Ocean Lovers Festival

The second annual Ocean Lovers Festival will take place at Bondi Beach from 17-22 March 2020 and is a celebration of Ideas, Art + Music and Actions focused on restoring our beautiful oceans. Head down to a selection of famous Bondi locations, including the Bondi Pavilion and the Bondi Icebergs, for 6 days of entertaining events highlighting the latest science and innovations for helping the oceans.

Free entry to the Icebergs Pool means anyone and everyone can literally dive into an installation by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and learn about its current researchSwim through an underwater Crayweed forest and Living Sea Wall display to find out how researchers are giving nature a helping hand.

Marine science and family fun

Beachgoers at Bondi are welcome to join the Festival Hub Sunshine Stage at the Bondi Pavilion supported by Inspiring Australia. Hear talks from leading scientists, as well as ecopioneers coming up with modern solutions to save our oceans.

Kids and adults alike can turn up in their swimmers to take part in free science workshops provided by Fizzics Education. Starting from 10am on both Saturday and Sunday, visitors can take part in seascape drawing, chemistry workshops, kids Q+A sessions, a Seaweed Lab and more, as well as an exciting and educational Ocean Show presented by Fizzics on both days.

Spend your Saturday hearing from marine biologists Olaf Meynecke, Ari Friedlaender and Tony Haymet as they talk you through their work with some of the most important marine wildlife, in both individual talks and panel discussions.

On Sunday, the Sunshine Stage will be full of experts discussing the impact of climate change, with a focus on sustainability and plans for the future.

Scientist Dr Vanessa Pirotta will be part of the 2020 Ocean Lovers Festival.
Image by Daniel Kukec Photography.

Eco expo

Surrounding the Sunshine Stage will be our Eco Expo, showcasing innovative products and projects that don’t cost the earth. Find out what steps you can be taking to reduce the amount of plastic waste getting into the sea.

VR exhibiton

The festival kicks off with the incredible ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ exhibition at the Pavilion Gallery from March 17. Brought to you by not-for-profit festival partner Underwater Earth, this VR and photographic exhibition transports you to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and may even bring you face to face with a Humpback Whale.

Live music

Visitors to the festival will also get the chance to hear talented local bands thanks to our Ode to the Oceans competition, as well as celebrating the artistic talent of the local schools with the Litterarty exhibition. The weekend of March 21 & 22 will be jam-packed with music, art, films and food, all with a focus on hope for the oceans.

Also on the program will be a Big Bondi Beach Clean with support from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment program, Blue Yoga for the Sea by Body, Mind Life, a Paddleout for Ocean Protection, and more, the festival is sure to inspire you to take action for the ocean.

Feature image by Christophe-Bailhache. The Ocean Lovers Festival is supported by Inspiring Australia NSW and runs from 17-22 March 2020. Find out more at oceanloversfestival.com