Press Release- Paul Announces Kiev Date

Press Release- Paul Announces Kiev Date

Paul McCartney Announces Free Historic Concert 'Independence
Concert' Kiev Independence Square, Ukraine Saturday 14th June 2008

On Saturday 14th June 2008, at the invitation of the Victor Pinchuk
Foundation, Paul McCartney will perform to hundreds of thousands of
people in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. This groundbreaking
event has been named Independence Concert and was launched today in
Kiev by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

Paul's special show will be free to attend and will be broadcasted
live on Novy TV. This exciting event will be seen as symbolic for
several generations of Ukrainians. It will allow people of different
ethnicities and religions, political preferences and geopolitical
orientations to come together around the ideas of peace, love and
unity; the very ideas that Paul McCartney with The Beatles helped
bring into the World. Independence Concert is an independent social
initiative that aims to strengthen the confidence and understanding in
the Ukrainian society.

The ideology and spirit of The Beatles helped build the democratic
aspirations for much of the soviet society and eventually led to the
peaceful collapse of the USSR and independence of the former Soviet
republics. Independence Concert appeals to the ideals that helped 30
years ago to melt down the ice of the 'Àúcold war' in
the hearts of millions and changed the world into a better place.
Today the ideology that forms the core of Ukrainian independence is
shared with Paul McCartney's own ideology.

Independence Concert serves to promote happiness, freedom, love and
peace not only in the Ukraine but also to the entire World. It is
planned that this historic concert will be broadcast live on screens
in cities across the Ukraine for those who can't make it to Kiev. Paul
McCartney said: "I'm very excited because on the 14th of June
I've been invited to play a concert in Independence Square, Kiev. Me
and the band are going to be there and we're going to have to a great
evening and we hope to see you there. So come along, it's going to be
great evening hopefully for the Ukraine. Pull together, groove, rock
and roll all together"

Victor Pinchuk, Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist and
founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation said: One could not imagine
this 30 years ago. Nobody could even dare to hope for this 20 years
ago. One could only dream about it 10 years ago. 5 years ago we could
only envy our neighbours for whom this became a reality. And finally
the day has come. For the first time we have the opportunity to hear
the songs that changed the world and created a new culture. The songs
that we grew up with and became who we are. These songs tell us about
very simple but nevertheless important things: real love can't be
bought and that real friendship can't be sold. There is much more to
what unites people than what divides them, and in reality it's not an
impossible task to become a better person and to make the world a
better place, especially if you do it all together. Recently, we had
not so many reasons to unite. Not to group under some political flags
but to really gather all together.

There are not so many ways to bring together the East and the West,
to make the young and the mature closer, to combine different
convictions and aspirations into one common national idea of building
a free, tolerant and prosperous country. And I believe that this
initiative and the concert can help us" In addition to the
concert the Victor Pinchuk Foundation will also be exhibiting 40 of
Paul's paintings at the Pinchuk Art Centre, the largest in Eastern
Europe. This will be Paul's first exhibition in this part of the
world. His first art exhibition was in Siegen, Germany in 1999. Paul
will personally open the exhibition.

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