SeaFest, Ireland’s largest maritime festival, will set sail for Cork next year. The festival will dock in Cork for the next three years, from 2019 – 2021.
Ireland’s national maritime festival has been held in Galway for the past three years, and has quickly become one of the most popular events in the country. It has grown in attendance each year, with the festival attracting more than 100,000 visitors in 2017 and again in 2018.
SeaFest is a key initiative of ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’ Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan which aims not just to develop the marine economy but also to increasing participation and engagement by the Citizens of Ireland with the sea. The national festival celebrates Ireland’s proud maritime heritage and the many ways our seas and oceans impact on and enrich our lives.
SeaFest will take place in Cork City the weekend of the 7th - 9th June 2019. In addition, as part of the national festival, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit Conference will be held in Cork on Thursday, 6th and Friday 7th June.
Speaking this week, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed said, "SeaFest is all about raising awareness about the value and economic opportunities provided by our marine sector, it has been particularly successful in increasing awareness of maritime issues which impact on all of us, through a host of engaging and educational activities for people of every age.”
He added, "As a national festival, it is important that the event reaches across Ireland, enabling more people to increase their knowledge about the value of our oceans. I’m delighted to announce that Cork will host the festival for the next three years, and look forward to the fantastic line-up of free events and activities on offer at SeaFest 2019, which I expect to be the largest SeaFest yet."