by Nikki Savvides in New Eco on Monday 26 October 2009

The Miss Rockaway Armada is a group of about thirty artists, musicians and performers who hail from across the United States. In the summers of 2006 and 2007, the group floated down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans on a flotilla of handmade rafts. Crafted mainly from junk and recycled materials, the rafts ran on wind and solar power, were fuelled by bio-diesel, and their crew subsisted on rainwater and dumpstered meals for the entire journey. 

Stopping off at numerous ports along the way, the Armada performed vaudeville shows, played gigs and organised art workshops in towns along the river, hoping to inspire their inhabitants and encourage cultural change. Though the rafts have since been abandoned, the Armada collective continues to put on shows both across America and in Europe. Best known for their involvement in musical outfits such as The Amateurs and The Toyshop Collective, the group is currently working on other ‘big, insane projects’, the details of which are so far unknown.