Fes­ti­val a cel­e­bra­tion of un­der­wa­ter gi­ants

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

The Al­bany Whales Fes­ti­val will be­gin this Satur­day to wel­come the re­turn of the gi­ant ma­rine mam­mals to our wa­ters.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture food stalls and live en­ter­tain­ment from The Al­bany Shan­ty­men.

A com­mu­nity mu­ral cre­ated by stu­dents from Den­mark Pri­mary School and Great South­ern Gram­mar will be un­veiled at the fes­ti­val. Guests will also have an op­por­tu­nity to meet whalers and hear about their ex­pe­ri­ences aboard the Cheynes IV whalechas­ing ship.

Al­bany’s His­toric Whal­ing Sta­tion’s Alice Ack­ley said she was ex­cited to see fes­ti­val-go­ers this week­end. “The fes­ti­val will be packed full of fun for all ages from 10am-2pm, in­volv­ing com­mu­nity groups and schools from across the re­gion,” she said.

“We’ve got live mu­sic through­out the day and rov­ing pa­rades from South­ern Edge Arts youth per­form­ers. There will also be fab­u­lous whales and a cou­ple of mer­maids and pi­rates on-site, and just great fes­tive ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day.”

Ms Ack­ley also said she was ex­pect­ing a great whale-watch­ing sea­son in Al­bany this year.

The free fes­ti­val will be held on Satur­day from 10amat the His­toric Whal­ing Sta­tion.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit dis­cov­ery­bay.com.au.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany’s His­toric Whal­ing Sta­tion’s Alice Ack­ley and Jane Hare.

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