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Water Assembly Festival

SarV-33The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to Water Assembly Festival held at the Historical Fleet Embankment on September 11. The festival starts at 10:00 and is held in the Pregol River near the Naval Centre and the Port Administration. This year, the event is dedicated to the Year of Cinema and the 70th anniversary of Kaliningrad Oblast. The World Boat Modeling Championship will be held during the festival as well, presenting 250 boat models. So, we have prepared a lot of surprises, films, competitions, performances and, of course, the traditional regatta Vityaz Mile for our visitors.

Our guests are going to watch a parade of the historic and traditional boats, visit all the exhibitions and drop in at Bosun’s Store antique market as well as feel the atmosphere of the holiday at the concert and various workshops.

Moreover, thanks to the support of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg we are receiving a guest from the USA who is coming with a traditional boat of the west area of North America. The resident from the far state Indiana, Erik Vosteen, is going to reveal the secrets of how to make a dug-out. These small boats were built as far back as 10,000 years ago. And they are still made today; their production technique, shape and size are the same as well as their use.

The transatlantic guest built his first boat together with schoolchildren in 2006. Since that time, his hobby became a work. Throughout 10 years, Erik Vosteen made over a dozen canoes using diverse materials: elm bark, spruce, moose skins, etc.

Erik is going to make a boat on-site – just during the festival. We have already prepared a 5-meter linden trunk to be transformed into a traditional dug-out of the Great Lakes. Everyone can take part in making a dug-out and our American guest is sure he will enjoy sharing the history and experience of the craft as well as communicating with visitors of the festival. He also hopes to learn more about the traditional Baltic boats and establish cultural relations with the Amber Land.

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