Oceans 2019

This non-profit one-day festival is set to celebrate our blue planet, writes Keri Beckingham

Taking place on Saturday September 14 at Clifton High School, Oceans 2019 will bring together global conservation organisations, artists, divers, surfers, educators, families, scientists and the general public to showcase how amazing our blue planet really is.

Featuring expert guest speakers, workshops and a 25-minute VR experience from Limina, Oceans 2019 will provide a platform to encourage collaboration, positivity and active participation in ocean conservation. Plus, this year the festival also includes an evening music event that is free for all ticket holders!

Speakers on the bill for this year’s festival include Lizzie Daly (wildlife presenter for BBC Earth), Fins Attached & Sharkwater Extinction, Basking Shark Scotland, Blue Ventures, Viva, The Manta Trust, plus much more!

There will also be a range of stalls from the Marine Conservation Society, WWF, WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) and Surfers Against Sewage, with more to be confirmed. Other highlights include workshops from Sharks 4 Kids and Extinction Rebellion, storytelling from Seb & Polly Planet on their Ocean Quest, and a short film and Q&A on ‘The Future of Whale and Dolphin Captivity’.

Plus there will also be a chance to decorate a tote bag with beautiful ocean designs! From 8pm onwards, all ticket-holders over 18 are also invited to join the festival organisers at Mr Wolfs (BS1 1TG) to continue the day’s good vibes and listen to some awesome music from Soda Cat (a London-based jazz/funk band), The Fowlers (a Bristol-based funk/soul band) and The Majestic (a London-based roots reggae/ska band).

Tickets for the festival and the evening social event cost £10, the VR experience costs £8.50, and under 16s go free.

The organisers are also keen to stress that they want this event to be as zero-waste as possible so please remember your reusable water bottle, coffee cup, container and cutlery for lunch. For more details about the festival, visit: www.oceansfestuk.com

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