 26, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Just noticed an interesting article about Kazantip:

    Journey & stay

    Interested? Of course you are. And the party just started this weekend, so you have plenty of time left to get there between now and the finale on August 26th. In fact, a number of friends of mine went down there for the inaugural bash, and filled my phone all weekend with tantalizing texts about the magnificent scene). So how do you get there? Easy. Held this year in Popovka, Crimea, you have a number of options. You could certainly take a bus or an overnight train to save some cash, but, if you’re like most of us, you really only have the weekend to spare, so a short flight is your best bet. With roundtrip fares from Kyiv advertised as low as150 roundtrip, you’re really not going to break the bank (but, as with most flights, the prices can vary wildly, and there’s often a number of hidden “taxes,” so call ahead, get a few quotes and be smart about it. You’re probably more likely to spend at least200, if not a little more if you buy your tickets just a few days before. KaZantip is partnered with Tourbuero tourist company, so you may want to check with them online for any more information).

    Once you land in Simferopol, you’ll need to get a cab to the site itself. This can be arranged through the KaZantip organizers, though, at 45 euros per person roundtrip. If you have a few friends with you and speak even a bit of Russian, you’re probably better off haggling with any number of taxi drivers. If you’ve ever flown into Simferopol before, you know there’s no shortage of chain-smoking men clamoring at the gates to drive you anywhere you want to go as long as the price is right. I’m told deals can be made anywhere from50 to100 per carful, depending on your haggling skills and the desperation of the driver. The ride should take a few hours, but you’ll be too excited to notice. Besides, some of the best scenery in Ukraine can be seen on the roads from Simferopol to the party site, so take a camera, and try not to be afraid when it seems that the road in front of you couldn’t possibly handle two passing cars. Such is the miracle of the peninsula.

    And your choices of lodging are as varied as the revelers themselves. There are no hotels near the Rave Republic and camping is no longer tolerated, but the organizers, once again, have everything under control. At the lowest end, for 100 euros a night, you can get the Comfort Room Plus, a standard spot with two beds and a private bathroom in a large boarding house. Extra beds cost 15 euros more a day, with a maximum of four per room. For only 20 euros more, treat yourself to the Luxurious Room, where both sleeping quarters and bathroom are bigger, you can choose between two small mattresses or a single spacious double bed, and you get air conditioning, a TV/DVD combo and a fridge. Also, you’ll be in a small cottage with a quiet backyard (never a bad thing to have a nice place to escape the madness for a few minutes) complete with BBQ. If you’re looking to splurge a little more, the Be Famous room, for 160 euros, has all the accoutrements of the former, but with a sitting room complete with divan and table, as well as a terrace. And, if you think you can make the cut, the Exclusive room, for 300 euros, has internet, a private garden, 24-hour security, with a shared billiard room, sauna, in-house swimming pool and a kitchen with a private cook. Perhaps, more importantly, the website explains that this house is “where the most beautiful dancing and party girls stay.” But there’s only two of these rooms, and applicants will be “selected.” Long-term clients are preferred for both the Be Famous and Exclusive accommodations, though money usually talks, and, if either is empty when you want to go, you can probably get a night or two. However, for those who really want to make an impression—and have the cash to do it—the Accommodation Oligarch is the only choice. For anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 euros a day, the organizers of KaZantip will get you an entire house within spitting distance of the festivities. Or, if you prefer (and why wouldn’t you?), they can get you a catamaran or yacht parked right in front of the main party beach. Good for between four and twenty people, this is the only way to roll for the monied set, spending your afternoons waving to Russian banking moguls and rap stars from hull to hull. However, if none of these options sound appealing, I’m told by those who’ve been there that there’s plenty of locals trying to capitalize off the influx of foreigners, and deals can be made outside the purview of the supreme ruler. Keep your ears open, look around, don’t be overly trusting and perhaps you can find a nicer place at a better price.

    Getting around

    As for those activities necessary to sustain life (so often forgotten at events such as this), food and water in Crimea are notoriously cheap, and there are plenty of markets where you can buy more than you’ll need of Ukraine’s perfect produce at prices that reflect only a slight markup. (There’s also a number of small cafes and bars, where you can get a shwarma or two, and even more complex dishes. But don’t expect magic: most of these employees have been up for as long as you have, so order simple). Also, keep an eye out for entrepreneurial “citiZens,” looking to make a fast buck or two selling homemade food. Look at the person closely, check out the food, and then decide if you feel comfortable enough to buy. There are plenty of safe places to exchange your euro or dollars, and ATMs abound, but there’s not many proper shops near the site, so go through your baggage twice to make sure you’ve packed everything you think you’ll need. If you have a Ukrainian cell phone, the reception should be fine (it certainly was as my friends were taunting me with there SMSs) and the temperatures in Crimea are notoriously perfect this time of year, so you can leave your corduroy at home. What’s more, if the need should arise, the supreme leader of the republic has made sure to have a team of licensed doctors and first-aid kits on hand.

    As for entry to the festival itself, if you think you’ll be visiting more than once, then the 75 euros multiaccess pass is for you, and it can be reserved it online. If you think just a night or two will be enough, daily passes are available at the gate, but you can’t get one in advance (though I’ve never heard of the party being too full to admit just one more would-be reveler). This is the last obstacle to the full five weeks of decadence and dancing.

    But, really, all the information above should be the last time you have to think about any of this nonsense. KaZantip is not about planning. It’s about the spontaneous possibilities life can offer when you’re in the middle of an autonomous republic, dancing to some of the best electronica in Europe broadcast through the latest club technology, and surrounded by thousands of fellow “paradiZers.” Any attempt to describe it does a great disservice to its unique genius. So figure out how to explain to your boss that a sick aunt needs a ride somewhere next Monday, and I’ll see you in paradiZe!

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