From 2 June to 13 August 2023, learn about the state of the oceans and responsible use of ocean resources at Ocean Fest 2023: One Shared Future. Visitors of all ages can look forward to an exciting line-up of programmes, including a specially curated photo exhibition, immersive art installations by local artists and educational booths – all revolving around ocean sustainability.
Parents and their young ocean enthusiasts can also enjoy bonding time during the school holidays with the Junior Ocean Protector programme, which runs from 27 May to 25 June 2023. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to delve deeper into marine biodiversity and conservation through fun and enriching activities.
Ocean Fest 2023: One Shared Future (2 June – 13 August 2023)
This World Oceans Day happening on 8 June 2023, learn how everyone can contribute to marine conservation at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Ocean Fest 2023: One Shared Future. The event invites you to examine the interdependence between humans and oceans through the lens of marine life affected by human activity.
Step into a possible future of a dystopic ocean with the Eyes On Our Oceans photo exhibition in S.E.A. Aquarium. The photographs curated from The Ocean Agency – an international non-profit organisation dedicated to marine conservation – touch on a variety of topics, such as ocean diversity, responsible fishing and marine debris.
The impact of human behaviour on oceans is also reimagined through thought-provoking art installations by local artists Victor Emmanuel and Stellah Lim in Bold Beauty. Victor Emmanuel’s ‘Cumulative’ is a progressive four-part series of sculptures which showcases the many ways that an organism is affected by single-use plastics and microplastics, while ‘Mistaken Identity’ by Stellah Lim is a demonstration of how single-use plastics are recycled and manipulated to resemble marine animals.
In Once Upon A Tide at Ocean Dome, be transported into tales of a fisherman’s greed and a brave crab through video stories by celebrated storyteller Kamini Ramachandran. Drawing inspiration from her book for one of the tales, Kamini’s stories are a reminder to treasure oceans and their resources.
You can also visit educational booths at Waves Of Hope to learn about environmental efforts and solutions from Singapore’s youths and advocates. From 5 to 16 June, visit the Citizen Science Booth to find out more about S.E.A. Aquarium’s Citizen Science Programme.
You can sign up as volunteers, who will receive training and participate in a survey to monitor Singapore’s marine biodiversity. This serves to generate awareness and appreciation of local biodiversity, which will contribute to marine research in Singapore.
From 20 to 30 June, check out the Youth Ocean Ambassador Programme Booth for poster presentations of think-tank solutions by youths. These presentations have been curated from the Youth Ocean Ambassador Programme, where youths aged 15 to 18 invent modern solutions for specific marine issues. To round off the experience at Ocean Fest, visitors can pledge their commitment to protecting the oceans at the pledge wall. The wall also includes information and a QR code for guests to sign up for beach clean-ups and become S.E.A. Aquarium volunteers.
Ocean Fest 2023: One Shared Future is included in regular admission to S.E.A. Aquarium. Tickets retail from S$43/Adult and S$32/Child.
Junior Ocean Protector (27 May – 25 June 2023)
S.E.A. Aquarium’s Junior Ocean Protector also returns from 27 May till 25 June, but with a twist! Both children and adults can participate in the programme, where they go on a guided trail to uncover interesting facts about marine animals. Each six-hour session also includes exclusive behind-the-scenes access at the aquarium – participants get to join Aquarists as they prepare food for the marine animals, see a shark’s egg up close and learn more about the lifecycle of sea jellies.
There is even a craft workshop to teach participants how to assemble a portable microscope and use it to see tiny artemia – or brine shrimp – from S.E.A. Aquarium in detail.
The Junior Ocean Protector programme is for children aged 7 to 12 and an accompanying adult, with one session per day from Fridays to Sundays, from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch is included.
Early bird tickets are on sale from now till 23 May at S$398 and include a S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day ticket for one adult and one child. Regular tickets are available from 24 May to 21 June at S$428.