THE Island Whale Festival Committee is abuzz with final event planning for the third festival just three weeks away.
The Island Whale Festival is a three-day event based at the Cowes Cultural Centre from Friday to Sunday, July 6 to 8.
Destination Phillip Island (festival coordinator), Wildlife Coast Cruises, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Dolphin Research Institute and Bass Coast Shire are partnering to grow this fun, low cost festival for families and visitors to participate in.
Financial support from the State Government of Victoria Regional Events Fund has been received this year to support the marketing of the event.
Phillip Island RSL is hosting two children’s workshops and the trivia night.
Westernport Water, Victorian Fisheries Authority, DELWP, West Gippsland Libraries, International Fund for Animal Welfare and energetic community groups like the Phillip Island Gallery, Boomerang Bags and Plastic Free Phillip Island and San Remo will help deliver experiences during the festival.
On the water there will be more cruise options than ever to spot a whale.
In the Cowes Cultural Centre there will be displays of wildlife photography, kids’ activities, free movies and workshops.
This year the town square will host a marquee and more activities including the Whale out of Water experience featuring a 19 metre inflatable whale.
New cultural activities presented by Making Connections are included this year including Blessing of the Whales, Smoking Ceremony, Story Telling, Drumming workshops, listening circles and more.
The festival organisers are also providing a platform for local community actions including Boomerang Bags, Plastic Free, Be Smart Choose Tap, to communicate the importance of protecting our marine environment.
A special screening of the award winning Blue the Film will take place on Saturday evening in the Cultural Centre.
The festival promotes the region’s natural environment and encourages overnight visitation in winter to local accommodation and hospitality venues.
All program information and booking links are available on islandwhales.com.au
A whale of a time