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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: the clock tower with the new lights.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the aerial show on the palace of the post in Victory square.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the aerial show on the palace of the post in Victory square.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Darkness for Nepal's Earthquake Survi...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By vincenzo floramo
10 May 2015

On April 25, 2015 a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing thousands and leaving the country struggling to recover. Two weeks later, survivors experienced another two major earthquakes, leaving them in an uncertain situation, where nature seemed to decide their fate without warning. The most dramatic times come at night when the city streets and mountain paths are wrapped in darkness. If the earth starts trembling, sleep can betray you. People sleep outside, stay up to maintain security in their neighborhoods or just suffer from insomnia and stay awake out of habit. Today, Nepal is living a nightmare, even during the day, where continuos aftershocks remind people that their home stands on the seismic hot zone where the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate - giving birth to the Himalayas.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
10 May 2015

People left homeless by the earthquake still sleep in the open air in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. More than a half-million tents are needed for the huge numbers of people forced from their homes by Nepal's devastating earthquake.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
10 May 2015

A building lies in ruin between the ancient Durbar Square quarter of Kathmandu and the tourist area Thamel. The total numbers of foreigners who fell victim to the earthquake are still unknown.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

A victim of the earthquake stands outside a tent in the Durbar Square area, the ancient historical city center of Kathmandu. Durbar Square was one of the areas of the capital most damaged in the earthquake.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

Groups of citizens in Bhaktapur organize night shifts working as security guards around the city to avoid robberies inside abandoned houses.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

A statue of the monkey-god Hanuman stands intact between the ruins of Kasthamandap temple and Durbar square.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

Entire areas of the ancient city of Kathmandu remain in danger of collapsing in aftershocks. Many roadblocks are in place to avoid people walking through.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

The Nepali army has closed the entry to Durbar square in Kathmandu from 7pm to 6am for security reasons.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

A Nepali army officer walks during a nighttime rain storm in Durbar square. As the rainy season is approaching in Nepal, the danger of more landslides and collapsed buildings is increasing.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

Displaced people camp right in front Durbar Square. Nepal's Government fired a "warning shot" at landlords, saying any property owner who tried to profit from a devastating quake that left thousands of families homeless would face legal action.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
06 May 2015

In Bhaktapur, a portrait remains intact on the wall of a destroyed house after the violent earthquake struck Nepal on April 15th.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
06 May 2015

Two drunk friends walk together late at night between the rubble of downtown of Bhaktapur, now mostly destroyed.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
05 May 2015

Resident of Bhaktapur hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of three young friends that died together under the rubble after the earthquake on the 25th of April.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
04 May 2015

Earthquake victims warm themselves around a fire amid the ruins of the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
04 May 2015

Family members of a deceased person shave their hair following tradition after the body of their relative has been cremated at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

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Kodari
By vincenzo floramo
30 Apr 2015

Dozens of people sleep in the open air in Kodari on the Tibet Chinese border. Thousands of people have remained blocked for more than a week in the area.

The Araniko Highway connecting Kathmandu and China has been obstructed at various points as result of landslides provoked by the earthquake.

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Kodari
By vincenzo floramo
30 Apr 2015

Nepali tourists sleep inside their car in a popular spot in Kodari village near the Chinese border. Truck drivers and families on holiday have been stuck for more than week due to the earthquake.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
29 Apr 2015

Groups of citizens in Bhaktapur organize night shifts working as security guards around the city to avoid robberies inside abandoned houses.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
29 Apr 2015

A victim of the earthquake sleeps outside on the road as a result of the damage his home suffered in the quake. More than three-quarters of the buildings in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, are uninhabitable or unsafe.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
28 Apr 2015

An earthquake victim stands in front of the fire near her home in Bakhtapur.

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Life in Green and White: An 'Ultra's'...
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Text and Photos by Karolis Pilypas Liutkevicius

Vilniaus Žalgiris scores a goal in a football match against Klaipėdos Atlantas, two of Lithuania’s top teams. The fan section of the stadium erupts in a ferocious show of support. Some fans stumble down the stadium platform to greet the players face to face, others light flares. Everything is engulfed by smoke, the air fills up with loud chants. However, not everyone knows what happens after the echoes of the seemingly primordial shouts of football fans bounce off the walls of the stadium for the last time, when the last whistle is blown.

This is about trying to look through the seemingly negative façade of the “ultra,” a word used to describe some of the most hardcore sports fans on the planet.

“You could call it my second family,” says Jonas Šečkus, 36.

Jonas is a father of two young kids, he’s happily married, enjoys his job as a geologist and as a geology lecturer at Kaunas and Klaipėda universities. He has been a hardcore football fan since 2010.

