Between Spring and Autumn 2017, led by Irish explorer Michael Rowe, Ninth Wave expeditionaries from across the European Union will come together to journey 3000 miles across the continent. They will journey on foot, by packraft and on sailboats, traversing the continent from west to east, from Ireland to the Black Sea, undertaking a series of public events and actions along the route which access the very best ideals of that which we are capable.
‘The EU was set up to be a shining light of what we are capable of when we stand side by side. So much has happened recently that we've forgotten that, so we need big, bold gestures to remind us what a beautiful experiment this really is - of how nothing is impossible when we work together’. Michael Rowe
Michael continues: ‘The Journey will begin near Bundoran, Co. Donegal and will aim for Lough Allen and then use the Shannon and Grand Canal to cross the country to Dublin. Choosing to begin the journey in Ireland was obvious. Ireland is still in financial recovery, has a history of mass emigrations, had to deal with the threat of terrorism from the late 60s, and, situated on the Western edge of the continent, has a front row seat to the effects of climate change. Ireland can be seen as a microcosm of Europe, making it the ideal place to start the trip, as these issues form the core reasons for the expedition’.
At Ninth Wave Global we strive to highlight issues, break down boundaries, and connect people and communities, on a small and a global scale, hoping to encourage a recognition of our shared humanity, our responsibility to each other and to the environment. We have found that journeys, long or short, but undertaken at a slow pace, connecting with real people along the way, can be a powerful tool in achieving these goals.
We're seeking humble people from all across Europe: artists; photographers; scientists; musicians. Anyone who comes realising that it's not a guided tour and that we'll all be exploring together, that plans and routes may change along the way and that the real goal is more than just the journey, it's about connecting people and breaking through boundaries, internal and external. We'll also be looking for volunteers to join for different sections of varying lengths, through or on the borders of Ireland, Wales, England, France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.
For more information, to participate, or for media opportunities, please contact Nick Baily at firstname.lastname@example.org