Sakamoto heads for Disko Bay

"It is important for me to listen to what's going on there with my own ears, because the arctic sea is the front-line of climate change."

Ryuichi Sakamoto on his decision to join Cape Farewell

On September 25, Ryuichi Sakamoto and 40 other artists, scientists, architects, comedians, musicians, playwrights, composers, engineers, film-makers and journalists journey aboard the science research vessel – Grigory Mikheev, from Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bay. The boat will then voyage across the front of the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of Greenland's largest glaciers moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice every day.

The climate challenge is a cultural one, it is the way we have evolved our lives and values that is the cause of climate change. Cape Farewell asks our best creative minds to respond to and inspire a sustainable cultural vision to this potentially devastating climate reality.

In 2007, there was record loss of the sea ice at the North Pole. Recent satellite images show that this year’s figure could exceed the 2007 demise of the Northern Ice Cap. Onboard science teams from the British Geological Survey and National Oceanography Centre will undertake scientific research, mapping the ocean currents and analysing the Greenlandic seabed. Film Director, Peter Gilbert will be documenting the journey, making a film for Sundance TV Channel on his return.

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Daily blogs, photographs and video – will be posted on the website as the journey unfolds. All blogs, images and videos will be available via RSS feeds.



Ryuichi Sakamoto

Laurie Anderson

Vanessa Carlton

Jarvis Cocker


Robyn Hitchcock

KT Tunstall

Martha Wainwright

Luke Bullen

Beatboxer Shlomo


Jonathan Dove


Marcus Brigstocke

Theatre Makers

Mojisola Adebayo

Suzan-Lori Parks


Kathy Barber

David Buckland

Sophie Calle

Jude Kelly

Michèle Noach

Tracey Rowledge

Julian Stair

Chris Wainwright


Francesca Galeazzi

Sunand Prasad

Poet Lemn Sissay


Nathan Gallagher

BBC presenter

Quentin Cooper

Activist David Noble

Film Director Peter Gilbert

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