“Yes, I’m an ultra. What’s bad about being so into something? And of course, just like in any family there are people who are, to put it lightly, a bit weirder, but there’s also really good guys. What keeps everyone in line is that we have boundaries that should not be crossed”, explains Jonas.

Politics of the game

According to Jonas, being a dedicated football fan in Lithuania is a different experience than being one in countries that are more well-known for the sport. Žalgiris’s budget consists of a smaller amount than what the country’s most beloved sport – basketball - and it’s two biggest teams get. Since a football club is more expensive to maintain than a basketball team, the level at which this sport is played in Lithuania is lower than what people are used to in more football-oriented countries.

This contributes to the fact that there aren’t as many fans as is usual within football fan clubs elsewhere. The “Pietų IV Ultras,” are therefore considered a local phenomenon. The fan club which consists of around 100 people is strikingly dedicated and well known among the population, mostly for their ferocity that is often publically associated with fanaticism. Since the Žalgiris club was established in 1965, it has been heavily associated with national history, and this makes most of the fans very patriotic, in some cases even ethnocentric.

“I don’t think you can separate any sport from politics. But since football has the strength of being the biggest sport in the world, politics are easily visible in it,” Jonas explains. Žalgiris football club has played a major part in Lithuanian history as a means for everyday people to express the independence and freedom of their country.

“Of course if some sort of pro-Russian ‘vatnik’ would suddenly appear among us in the stadium and start preaching his ideology, it would end badly for him,” says Jonas while eating sandwiches made by his wife. He talks about violence in a very nonchalant way, but with some thoughtful reservations. Without saying exactly how badly it would end for someone with such a political disposition, he makes it clear that it certainly wouldn’t be nice.

A day to day ultra

In his home and at work Jonas makes an effort to live a normal life. A courier arrives with a new child’s bike, colored green – the prefered colours of his football club - that he looks forward to giving to his daughter as a gift. At his office, Jonas is extremely concentrated on preparing an upcoming lecture and making the slides as interesting for his students as he can.

“I love teaching. It’s not about the money, it’s about the experience that this occupation gives you,” Jonas admits.

“My students know that I’m an ultra, but I don’t parade that in front of them. I usually don’t wear my colors to lectures or my office.”

Contrary to what most people would think about “ultras,” football fandom fits into Jonas’s life without any repercussions, he says.

“It’s a way for people to vent,” he reflects. “After their stressful jobs, or with the intention to get something off their minds, people come here with the same intentions as those who go to shooting clubs, only we go to watch football and support our team. I think it’s meaningful. From the sidelines it may look violent, since we shout and light pyrotechnics, but we shout so they can hear us. We burn flares so they can see us. That’s what support is about.”

Jonas is clearly not a fan of the media and how it gives ultras a negative connotation by portraying their lifestyle as violent.

“Media wants bad news, because it is an easier sell. If a conflict between the police and fans erupts, they won’t even look into who’s the culprit,” he says. “Of course the fans are the bad guys, because police have the status of untouchable public guardians. That’s a normal view, but since there’s a lot that’s wrong with police in most countries, Lithuania included, everything gets complicated.”

Under scrutiny

The police, on the other hand, have a different opinion about Jonas’ fan club. Always hovering around the part of the stadium where the fans gather, they constantly observe them as they arrive.

“Once I arrived at the stadium, and a police officer, who I didn’t even know, greeted me by name. They monitor us very closely, maybe even take pictures of us,” a young fan from the fanclub said. “They’re annoying.”

This timidly hostile view of the police seems to be shared by many of the fans. Before the game they often glance at the officers in a belligerent way and murmur some remarks about them.

“There were times when I was involved with some violent stuff, but I won’t talk about it,” Jonas says while putting on his jersey before heading to the stadium.

It’s time for one of the most important matches in the Lithuanian football league. Klaipėdos Atlantas and Vilniaus Žalgiris are set to play at the home stadium of the latter team.

After passing the security checkpoint just outside the stadium, Jonas enters the area of the stadium reserved for the fan club. He seems to feel at home here. The constant smile on his face while he meets his friends quickly changes to an expression full of excitement by the time the match starts. The chanting begins, flares are lit and everything fades into a mist of excitement and smoke.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

When Jonas is not working, he wakes up early to go to his office and polish up his presentations and material shown in lectures for his students.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The smoking area is where Jonas spends his only breaks at work.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

"I don't see my colleague often" - Jonas describes why his office is always so empty.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Jonas's wife Ramånä isn't a big football fan but has been to a couple of matches with her husband.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The family bought a bike for their youngest member Aistä—. She just turned 2.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Jonas doesn't like watching football on TV, he'd rather play it or see it live.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Memorabilia plays a big role while supporting the club at the stadium. It is often used in various choreographic moments created by the fans.