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Preview: Oceans Festival 2019

By lowie trevena, Monday Sep 2, 2019

An exploration of the seas and environment comes to Clifton High School on Saturday, September 14.

With expert guest speakers, workshops and a VR experience, Oceans Festival is a chance for collaboration and active participation in ocean conservation.

The festival will bring together global conservation organisations, artists, divers, surfers, educators and scientists and will be split into two parts, with a day section running from 10am to 5pm, and an afterparty at Mr Wolf’s with music.

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Limina will host a VR dive in the water of a tiny atoll in Polynesia with 700 sharks

There will be a dozen talks taking place throughout the day, with experts speaking on topics ranging from the sale of sharks in the UK, protecting mantas and jellyfish. There will also be talks on climate change, water pollution and a discussion on how young people in Bristol are tackling ocean pollution in their community.

Workshops will also be taking place, starting at 11am. Sharks4Kids is a chance to learn more about sharks’ ecology what can be done to help them. The Environmental Education Project will look at ocean artefacts, author Michelle Cassar will read from her children’s book Seb and Polly Planet on their Ocean Quest and artist Sarina Saddiq will be leading on a tote bag decorating workshop.

Liminia VR will also host a virtual reality event throughout the day, and there will be an exhibition to explore.

After a day of talks from experts from surf therapist Rachel Knott to wildlife biologist and presenter Lizzie Daly, an evening of music will take place.

Lizzie Daly will talk about Wild Ocean Week, which ended up with a surprise encounter with a giant jellyfish that went viral across the world

Hosted by Mr Wolf’s, three acts are billed to play: Bristol-based funk fusion band The Fowlers, jazz and funk playing Soda Cat and reggae and ska band The Majestic.

With a packed day, this non-profit event looks to create collaborative change to better the blue planet.

The day is free for under 16 year olds, £10 for a festival ticket, £8.50 for a virtual reality ticket. Find out more at www.oceansfestuk.com

Main photo by Guy Stevens

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