Lighting up the city -- Spotlight on Tara's return
Saturday, December 7, 2013, the schooner Tara will return to her home port, Lorient, after a 7-month voyage around the Arctic Ocean – the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition. This is the occasion for Lorient Agglomeration to partner with the City of Lorient, the Association Idées Détournées, and Sellor, to spotlight Tara's night-time arrival -- the finale of the downtown Christmas lights celebration. Special illumination of the schooner, the marina and other boats moored at the docks, plus a brass band, soup and mulled wine, screening of documentaries -- everything is arranged for a festive public gathering.
On Saturday December 7, Lorient Agglomeration will welcome the schooner, returning from the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition -- seven months sailing the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole.
This recent expedition adds the final touch to the previous Tara Oceans mission (2009-2012) -- studying marine microorganisms in all the world's oceans.
During the 25,000 km voyage around the North Pole (started in May), researchers conducted 55 sampling stations to collect micro-organisms, and harvested some 5,000 plankton samples that will be studied by scientists in many partner laboratories throughout the world.
To celebrate Tara's return, Lorient Agglomeration is collaborating with the City of Lorient, the Association Idées Détournées, and Sellor, to organize a festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the Christmas lights celebration to the marina, and create a unique event.
PROGRAM for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
5pm : City Christmas lights celebration begins
After some musical performances in the city center beginning at 3 pm, the traditional celebration starts at 5 pm, Place Aristide Briand, with the illumination of downtown streets. Then the public is invited to parade with the brass band, La Pétarade de Brest, from city center to the harbor, passing through Place Alsace-Lorraine, and Place Paul Bert.
Christmas decorations on trees, attached to candelabras and suspended in side streets – over 80 installations will be sponsored by the City of Lorient on this year's theme, flowers.
The decorations are composed of LEDs (low-voltage diodes ) which consume up to 10 times less energy than incandescent filaments.
The City will be illuminated 5 hours per day, from 5 pm to 10 pm.
5:30 pm to 7:15 pm : Tara illuminates the marina
At 5:30 pm, the public is invited to the Lorient marina esplanade (Quai de Rohan ) to hear about the major stages of the expedition. At 6 pm, twenty boats at dock will be especially illuminated in honor of Tara's return, rhythmed by the brass band La Pétarade de Brest. At 6:15 pm, Tara -- especially illuminated -- will moor at the dock of honor. At 7:15 pm , the Association Idées Détournées will offer free soup and mulled wine to everyone present.
8 pm to 3 am : Tara Night
Projection of the documentaries made during 10 years of Tara's adventures. The public is invited to discover the many facets of the expeditions.
Auditorium, Espace Courbet (81-83 rue Amiral Courbet, Lorient)
- 8 pm – The agnès b. Team at Sea and in Everyday Life - 60 minutes
Agnès b is well-known as a fashion designer. Less-known is her passion for the sea motivating her since childhood, and leading to a financial commitment over the last few years, with the goal of encouraging better preservation of the world's oceans. Agnès b. evokes memories of navigating with her family, and explains her sensual relationship with the sea. Surrounding agnès b. is a whole family sharing this passion for the sea.
Directed by Christophe Duchiron
- 9:30 pm – Tara Oceans: Journey to the Origins of Life - 80 minutes
Seen from outer space, the Earth is blue. But in reality, what do we know about the world's oceans? Who lives in the oceans? In an attempt to answer these questions, a team of scientists embarked on the schooner Tara. Their journey took them to an invisible world -- the world of plankton -- an almost unknown realm comprised of millions of different organisms. One thing is certain: these oceanic species play an essential role in the life of our planet.
Directed by Michael Pitiot – Authors: Michael Pitiot, Thierry Ragobert and Frédérique Lossignol – Executive Producer: Jean-Pierre Bailly
- 11 pm – Tara, Journey to the Heart of the Climate Machine - 90 minutes
Produced under extreme conditions, this film describes life aboard the schooner during an extraordinary mission in the Arctic. We discover how the crew, trapped in the ice aboard Tara, struggled against the cold, constant darkness, movements of ice floes, storms that constantly destroyed their installations, and the threat of polar bears forced to the Arctic's center by accelerated melting of the ice. But beyond this amazing feat, the film shows us that Tara's scientific mission revealed a much more alarming reality than predicted for the climate of the planet.
Directed by Emmanuel Roblin and Thierry Ragobert
- 12:45 am – Prisoners of the Ice - 52 minutes
This film tells the saga of the first months of Tara's long Arctic drift. Two dogs and eight men in the middle of the vast Arctic, locked in the polar night, live an adventure where the slightest mistake can be fatal. The world of ice is fascinating and dangerous. We share everyday life on board, and the emotions of the crew faced with the unknown. Living on the ice pack is like being on another planet. This documentary gives the impressions of men in the field: their questioning and doubts, their experiences learning to live in a hostile environment. Understanding messages from the ice pack preoccupied the Tara crew during the first part of the drift.
Directed by Bruno Vienna – Production: MC4 / Tara
- 2 am – Mountains of Silence - 52 minutes
Sixteen deaf and non-deaf people embarked aboard Tara on November 11, 2004, following in the footsteps of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who accomplished between 1914 and 1917 one of the most impressive human adventures in a hostile environment. From the Falklands to South Georgia, the expedition explored the main peaks of the island, and accomplished the legendary crossing of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Directed by Luc Marescot
Sunday, December 8 in Paris, 2:30 to 4 pm, on the big stage of the Paris Boat Show, the team of Tara Oceans Polar Circle and Tara Expeditions will be present to describe the schooner's return to Lorient, review the highlights of the expedition, and celebrate Tara's 10th anniversary.
Team members will be available for interviews.
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