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From Communist Bloc to Bloc Party – The MS Stubnitz

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A new visitor to West India Dock is the MS Stubnitz, a East German made ex fishing vessel which has been transformed into a floating cultural venue.

The MS Stubnitz was rescued from the scrapheap at the end of the cold war by Urs “Blo” Blaser a Swiss sound artist. He then set about transforming the ship into ” a moving platform of cultural research and exchange “.

Since 1998 the ship has travelled around the Baltic and the North Sea docking in cities such as Amsterdam,Copenhagen,Hamburg and St Petersburg.

It arrived last summer to be part of the Bloc Party/London Pleasure Gardens event which had to cancelled due to safety concerns. But has held a number of events in the Royal Docks where it was previously moored.

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