All things oceanic at the Seafarers Festival

THE Bellerive Boardwalk was bustling recently when a crowd of nearly 5000 people gathered for the 2017 Seafarers Festival.

Centred on a theme of “Happy Oceans”, the free family festival brought together community members and visitors to explore the most interesting aspects of ocean science.

This included tips on how to protect our oceans, presented by Master of Ceremonies Mark Horstman, a science communicator and former reporter for ABC’s Catalyst program.

A popular new attraction to this year’s event was ‘Pushstart VR’, a virtual reality ocean adventure featuring the latest in Google Expedition technology.

Clarence City Council Alderman Sharyn von Bertouch said the Alchemic Alley was also a hit with all age groups.

“It focused on three areas— Creatures of the Sea and Sky, Water and Wilderness, and Going Down…Islands to Antarctica,” she said.

“Each area had hands on activities and displays designed to educate about the ocean and its living systems in an entertaining way.”

The on-stage entertainment kept the atmosphere pumping with performances from Bulgine Run, the Bootleg Gin Sluggers and the Australian Navy Band Tasmania.

A range of Tasmanian produce, food and wine sustained festival-goers throughout the day.

Regular favourite activities like the dress-up competition and giant battleships once again caught people’s attention, with the water also seeing plenty of action.

The success of the event was once again supported by an army of volunteers, including the Sandford Scouts and surf lifesaving and sailing clubs.

Suggestions or feedback on the event is welcome and can be forwarded to events@ccc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: The 2017 Seafarers Festival saw a crowd of nearly 5000 head to the Bellerive Boardwalk to delve into all things aquatic. Photo credit: Tony Lomas.