SeaFest - National Maritime Festival (30th June - 02nd July 2017)
SeaFest is Ireland’s national maritime festival and this year it will be held in the Galway Harbour area from from Friday 30th June to Sunday 02nd July 2017.
The extensive SeaFest programme of events will include a seafood fair, seafood cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs and seafaring family fun. Come along to discover all about our ocean from exploration methods to shipwrecks and life of deep oceans. There will be tours of Ocean going vessels, leisure craft and boats, exhibits on marine life and all manner of festival entertainment for all ages. Below is an overview of the main festival events.
Our Ocean Wealth Conference
The conference will focus on progress on the implementation of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – Ireland’s integrated marine plan and will examine the following areas:
Into the Blue – Economy and Growth
Into the Blue – Map, Observe, Predict – Innovating across the Atlantic
Into the Blue – Our New relationship with the sea
Beneath Our Wild Atlantic
The inner pier at Galway Harbour will host tours of the RV Celtic Explorer, free film screenings*, and an exciting, new, family-friendly exhibition from the Marine Institute. Come along to discover all about our ocean – from how we explore, to shipwrecks and creatures of the deep.
SeaFest Food Experience
A highlight of the festival will be the seafood experience showcasing the very best of Ireland’s seafood with cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs Martin Shanahan and Rory O’Connell. Michael O’Meara, author of the top selling Sea Gastronomy cookbook and acclaimed chef from Oscar’s Bistro will also share his extensive seafood knowledge and favourite seafood dishes.
On the Water
There will be gathering of Galway Hookers in the harbour on July 01st and 02nd as part of SeaFest, with various on the water races including a race for the historic Galway Plate. Also the Commissioner of Irish Lights, who maintain all the lighthouses across the country, will be bringing their exhibition of the role of Irish lighthouses from 1911 to 1923 and their own ship, The Granuaile, to SeaFest. A truly unique event entitled 'On A Voyage' sees a paper boat take to water for a unique journey. The premise focuses the childhood dream of taking the simplest of means – a sheet of paper and a little imagination – and using it to create a boat with which to travel into the unlimited realms of fantasy. In making it a reality, the dream loses its sense of unlimited possibility, thus revealing that it is in preciously this quality that its true essence lies.
One of the world's most famous Tall Ships, which has had a starring role in dozens of box office seafaring films and TV series will also take part in SeaFest maritime festival. The visit by the The Phoenix Tall Ship will be one of the highlights of SeaFest weekend which is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the city. The 112 foot long twin masted Brigantine will be instantly recognisable to film goers from the role it played in the epic film "1492: Conquest of Paradise" the Ridley Scott directed fictionalized story of Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World.
The Festival Village
Between BIM’s Big Top on the old Topaz site and the Marine Institute’s Beneath the Wild Atlantic exhibition on the pier, will be a host of festival market stalls selling hot and cold snacks and beverages and some of Galway’s finest crafts.
Safety at Sea Through War and Upheaval: Exhibition
Irish Lights joins with the Royal Irish Academy to bring you this fantastic exhibition that will be showcasing in venues all along the Irish coastline in 2017. This exhibition captures the history of Irish Lights, and the history of the island of Ireland itself, its ever-changing coasts and shorelines, and the history of the people who lived along our island’s seaboard.
The Longest River
The Longest River is a performance involves the well-known Galway choir, Cois Cladaigh; Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin (Soloist); Eugene Lambe (Uilleann Piper) and Kathleen Loughnane (Harpist). SeaFest is a key part of Harnessing our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland (HOOW) and its goal of increasing participation and engagement with the sea. SeaFest also hosts the annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference and other business and research events.