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Königsberg: Water Assembly festival became one of the brightest events of the season

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A lithuanian fishing boat of the Curonian Lagoon, that came from Klaipeda took an honorable place in the parade. It was a hard route for colleagues from the Lithuanian Sea Museum to get to Kaliningrad along the waterways

Water Assembly festival traditionally held in September in Kaliningrad (Königsberg) became one of the brightest events of the season in the region

It is the fifth time the Museum of the World Ocean has made an impressive show on the river Pregol embankment. This year the motto of the festival was “Ships connect the shores”.
Dancers presented their dance of the World showing flags of various countries.

Visitors got to know culture and traditions of countries worldwide by watching folk dance and listening to folk songs on the main stage as well as trying some treats from different corners of the world.

The parade of historical boats both from the museum and the neighboring Baltic states as well as sailing and motor yachts became the most spectacular part of the event. Vityaz Mile, a rowing competition among nine adult and four junior teams, added to emotional element of the holiday.

Our friends from the Baltic states became special participants of the festival.

The kurenas, a fishing boat of the Curonian Lagoon, that came from Klaipeda took an honorable place in the parade

The kurenas, a fishing boat of the Curonian Lagoon, that came from Klaipeda took an honorable place in the parade

And the kurenas, a fishing boat of the Curonian Lagoon, that came from Klaipeda took an honorable place in the parade. It was a hard route for colleagues from the Lithuanian Sea Museum to get to Kaliningrad along the waterways.

Bosun’s Store, an antique fair on the embankment of the Museum of the World Ocean with workshops, boat models, concerts and cafes, started while the boats were ploughing the river Pregol.

Płetwal Polish Diving Club demonstrated a true show by submerging in a historical diving suite and local extreme sportsmen made it in an opposite way – they made unbelievable rollovers on a flyboard over the water.

Lithuanian and Polish friends entertained the visitors with their workshops – guests from the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk taught everybody how to make ropes and rigging and colleagues from the Lithuanian Sea Museum helped visitors to make small paper boats.

But the staff of the Museum of the World Ocean themselves gave lots of interesting activities too – making sea knots, telling about fisherman’s work and various workshops and quizzes.

This year the geography of the holiday involved not only Lithuania and Poland but far Japan as well. A delegation that came to the opening ceremony for Blooming Sakura History exhibition also attended Water Assembly festival.

The holiday was finished with fireworks over the towers of the Friedrichsburg Gate, a museum branch located on the opposite river bank. According to preliminary estimation, about 10 000 people attended the events.

Water Assembly turned into an impressive and inimitable holiday, one of the leading events in the region over the years. Event that unites countries and their dwellers.

 

[divider]Königsberg: Water Assembly festival 2015[/divider]

Alexandra Medvedeva
Alexandra Medvedeva is a head of sector for foreign affairs, Museum of the World Ocean, Kaliningrad, Russia

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