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May 28: departure of the Tara Pacific expedition 2016 – 2018

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May 28th, 2016

Departure of the Tara Pacific 2016-2018 expedition: Agenda of festivities, May 27th & 28th, Lorient – France

Friday May 27th  will be devoted to welcoming school children, with educational activities presented by the Tara team in partnership with Oceanopolis. The expedition will be launched on Saturday, May 28th with  a day of entertainment and learning about coral reefs and the Pacific Ocean. Conferences, screenings, exhibitions and an on-site Polynesian village will help celebrate this special day, Ocean Day. For the occasion, free activities will be offered on the Esplanade of the Lorient Marina throughout the day, a festive and informative event to share with family and friends.  Lorient Marina, 10 am to 6 pm, ending with the departure of Tara.

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EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITES in partnership with Océanopolis

Coral reefs and their critical role in ocean biodiversity.
10 am – 5:30 pm at the Tara Pacific Pavilion on the Esplanade, Port of Lorient

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TARA PACIFIC CONFERENCE

Presentation of the upcoming Tara Pacific expedition with Romain Troublé, executive director of the Tara Expeditions Foundation, scientific director Serge Planes (CNRS, Environment PSL) and Captain of the schooner, Samuel Audrain.
11am – noon, Tara Pacific Pavilion, Esplanade – Port of Lorient

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FOOD TRUCK “Maeva I Tahiti”

Polynesian specialties for sale, to take away or eat on site.
11 am – 8 pm, Esplanade, Port of Lorient

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ENTERTAINMENT: THE PACIFIC, FROM EAST TO WEST AND NORTH TO SOUTH

• Initiation to paddle boarding with the Centre Nautique de Lorient
• Introduction to sailing in Tahitian canoes with the Breizh Polynesia Association
• Demonstrations and initiation to Tahitian dance with the Breizh Polynesia Association
• Marquesas-style tattoos with the Henua Tiki shop in Lorient (creation of temporary tattoos)
• Drawing workshops offered by 2 artists who embarked aboard Tara: One using a technique with Japanese ink, the other inspired by the colors of the Pacific Ocean.

2:30 – 5:00 pm, esplanade, Port of Lorient

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“L’USINE À CANARDS” New Orleans Brass Band leaves from the centre of Lorient

A musical stroll begins in the center of Lorient and arrives at the Esplanade for a farewell to Tara.
5 pm: Arrival of the New Orleans Brass Band on the Esplanade alongside Tara.

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5:45 pm: DEPARTURE CEREMONY

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5:50 pm: TARA DEPARTS

Boaters are invited to accompany Tara as she exits the harbor and heads out to sea. Our starting point is the quai of Lorient’s outer port.
Haka (a Maori rallying chant) will be performed by the Breizh Polynesia Association as the schooner departs.

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CONCERT WITH THE BANDS ALAMBIK ELEKTRIK AND L’USINE À CANARDS
All aboard for a transatlantic concert that will accompany Tara for the first nautical miles of the expedition. Musical programming by MAPL Studios.
6:30 pm to 8 pm 

 

In May 2016, Tara will leave for a 2-year expedition across the Asian Pacific to conduct an innovative study of coral reefs.

From east to west and from north to south, Tara will sail the Pacific Ocean to explore the hidden diversity of coral and better understand its ability to adapt to climate change.

Coral reefs cover only between 0.08% and 0,16% of the surface of the world Ocean, but they represent nearly 30% of marine biodiversity. Their state of health is crucial for the diversity of species they contain, and for mankind. Studying coral reef ecosystems in the Pacific Ocean is a priority since a large number of them have begun to disappear in recent years. They are true indicators of the Ocean’s health, yet we still know very little about their capacity for adapting to changes in environment.

Tara Expeditions, in collaboration with the CNRS, Paris Sciences & Lettres, the Monaco Scientific Centre and financial partners will present the upcoming Tara PACIFIC expedition at a press conference scheduled for mid-April 2016 at the CNRS-Paris (2.30 pm) Press contact: elodie[@]taraexpeditions.org

 

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