The National Maritime Museum celebrates World Oceans Day 2019 with family festival

On 8 June 2019, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) is celebrating World Oceans Day with a family festival designed to raise awareness of the ocean, connect people worldwide and inspire continuing action year-round to protect and restore our oceans.

The day-long festival will incorporate family friendly workshops, and talks from artists and academics as well as art installations and performances, encouraging and inspiring visitors to join together to help protect and conserve the world’s shared ocean. Celebrations will culminate in a World Oceans Day Parade led by performance artists and supported by visitors bearing placards with their own personal pledges to help save the ocean.


By marking World Oceans Day, NMM aims to educate visitors on the importance of the ocean and encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.


Visitors will experience thought-provoking performances throughout the day. Designer and creator Anna Kompaniets will create three headpieces out of rubbish collected at the National Maritime Museum in order to highlight consumer waste issues. These will be the centrepiece of a parade lead by Anna and her troupe that visitors will be encouraged to support and join. Artist, Hector Dyer’s No Time to Waste performance will take its audience on the slow-moving journey of a turtle, aiming to raise awareness and spread positive action about waste, consumption and extinction.


Artist Peter Matthews will discuss how his works have been inspired by the ocean and a pioneering new work by Evan Roth will be displayed alongside accompanying objects from NMM collections. NMM will also host family friendly creative workshops and give visitors the chance to learn a new skill with Outrigger Canoes UK. Both adults and children will be able to try Kayak paddling training machines and learn about Polynesian calls for paddling in a virtual canoe.


“The Museum recognises the importance of highlighting issues related to maritime sustainability and good ocean stewardship.” says Laura Boon, Maritime Curator at NMM. “A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival as it generates much of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, and regulates our climate. Together we can and must protect and restore our ocean.”


The variety of events on offer at the NMM during World Oceans Day aims to encourage visitors to act as caretakers of the ocean, allowing participants of all ages to discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.