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Come and celebrate our vast oceans!

There will be international as well as local stars of sport, art, music, film and the environment here for this event. They will all gather together at Bondi from in April 2019 this year for the inaugural Bondi Ocean Lovers Festival.

This festival will show the public some practical and fun ways to find out about loving oceans and respecting the "blue heart of our planet." The festival will be a multi-channel showcase of ideas to aid our ocean recovery as well as great products. There will also be projects and ideas for everyone and everyday living as an ocean lover.

Naturally, conservation and sustainability will be the main theme and it will showcase global and local best practice at the Eco Markets where "artivist" Marina Debris will stage Trashion parades. Here she will have her signature outfits which are made from collected waste! They are fascinating and interesting.

The event will be held from Thursday 11th April 2019 to Sunday 14th April from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm at Bondi Beach.

There will be respected environmental artist John Dahlsen there and he will showcase his 'Waste No More' exhibition. This is a 20-year retrospective and some of the best ocean photographers in the country. This will be supported by Nikon who are donating some amazing works for a Blue Party fundraiser. There will be prints by the following:

Matty Smith
Ray Collins
Franck Gazzola/Under The Pole

On the sand and in the sea there will be some competitive events and fun. You can participate in challenges where everyone is sure to find something to demonstrate their love for the ocean and get wet at the Ocean Lovers Festival.

Some of the activities during this festival include:

A celebrity tag team surfing event
A Surfrider Foundation Gromfest presented by Ben & Jerry's ice cream
An Ocean Lovers lap of Bondi organised by a festival ambassador and ironwoman champion Lizzie Welborn with the support of the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and booking app
Surf and yoga classes
A special indigenous stand understanding our particular Australian coastline and conservation through first people's perspective.
Coastal guided walks and talks by local elder Tim Ella
A special collaboration with North Bondi Fish for a walk and sustainable seafood talk followed by lunch by Ocean Lovers Ambassador Chef Jessie McTavish, son of legendary Australian surfboard shaper Bob McTavish
Australia's own film and conservation legend George Miller, an Ocean Lovers Ambassador will open a three-day film program. This will feature family-friendly, fun surf and ocean wildlife films as well as impact environmental films through collaborations with The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Mission Blue.

The festival will have both free and ticketed events and these will include:

Ocean Lovers Festival presents a foraging walk and sustainable seafood talk followed by lunch from Ocean Lovers Ambassador Chef Jessie McTavish.

You will walk in the footsteps of the oldest surviving culture on earth with custodian Tim Ella. Tim will tell you about the ancient environmental care and culture practised by the Yuin Nation people. You will find some native bush tomatoes, Guri Berries, Warrigal Greens, Wattle Seed, Lily Pilly and more. Watch Jesse as he forages for sea urchin and seaweed morsels.

NBF has invented a superb lunch menu featuring native herbs and flavours like saltbush and mountain pepper mayonnaise with Southern calamari and a bunya nut crust on barramundi. There will also be a Davidson plum pudding with Kunzea ice cream to complete a four-course dining sensation.

Spend time with Tim and his team to discover the wonders of Australia's native origins and first people's culture. The tour and lunch will cost $130 per person and you can read more and book here.

From Fiji to the Bahamas, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his children Celine and Fabian go on a voyage to discover the ocean as never seen before. They want to learn all about the threats that put our ocean at risk. It is narration by Arnold Schwarzenegger and is in a breakthrough filming technique in 3D.

Please note 3D glasses will be provided for this screening and this is a free screening.

This will have a panel discussion which will include presenter and environmentalist Laura Wells and Associated Professor Dr David Sugget and the filmmakers of Can we Save the Planet.

Off Australia's northeast coast is a wonder of the world. It is a living structure so big it can be seen from space. It is more intricate and complex than any city and so diverse it hosts a third of all fish species in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is some 8,000 years old and home to thousands of marine species and now it is dying in our lifetime. Can We Save the Reef?

For more activities for this festival, please click on this Humantix link.

The Ocean Lovers Festival is a uniquely Australian response to the global circumstances of the oceans. It is an important event and one that we should all make an effort to attend and learn more about this situation.
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Why? For activities regarding our oceans
When: 11 to 14th April 2019
Where: Bondi Beach
Cost: Varies, see article
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