Young singers from Odessa made a mini-cruise to Batumi
m/v Kaunas Seaways hosted a final stage of an international talented youth contest “Zvezdochka” (starlet)
The contest first held 23 years ago by Alexander and Ekateryna Stepanov is widely known both within and outside Ukraine. This creative competition allows for children gifted with vocal talents to pave the way to the stage and get involved with creativity. Vitas, Kyril Turichenko, Korovko Yuliya, Anna Stepanova, the organizer of the “Golden Saxophone” contest and many other artists who started their creative development as small “starlets” have all become popular.
Thanks to the assistance of Shipping Company Ukrferry, the contest winners had an opportunity to make an Ilyichevsk-Batumi-Ilyichevsk sea voyage on board a ferry. The crew of the vessel extended their hospitality to a group of young talents including Gleb Lysyuk, Kseniya Palagina, Vova Baranov, Alina Andreychenko and their creative directors. The kids were presented with a tour to the navigating bridge where they were greeted by Master Alexander Romanov. Master told the children about the vessel and her operation on the Great Silk Road itinerary between Ukraine and Georgia.
Young guests appeared on stage before passengers and the participants of the international conference on the issues of maritime industry of Ukraine. Young citizens of Odessa were then greeted by new friends from consort of Ajaria. They then made a joint tour to the renowned botanical gardens and along the streets and squares of Batumi.
A video recording documenting this tour has been arranged with a film to be broadcast by several channels in Odessa. The organizers of “Zvezdochka” festival are planning to stage two more grand festivals of the young talents in July and at the end of October within the framewors of Ilyichevsk-Batumi-Ilyichevsk tours. Young vocal talents from Belorusia, Moldova and Poland are expected to joint.
The first broadcast in a series of reports on the Black Sea of the famous British media corporation BBC, recorded in June 2017 on board ferries of “Ukrferry”, as well as in Odessa, Georgia and Turkey has been released.