WhaleFest – the biggest festival of its kind – supporting those who protect these animals

Opened in 2015 by Gok Wan (award-winning TV presenter), featuring Steve Backshall (BBC Deadly 60) and closed by Miranda Krestovnikoff (BBC Coast & The One Show), WhaleFest is a family-friendly event that appeals to everyone. It’s for people who love whales and dolphins, those who know nothing about them, me, you, your gym instructor, everyone. A celebration of oceans and marine life through inspiration, science, music and more.
Passions will be stirred again next year by live performances, films, prose, talks, comedy, exhibitions, music and inspiring activities for all ages. It attracts people from all over the world and with an estimated audience of 10,000+ people from over 40 countries in 2015.

It takes place at the Brighton Centre, Brighton (the very place where the world’s governments gathered in 1982 to suspend international whaling). In 1991 Brighton Aquarium’s captive dolphins were freed back to their Caribbean home. The people of Brighton, ‘London-by-the-sea’, love these animals. We all do. And now we are coming together to celebrate and protect them.

WhaleFest is a not-for-profit event, which raises funds for the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). The WCA is the only global partnership of organisations working for whales and dolphins. With Jean-Michel Cousteau as Honorary President, the WCA has a focused strategy to end captive Killer Whale entertainment at marine parks and protect the last remaining Maui’s dolphins from extinction in New Zealand.

Said Jean-Michel Cousteau: “Without collaboration we will achieve nothing more than a drop in the ocean. The World Cetacean Alliance is a unique opportunity to combine our collective energy, knowledge, and expertise in order to protect whales, dolphins, and their habitats.”

together we are the global voice for whales and dolphins