ON THE TRAIL OF GENGHIS KHAN

Rating: CTC
Length: 100 minutes
On The Trail of Genghis Khan
3 years and 10,000 km by horse

Join an exclusive evening with adventurer and author Tim Cope who will recount in words and images and film his epic adventure as he journeyed through the land of the nomads following in the footsteps of Genghis Khan’s conquering armies. The night will include a 40 minute talk, followed by Q&A then a 40 minute film - 'The Final Frontier'- which is part of his award winning TV series.

Royal Society Of Asian Affairs Award

Recently it was announced that Tim has been given the honour of the 'Special Award' by the Royal Society Of Asian Affairs in London. The UK consul to Melbourne will be there to personally present the award on the night.

Tim will also be introduced by Michael Smith, adventurer and founder of the Sun Theatre.

The Story
The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to a succession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century – a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land empire in history.

Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads still lead today, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn’t been successfully completed since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary.

From horse-riding novice to travelling three years and 10,000 kilometres on horseback, accompanied by his dog Tigon, Tim learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse thieves, and grapple with the extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians.

Along the way, he was taken in by people who taught him the traditional ways and told him their recent history: Stalin’s push for industrialisation brought calamity to the steep and forced collectivism that in Kazakhstan alone led to the loss of several million livestock and the starvation of more than a million nomads. Today Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang precariously in the balance in the post-Soviet world.
* Cry Baby Session