Between 11-14 April 2019, Bondi Beach will herald the first annual Ocean Lovers Festival as a genuine Australian response to the plight of our oceans. A fun and upbeat event, focused on Australia’s love of the ocean sport and recreation, will be held at one of the world’s most iconic beaches.
The Festival is the one place to come and learn something new, join the fun and celebrate our oceans. It will be a multi channel showcase of solutions to ocean recovery, cool products, projects and ideas for everyday living. There are several events including maritime sports, talks, films, eco markets, music, art and more.
Surfrider Foundation Australia is partnering with the Festival to ensure the event is as environmentally friendly as possible. Surfrider will be hosting Gromfest, followed by the Pro Am Tag Team Surf Event. The Festival is supported by Surfrider’s ambassadors, Maev Kerri and Laura Wells.
Along with Surfrider, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Mission Blue, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Australian Museum, and Sydney Sea Life Aquarium have joined the event along with the Surf Life Saving Clubs, and local board and surfrider clubs. Volvo have also confirmed they will be joining Waverley Council, Tomra, Ben & Jerry’s and Sealife Sydney as official partners.
Key luminaries, such as Australian filmmaker George Miller, Actor Hugh Jackman, Shark Expert Valerie Taylor, Marine Biologist Dr Sylvia Earle, Impact Filmmaker and Environmentalist Celine Cousteau, have lent their support.
Tourism Australia and the NSW Minister for the Environment have endorsed the Festival, which will be a major focal event, generating widespread public and media attention. The Festival aims to influence tomorrow’s consumers, as well as decision-makers in both public and private sectors, to learn from each other and engage in meaningful, solution-focused dialogue.
Many local venues, including North Bondi Fish, The Bucket List, Ravesis and the North Bondi Surf Club are also confirmed. They will be hosting a range of events from live music and film screenings to sporting events, art exhibitions, the opening night party and a VIP after-party to close the Festival.
George Miller has confirmed he will open the Ocean Lovers Film Festival on Friday, 12 April 2019.
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Bondi Pavillion Theatre