Thursday 23 June 2011
Alliance Franҫcaise de Cork and Fondation Belem in association with the Port of Cork are pleased to announce the visit of the magnificent French tall ship The Belem to Cork Friday 1st – Monday 4th July 2011.
This historic tall ship will berth at Albert Quay and shall be open to the public for visits Saturday 2nd July 11h30 –17h00 and Sunday 3rd July 10h00 – 18h00 (Admission: adults: €5, concession: €3, family: €10).
Readings on board the Belem
Cork poets William Wall and Thomas McCarthy will be joined by French writers Maylis de Kerangal et Olivier Sebban on board the Belem on Saturday 2nd July evening 18h00 – 19h30 to do a session of Franco-Irish readings for Cork public. Admission free.
William Wall will read from his new book of poetry Ghost Estate while Thomas McCarthy will delight the gathering with readings from his 1979 book Seven Winters in Paris and the The Last Geraldine Officer.
Critically acclaimed French novelist Olivier Sebban and Maylis de Kerangal, winner of prix Médicis et le prix Franz Hesse, will read from their novels.
This tall ship has a fascinating history in its 115 years.
Built originally in 1896 in the city of Nantes to transport cocoa beans from Brazil to France, it later went under the British flag and became the property of the Duke of Westminster, who converted her to a luxury pleasure yacht, she was subsequently sold to the Hon. Arthur Ernest Guinness, who renamed her Fantôme II and took part in the Cowes regattas and cruised around the world between 1923 and 1924.
In 1952, the ship was sold to the Cini Foundation in Venice and renamed Giorgio Cini. Converted into a sail training ship, she plied the Mediterranean Sea until 1966.
1979 saw the return of the Belem to France where she was entrusted to the Fondation Belem for preservation. The Foundation decided to use her as a sail training ship open to a wide public.
In 2002, the Belem retraced her maiden voyages by entering the Brazilian port of Belém do Pará for the very first time since 1907. In 2008 she crossed the Atlantic once more to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Quebec by a French sailor and tradesman, Samuel de Champlain.
Opportunity of a lifetime
For those interested in sailing, the Belem offers a golden opportunity to sail from Cork to Brittany a 4-day trip, rounding the Fastnet (depending on the wind), sailing along the south and south-west coasts of Ireland, to the Scilly Isles, the coasts of Cornwall, Lizard Point, Batz island, Falmouth and North coast of Brittany.
Ocean navigation along the entrance of St Georges's channel, the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Discovery of the local sea fauna.
Arrival at the port of Bloscon, Morlaix Bay.
For further information contact Vytenė Laučytė, Cultural Coordinator, Alliance Franҫaise de Cork 021 4310677 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All advance bookings for the visit on Board the Belem to be made at Alliance Franҫaise de Cork. Tickets also available at the entrance to the Belem on the Albert quay, Cork
Alliance Franҫaise de Cork
36 Mary street
Tel/fax: +353 (0)21 4310677
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