1. CELEBRITY SPEAKERS
Last year's speakers included
BBC Last Chance to See
Presenter and naturalist
Author and presenter
BBC Blue Planet & Planet Earth
The Woman Who Swims With Killer Whales
Animal Planet’s Whale Wars
35 life-sized inflatable whales
Thousands thronged our huge hall filled with life-sized whales bathed in deep blue light with a backdrop of under-ocean sounds.
From the mighty Blue Whale to the tiny Harbour Porpoise, some close enough to touch and others could be seen eye-to-eye from the balcony above, with a team of approachable experts on hand to tell you more. Sponsored by ASCOBANS and CMS.
3. WHALEFEST LIVE!
A benefit gig in aid of
Save The Whales: Reloaded
4. OCEAN STORYTELLING: Inspiring the next generation with great authors
Lauren St John
Winner of the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.
Ex-BBC Really Wild Show and author of ‘Dolphin Baby’.
One of Booktrust’s ten Best New Illustrators.
Author of White Dolphin.- “a beautifully-told, nail-biting tale”, Kate Humble, BBCTV
Donning life-jackets and going whale watching indoors - how cool is that?! Sponsored by Futurismo, 2000 people experienced a real-time trip, accompanied by naturalist guide and skipper, and headed off the Azores in search of whales, dolphins, and seabirds!
Marine-themed movies and more
7. SAVE THE WHALES: RELOADED
A historic anniversary
It was at Brighton back in 1982 that the world’s governments voted to suspend the hunting of whales, and 30 years on, WhaleFest 2012 was at the very building where that momentous vote was taken – the Hilton Brighton Metropole. We launched our new pledge outside the hotel by a brand new street mural.
Mark Carwardine, Doug Allan and more were our experts ‘dating’ with aspiring marine conservationists, presenters, and film-makers. Sponsored by Gardline Environmental, it was just one of our many mini-workshops.
9. SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELLING
In our real ‘try-dive’ pool
Children sampling SCUBA on PADI’s Bubblemaker programme, plus adults learning about PADI’s Open Water Diver course. Steve Warren’s underwater photo clinics, free diving tips with AIDA instructor Ian Donald, and rebreather experiences with PlanetScuba.
10. THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
Hundreds met a life-sized Sperm Whale, and its prey the Giant Squid . . . up close! We encountered the strange creatures that whales swallow, listened to their amazing sounds, learnt where to see them, and met a lost sailor inside!
Sponsored by Dolphin Connection Experience.
Supporting whales and dolphins
WhaleFest supports a powerful new alliance to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises from the many threats they face. Running campaigns with the backing of millions, and targeting specific issues to achieve rapid change, you can learn more about the Alliance here.
WhaleFest and the Alliance are championing these causes:
Last 55 Maui's Dolphins
Maui’s Dolphins are facing extinction, dying in fishing nets off New Zealand‘s North Island at 75 times a sustainable rate. A subspecies of Hector’s Dolphins - which themselves are disappearing fast - scientists believe there are now just 55 individuals alive. We champion and support their cause for WhaleFest 2014.
Photo credit: Andreas Maecker
The Free Morgan
Alone and starving, a young wild Orca was taken into captivity. Now held at the entertainment park Loro Parque, in the Canary Islands, Morgan is made to perform circus tricks for a paying audience. WhaleFest is about seeing whales responsibly in the wild and champions the plan to return her to her family in Norway.
Reminding us just why we love whales, dolphins and oceans so much, WhaleFest is the world’s biggest event of its kind. A family-friendly, not-for-profit eco-festival aimed at experts, beginners, me, you, your gym instructor . . . everyone! Attendance is doubling annually - 6000 visitors last time - with exhibitors coming from all over the world. Sponsored last time by VisitAzores, DFDS Seaways and Hilton Brighton Metropole.
For entertainment, music, art, amazing facts, planet-saving, holiday ideas, cool merchandise and much more . . . get 14-16 March 2014 in your calendar.
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EarlyBird discounted tickets will go on sale in late Spring 2013 - register now and we will ensure you know as soon as they are available.
Over 100 exhibitors took part at the last WhaleFest - coming from the UK, Europe, Iceland, Chile, Tonga, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Panama, and many more.