Maritime festival SeaFest will take place in Cork for the next three years, from 2019 – 2021.
Cllr Mick Finn,Lord Mayor of Cork, said: "When you consider the importance of our maritime assets in Cork, it is crucial that the city and county councils co-operate to maximise events like Seafest and European Maritime Day to attract further interest and investment in what we have."
The festival, which had taken place in Galway for the past three years, has been increasingly drawing public with 100,000 visitors in 2017 and 2018.
SeaFest is the main initiative of Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan, which aims to increase Citizens' engagement with the seas and oceans as well as the awareness of maritime impact in a way that could develop the marine economy.
“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,” said Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
“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."
As part of the event, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit is hosting the representatives of island states from around the world.
The Our Ocean Wealth Summit is taking place in Cork in June of next year as part of the national festival, embodying an international aspect.
"We have travelled far in recent years in realising the potential of our marine resources. In 2019, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit will bring together representatives from island states across the globe, to share knowledge and culture," said Simon Coveney, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
SeaFest begins on 07 - 09 June 2019 and the Our Ocean Wealth Summit Conference is going to be held in Cork on Thursday, 06 and Friday 07 June, next year.
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