Siberian Bridges, Inc. (SB-US), formerly Musical Bridges, Inc., is a non-profit educational and cultural exchange organization promoting awareness of cities and rural areas in the part of eastern Siberia called Zabaikalye. We are one of the longest standing Western cultural exchange organizations devoted to serving these isolated communities.
Our mission is accomplished by fostering cultural and educational exchanges and networking opportunities.Most important to our work is the establishment of Siberian Bridges - Russia, a partner NGO registered in Chita, Russia in October 2008.
Currently, Siberian Bridges is pursuing the following projects:
Tourism to introduce Americans to nature travel in Zabaikalye, including the Dauria Nature Preserve, crane habitat, the birth place of Genghis Khan, and Mt. Alkhanai National Park which is one of the sacred sites of Tibetan Buddhism;
Support for the children's home in the remote town of Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky;
Provision of books about or from the upper Midwest to the Pushkin Library, Zabaikalye’s main library.
A fifteen minute youtube about Zabaikalye and some local appreciation for Siberian Bridges' work
The History of Zabaikalye and Eastern Siberia
SB is currently active in urban and rural regions within southeastern Siberia. Much of the region we serve is not well documented due to remoteness and lack of resources. We hope this information will encourage future volunteers to experience these parts of Russia. Learn more
As a way of introducing the region to America, we present a photo display that shows the scenery, images and people taken by local photographers. Learn more
The History of Siberian Bridges
The seeds of Siberian Bridges were sown during a concert planning trip made by pianist Thomas Dickinson in 1988. His contacts took him to northeast China, an area that had received few Western artists.
One's first glimpse of China is always eye-opening, but it was made all the more remarkable for Dickinson when he found himself sharing a train compartment with six Russians from the Siberian city of Chita. When these men learned why Dickinson was there, they encouraged him to come to their city, the closest Soviet city to Beijing on the Beijing-Moscow train route. Learn more