ArtMedia Tour: We are Together

A project organized by the international team of the ‘ArtMedia’ online magazine, and the ‘Moskovskiy Komsomolets’ newspaper, is aiming to promote Crimea abroad. The media project will take place in Crimea on October 16-19. As part of the project, there will be a mini media tour, a musical performance, and a vernissage. Writers of the ‘ArtMedia’ online magazine have invited the characters of their articles – famous artists, actors and musicians from all over the world – to introduce them to the peninsula.
A walking tour of the Genoese Fortress in Sudak and Small Jerusalem in Yevpatoria is part of the media project. The guests will also meet the staff of the Nikitsky Botanical Garden, who will tell them about the most distinguished plants, imported from different parts of the world, and about those named after famous people and historical figures from different countries. After visiting Crimean attractions, writers of the ArtMedia online magazine, who collaborate with the foreign press, will publish their articles in England, Italy, and Greece.

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During their stay in Crimea, all participants of the ArtMedia tour, will be staying at the Palmira Palace resort hotel in Yalta. The vernissage which will present the product of collaboration (England – Crimea, Dresden – Crimea, Paris – Crimea, Ischia – Crimea, Apeldoorn – Crimea), will also take place at the Palmira Palace hotel. Local writers, as well as writers from other countries, will present photographs on the subject of topics which have united them.
During the concert the guests will be entertained with songs in Russian, Dutch and French. Sölvi Fannar Viðarsson, who is an actor, writer, poet, multi-sport athlete, and photographer will participate in the ArtMedia tour. He is currently working on various projects, and he is also an agent for Hafþór Björnson known for his role as Gregor Clegane (“The Mountain”) in one of the most popular series Game of Thrones. Sölvi has also appeared in the series as an actor.  
Alona Svintsova is a Dutch actress from Russia, journalist, and social activist based in Apeldoorn. She is a member of UNICEF Nederland, director of charity foundation “Happy World”. 10 years ago she created a cultural learning project “In the World of Courtesy” in Apeldoorn, she also organized “Courtesy day” for the elementary school children in Apeldoorn. The unique classes she started were based on Russian stories and tales. They inspired her to write her own children’s book “I am a wizard”. The classes which initially aimed to teach children courtesy, eventually evolved into classes of mercifulness and kindness, which became a cradle of an international project that appeared in 2010.
Charity project “From Heart to Heart” (Apeldoorn – St. Petersburg) sponsored by the Apeldoorn city administration and Embassy of Russia, unites children from Russia and Holland, builds a bridge of friendship, mutual understanding, mercifulness and kindness between the two countries.  

As part of the “Crimea through the eyes of foreigners” project, Paolo May (Ischia, Italy) will present an art work, which he baked using his own technique. The art work embodies his memories from his trip to Crimea.
Katja Westerhoff, an artist from Apeldoorn will visit the peninsula for the first time. She fell in love with Russia, and decided to be baptized and take a Russian name, Ekaterina. Now Katja Westerhoff is excited to see Crimea and capture its beauty.  
The director of the “Silk Road Media” publishing house will inspire the guests with his floral photographs. Alexei Altynbayev, the author of “Parisian Etudes”, a press officer of the well-known public figure – the former mayor of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Georges Mesmin, will introduce his, and the former mayor’s art works as well. Georges Mesmin will not be able to come to Crimea due to his age – he is turning 90 in November. Although he visited Crimea in the past – he came here 20 years ago and was greatly impressed by the outstanding beauty of the nature.  

Oksana Zhukova, the executive editor of “ArtMedia” (artmedia-international.org): “The international team consisting of journalists from Crimea, London, Paris, Athens, Apledoorn, Dresden, Bristol, St. Petersburg and Tumen are working with the ArtMedia online magazine, and there are new journalists from all over the world  joining our team continuously. They tell about the places where they live, but we are also trying to have more collaborative projects. And quite often Crimea becomes the main location of the events we organize in collaboration with our foreign team. We are searching for the topics which unite us: nature, beauty, art, history. The sanctions cannot pull us apart.”

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