Reflecting upon our 20th year

Despite having to cancel the busiest day of the festival, we stand by our decision to protect public health and safety. We cancelled the rest of our festival a few days before it became law to cancel events expecting above 500 people, so we know that we made the right decision. Although the Saturday program was the star of the show, we were very lucky to have a full week of events and activities that educated, entertained and engaged.

This year, local artists Mel and Liz facilitated the ‘Moonah Arts Trail’; an exhibition of Moonah trees through local businesses. It was a highlight of the festival.

Our activities with the Barwon Heads Primary School were once again a success. A large number of students and parents enjoyed the Marine Science Night and scrambled down the Bluff to gaze into rockpools.

The ‘Land, Sea, Sky’ LEN Talk facilitated by the Barwon Heads Community Bank was a success; it was a bustling room filled with people hearing from local experts and deepening their understanding of their local area.

We had our first ever Connections to the Sea forum in partnership with the Barwon Estuary Project. This event focused on local flora and fauna and had an engaging and exciting field trip.

Once again, the Barwon Heads Hotel was full of people participating in the Marine Pub Trivia Quiz facilitated by Know Brainer Trivia. Prizes donated by local traders were given away for best dressed; the competition was hard with fishy hats, Hawaiian shirts and pirate outfits!

The Seachange Quilters celebrated their 20th year with another successful quilting exhibition. They gave a great community feel to the end of the festival.

We would like to acknowledge all of our funders, volunteers, partners, participants and local businesses and traders who helped us with the festival this year. We thank you for your ongoing support that we appreciate so much.

Saturday events cancelled

We are extremely disappointed to announce that we are having to cancel the festival on Saturday the 14th. This was a joint decision between the Festival of the Sea and Barwon Coast and was not an easy decision to make.

We feel that we have a responsibility to our participants and our community for their health and well being. 

We acknowledge and thank you for your ongoing support and time to date. We will continue to provide outstanding environmental activities into the future and look forward to your ongoing participation.

Catch us on Instagram

We want to share more with you, more often! To follow the festival events, activities and news; search @festivalofthesea on Instagram.

2020: Celebrating 20 years

The Festival of the Sea has a long and rich history in Barwon Heads. The 2020 festival will be particularly special as it will mark 20 years of celebration, education and connection. Activities and events will closely resemble the 2019 festival with more focus on education, sustainability and engagement.

Grants, sponsors and supporters

We are very lucky to announce that the 2020 festival will be funded and supported by the following organisations:

  • This project is supported by the City
    of Greater Geelong through its ‘Community Investment and Support Fund (funder)
  • Barwon Heads Community Bank (funder)
  • Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc. (funder and supporter)
  • Bellarine Catchment Network (co-organiser and supporter)
  • Barwon Water (sponsor)
  • The Barwon Heads Association (sponsor and supporter)

New Facebook page

Due to administration issues, we have had to create a new Facebook account. To stay updated on the activities and events for this years festival, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/festivaloftheseabh or search @festivaloftheseabh