Interview Nadja Tolokonnikova by Chris Keulemans – 19 October 2017

An interview with students, with Chris Keulemans in the chair

Nadja Tolokonnikova is a rebel through and through. She rose to fame as a member of the punk band Pussy Riot. Their punk songs were an indictment of Poetin and the Church. In 2012 the band members were arrested for ‘subversive provocations’. Nadja ended up spending two years in a labour camp in Mordovia. This punishment failed to silence her. On the contrary, based on her diary notes from the labour camp, she wrote the book entitled ‘How to start a Revolution’, a kind of manifesto for the present day revolutionary.

Her 200th tip for the aspiring rebel is: ‘if you want change, get off your ass and do something. It’s self-service here’.


Revolt: ArtEZ School of Music, October 19, 2017 Enschede