The inaugural Ocean Lovers Festival is taking place at Australia’s iconic Bondi beach, from Thursday 11 April until Sunday 14 April. Over four days, festival-goers can enjoy a wide range of activities focused on ocean conservation and sustainable living – including live entertainment, art, photography & film, workshops and much more. The festival aims to empower visitors to create active change and help protect Australia’s beautiful beaches and oceans.
As part of the festival, visitors can take part in Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean-up, taking place on Saturday 13 April from 12pm until 1pm. The event, hosted by global recycling company, TOMRA will give people the opportunity to get involved and see the positive impact the community can have on the environment. The event is free to the public, with the first 100 sign-ups receiving a free TOMRA/Take 3 tote-bag.
The clean up will be led by Environmentalist Tim Silverwood, TOMRA Ambassador Laura Wells and Ironwoman Champion Lizzie Wellborn. Participating in a clean up like this is a great way to learn about the harmful impacts of litter on the environment and feel good about protecting our oceans. Following the cleanup, the team from TOMRA and Take 3 will sort through the collected rubbish to separate into the different types and show what can be reduced, recycled or even reused to reduce the impact on the environment.
TOMRA President Ryan Buzzell says “We are truly excited to be part of Ocean Lovers Festival and help support Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean Up, kicking off at North Bondi Surf Club. We hope through initiatives like this more people will be inspired to help reduce the problem of beverage container litter by returning them to a reverse vending machine – which we believe gives those containers the best chance of staying in a sustainable recycling loop and out of our oceans”.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to view Australian environmental artist, John Dahlsen’s works at his ‘Waste No More’ exhibition, sponsored by TOMRA, which opened today and will run until Sunday 14 April at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery.
John Dahlsen, Environmental Artist and Abstract Painter says “I am focused on creating artworks that have the ability to share my messages for the need to care for our oceans. This exhibition raises awareness for the fragile state of our environment whilst also highlighting the beauty behind our plastic waste when reused in creative ways. TOMRA are amongst those that understand the importance of viewing plastics and waste as more than just a single-use item and are changing the way we recycle for the better.”
TOMRA is also co-sponsoring the Ocean Lovers Festival Trashion Parade, showcasing Marina DeBris, renowned Artivist (Artist/Activist) and her amazing work. The runway will be graced by models dressed in fashion created from litter that Marina collects. This event is free, taking place at the back of the Bondi Pavilion at 11.30am and 1pm, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April.
With so many things to see and do over the weekend, it’s an event not to be missed. For more details, visit oceanloversfestival.com