It’s Jenn Sandiford here, Youth Engagement Officer for the project telling you where we got the idea for SYATS Fest 🙂
Cornwall has around 300 miles of glorious coastline. This coastline has a massive effect on Cornwall’s residents but sometimes we still struggle to spread the message of marine conservation and make it accessible to all whether you live inland or directly by the sea.
The Your Shore Beach Rangers project engages with young people and communities through events and training, developing employability skills and creating inclusive opportunities, promoting marine conservation. We are so lucky to work with an amazing group of volunteers across Cornwall. This network of groups covers most of the Cornish coastline and is named The Your Shore Network. Each group is run by a hardworking bunch of volunteers who devote their spare time to look after their local patch. They run events, talks and training, engaging with the general public or sharing knowledge with members. We celebrate our marine environment and the achievements of the volunteers in many ways including bringing them together for things such as the Your Shore Conference, talks, activities, social media, and marine discovery days but sometimes it feels like we’re preaching to the converted. That’s where the idea for See you at the Sea Festival came from.
We want to bring together our amazing network with artists, photographers, designers, film makers, musicians, story tellers, many of which play a key role within the groups, in a hope to gather a more eclectic combination of folk, all eager to inspire, share and learn from one another. We want to spread the word further a field and raise awareness of issues in marine conservation today such as plastics, disturbance, pollution, entanglement and many more. We want to educate about issues species face but also give information of what you can do to help. We understand that people interact with the ocean in different ways, not everyone wants to rockpool or snorkel to immerse themselves in the underwater worlds, but they may like to admire a painting or sculpture, a beautiful or atmospheric photo of our rugged coastline, listen to some music that sets them by the seaside or show their support to a group of people taking direct action to save our seas, they’ll be something for everyone at See you at the Sea Festival.
See you at the Sea Festival – Saturday 28th September, Princess Pavilions Falmouth, 12.00pm – 8.00pm. This is a free event but donations to groups and participants most welcome. We’ll be taking over the café and gardens at the Princess Pavilions in Falmouth with information stands, art and photography exhibits, workshops, storytelling in the band stand, music, films and lots lots more! It’s not too late to sign up and take part; we’re looking for creative conservationists to join us on the day to showcase their work whether it be art or activism or a combination of the two, get in touch with Jenn Sandiford at [email protected] or 07973728775.