Connection to whales to be celebrated at festival

Albany Advertiser

Albany whale season will be welcomed in with a first-of-its-kind whale festival next month.

The inaugural Welcoming the Whales Festival is set to take place Saturday June 3 from 10am to 2pm at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.

The festival is to celebrate the return of whales to local waters and recognises the value of whale watching to our tourism industry and local economy.

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station general manager Elise van Gorp said Albany has a unique history surrounding the whales which grace our shores.

“This festival will bring those stories to life, connecting our past with the present,” she said.

The Festival coincides with the beginning of the Albany whale watching season which runs until October.

Ms van Gorp said the festical was supported by the City of Albany and Discover Albany Foundation.

“The festival will feature whale themed fun and activities for all ages, live music, roving entertainment, food, heritage and folklore,” she said.

Welcoming the Whales Festival is a free community event

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