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ISSUE 15 - 2023

Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival 2023 kicks off tomorrow with our Ocean Plastic Action Forum ahead of our big weekend of entertainment. Head online to check out the many free and exciting festival events from markets and music to talks and films, plus join hundreds on Bondi Beach for yoga, sand sculpture or a big beach clean. We are looking forward to sharing the ocean love.


ISSUE 14 - 2023

Less than two weeks to go!

We are so excited by the program we have to share with you and hope you have the dates in the diary, have grabbed tickets, planned your sand sculpture for the competition, checked our music acts and cleared the diary to join our Ocean Lab workshops and incredible free ‘Science in your swimmers talks”.


Read on for great competitions and deals and latest event news.

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ISSUE 13 - 2023

Welcome 2023 – the third year of the UN Ocean Decade and celebrating our third Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival returning to Bondi in the restored Pavilion from March 15 to 19. We are now officially UNESCO endorsed as an ocean decade activity. We have a jam-packed program of activities and events to share with you and inspire action for the ocean.  Put it in the diary and check out our free programs for all ages here.

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ISSUE 12 - 2022

That’s a wrap on our 2022 Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival, after COVID and weather delays we were finally able to hold our festival in Bondi and what a beautiful weekend it was! The sun came out and we were blessed with a weekend full of sharing great ideas, art + music and action for the ocean. A huge thank you to all our sponsors, partners and friends and volunteers who helped make the festival happen and thanks to everyone who came down to Bondi, spoke to a scientist, walked around our markets and art, enjoyed the music and helped us share hope and love for the ocean.


ISSUE 11 - 2022

WE ARE ON THIS WEEKEND! Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival will be an all-weather, all-ages, all-on weekend of fantastic activities, exhibitions and events for the ocean. There are indoor and outdoor activities so come along and support all our enthusiastic participants. Amazing student artworks are on display in our Litterarty Exhibition inside the Bondi Surf Club, kids free Ocean Lab Workshops are in a marquee, outdoor Market Stalls in the park and a full stage program of Live Music plus fascinating talks on stage in Bondi Park will be highlighted with two terrific Trashion Parades on Saturday. You can dodge the rain showers and get wet in Icebergs Pool with our Crayweed Forest and Living Seawall tile installations. Head to the website to check the program all day Saturday and Sunday. 


ISSUE 10 - 2022

Our new look website is now live. Please dive in for the full program and all the festival offers including great food and beverages from our many partners in Bondi. And if you can stay around Saturday night for the outdoor film screening Girls Can’t Surf, we will kick off the fundraising campaign for a Pauline Menzcer statue in Bondi with a donation from the Festival and our partner The Hidden Sea Wine. Pauline remains Bondi’s only world champion surfer – very worthy of a bit of bronze and she will there in person. 


ISSUE 9 - 2022

It is time to Dive in to the diary and make a date to be at the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival - just 4 weekends away. In this issue we announce our live music line-up and some super new events you can book into like learn to freedive, paint ocean art, join sunrise yoga and get a deal on a festival getaway plus much more.


ISSUE 8 - 2022

Seven weeks until we open the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival 2022. Time to mark some dates in the diary to dive in with us and celebrate lots of ocean loving activities and free outdoor events including the return of the marvellous Marina DeBris 'trashion' parade at our festival hub.  

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ISSUE 7 - 2022

Today marks just three short months to our Festival in Bondi. Put it in your calendar for the weekend of March 12 and 13. Come and Dive In To Wonder with our new campaign. Jump onto our socials to see all we will be offering with Ideas, Art + Music and Actions in our jam-packed festival of hope for the ocean, wrapped with a big dose of fun and sun. 



An open letter to the Hon Keith Pitt (Minister for Resources and Water) requesting the termination of the PEP 11 permit from Dr. Sylvia Earle (Mission Blue) signed by Anita Kolni (Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival), Lorna Parry (Underwater Earth) and Dr. Olaf Meynecke (Gold Coast Bay Hope Spot Champion)

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ISSUE 6 - 2021

Watch out Bondi! The Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival Vehicles have arrived. Thanks Volvo! Two of these super XC40's will be cruising around to promote our festival, and the incredible Living Seawall project delivered with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

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ISSUE 5 - 2021

Hi there we have new festival dates! With the support of Volvo, Waverley Council and our many partners and supporters we have made the decision to move the festival dates out of COVID's way and have a new home from March 10 to 13 2022.

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ISSUE 4 - 2021

Welcome back! We are headed back to Bondi Beach for a celebration of Hope for the Ocean in November this year. Join us, with our new naming rights partner Volvo, from November 25th 28th for the Festival of Ideas, Art + Music and Actions for the ocean.

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