18 May 2012, 20:26

Russian ship sets off on cultural mission

Russian ship sets off on cultural mission

On the 20th of May, the Russian sailing ship Sedov will set off from St. Petersburg on a round-the-world voyage. During the 14-month tour, it will call at 32 ports to carry out an educational and cultural mission which aims to remind the international community about great Russian geographical discoveries and educate it of Russian cultural heritage.

On the 20th of May, the Russian sailing ship Sedov will set off from St. Petersburg on a round-the-world voyage. During the 14-month tour, it will call at 32 ports to carry out an educational and cultural mission which aims to remind the international community about great Russian geographical discoveries and educate it of Russian cultural heritage.

ccording to the organizers of the voyage, an ambitious cultural programme will be put up throughout the tour. Ethnographer and film director Leonid Kruglov will present a photo exhibition and a documentary film he has made. The photos and the film sum up of his six expeditions which followed trail of Russian explorers. Now, Leonid Kruglov and his team are setting off on another expedition, this time on board the Sedov. This will be the last in a series of round-the-world tours they have carried out.

On the eve of the departure, the sailors will attend a ball. On the 20th of May, St Petersburg residents and visitors will get the opportunity to watch a big concert. Its participants will include the Mumiy Troll, a popular Russian rock group. The group’s musicians will join the crew, the researchers on board the Sedov. This is what Ilya Lagutenko, the group’s leader has to say about their plans and expectations.

“It is true, we are going on an exiting round-the-world trip on board the Sedov. We will take our music to world through ocean waves what ever the weather. I have always believed that songs are born in exiting, unusual places which give you inspiration rather than in cramped uninspiring studios which don’t. The vastness of the endless Ocean is the place I have dreamt about from my childhood. Now, my dream has come true,” Ilya Lagutenko said.

By the way, the Mumiy Troll band comes from Vladivostok, a port city on Russia’s Pacific coast, so the spirit marine adventures runs in their blood, Lagutenko believes.

“I believe that port cities not only in Russia but throughout the world have a special aura about them and a special atmosphere. And people who live there are also special. This is probably due to the fact that everyday you not only see the ocean horizon but also people who go to sea and return on a regular basis,” Igor Lagutenko adds.

After the voyage, the band is hoping to present its new album “The Marine Album” and its own documentary, about their adventures on land and sea, as the Mumiy Troll also plans to perform concerts on the land during its tour. The participants of the “Russian Bogatyrs” show will also perform during the tour. They will set up a “Bogatyar Room”, on board the ship and will entertain the audience showing their bravery and might.

According to Lyubov Eyolkina, spokeswoman for “Rosrybolovstvo”, the principal sponsor of this “Round-the-World Tour 2012-2013”, when the Sedov calls at foreign cities, it always attracts a lot of attention. These visits are always accompanied by a large number of events which involve the local authorities, Russian diplomatic missions as well as scientists and cultural figures. This is why it is planning to set up “Russian Villages” at the ports the legendary Russian ship plans to visit.

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