Next year, our international border with Russia, just to the west of Alaska, will open for the Bering Strait Festival.
The seven-day event is a multi-year effort to bring together residents of the high north from both sides of the strait, some of whom are relatives, and to honor their shared culture. It will include a cultural summit, an Indigenous peoples’ forum, traditional sports competitions and then a 43-mile boat crossing from Uelen in Russia’s Chukotsky District to Wales on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula.
The festival’s head U.S. coordinator in Alaska, Mille Porsild, who is also an Iditarod veteran, says the hope is that the border will open every year for these seven days.
For the first crossing — set for the first week of August 2022 — Porsild says people and boats of all kinds are welcome, but there will be an important frontrunner.
— Прочесть на www.alaskapublic.org/2021/08/30/come-sail-away-bering-strait-festival-to-open-border-with-russia-in-2022/