It is already a big event and a big tradition. This year The Children of the Arctic International Festival is arranged by Shparo‘s Adventure Club under the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation for the third time. It started at the Youth Almaz Center in the town of Ruza on Aug. 20th and ended in Korelia on Sep. 02.
More than 100 children from the Arctic regions participated in the festival. They were from 11 Russian ones (Arkhangelskaia Oblast, Vologodaskaia Oblast, Moscow, Murmanskaia Oblast, Nenetzky Autonomous District, Karelia Republic, Komi Republic, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Taymyrsky Dolgano-Nenetzky Municipal District, Chukotsky autonomous district, Yamalo-Nenetzky autonomous district as well as from Greenland, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden.
The mission remains the same and, probably, won’t be changed ever, as it is the key stone of the mordern Arctic youth. It’s to unite children of the Arctic region to settle the common problems under the slogan “Our Arctic – Our Future.”
The Festival is carried out by the Organizing Committee, including prominent official authorities of Russia such as Dr. Arthur Chilingarov, Special Representative for Arctic and Antarctic Issues to the President Russian Federation, Vasily Zhukov, academician, Rector of the Russian State Social University, Dr. Dmitry Shparo, General Director of the Adventure Club.
And you know what? There was our friend Galya Morrell, co-leader of Uummannaq Music Project.
Galya Morrell’s photographies of the Children of the Arctic Festival.
Here is what Galya writes:
Does anyone remember the book “Children of the Arctic”? A story of Marie Ahnighito, Admiral Peary’s daughter, who was born in Greenland and became known world wide as the Snow Baby? Now, a 100 years from then we are about to offer you another story of the “Children of the Arctic” – a gathering of 100+ Arctic teens from 18 Arctic regions, from Chukotka and Yakutia all the way to Greenland. It’s happening now in Russia, between Ruza, Northern Karelia and Moscow.
After two days of rain, the skies cleared up over Ruza where “Our Arctic – Our Future” science conference is taking place. Leaving distractions of cultural confusion and jet lag behind, Arctic children are ready to discuss “stuff”. They are talking about climate change, smart usage of mineral resources, endangered animals, a need to keep ancestors’ spirits alive and a need keep sanity in the difficult times of a societal change. And what is a better way to do so than travelling down a Karelian river on a raft and living in accordance with nature?
We’ve built a virtual North Pole on the grass and held the loud drum-singing “party” inside the Kremlin. We hope our voices were heard by those who are in charge of designing the new policies affecting the future of the Arctic Region. We are also confident that our “cold party” comprised of agile, cool-headed, resourceful and peace-loving young citizens of the Arctic, is capable of finding the right path on the thinning ice. These teenagers who over two weeks became a tightly knit community of their own already know how to live and survive at the top of the world.
Resource: Galya’s Flickr.
More Children of the Arctic info at Shparo’s Website.
Another interesting news came from Galya:
“Our young Arctic explorers, who already know how to live and survive in the harshest climate on Earth, are now united for life. The new Polar Commune is being born! These people know how to travel on thin ice and from now they will travel as a group. Let’s wish them luck on their way!”
Just wonder what she meant. As she broke the above news about a new Polar Commune under the title “ColdUntied in Action.”
- The “Avannaa” Arctic Greenlandic Expedition made it to Moscow, Russia.
- Russian teens made it to the North Pole. They were skiing and pulling sledges. Young Arctic explorers!
- Yakutia, Dmitry Shparo to rebury German Walter’s remains on Kotelny Island, Russia’s Arctic
- Sir David Attenborough’s documentary “Frozen Planet”
- The Explorers Club invites to the first ever Polar Film Festival in New York City