Festival-goers promised a whale of a time

Dave Mann

Dave Mann

The popular Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival in Exmouth to be held over the weekend May 24 to 26 is fast approaching with its float parade, art and music performances and even circus show.

Live drum and bass act Pimps of Sound, featuring Milly James, will kick off the festival, playing a mix of hip hop and jazz at the opening cocktail party at the Novotel Ningaloo Resort on May 24.

International acts Patrick ‘Patty’ Heilmann and Chloe de Buyl Pisco will also perform at Novotel Ningaloo earlier in the night.

The following night on Saturday May 25 the action moves to Grace’s Tavern where Australian blues and roots band Blue Shaddy are back by popular demand, having had local groovers dancing all night on their last visit.

WA act Dave Mann plays roots and rock in support.

Talanjee Oval will also this year host many of the main community events of the festival with Dave Cannon and Johnny McIntyre playing rock, country and folk tracks.

Other all age attractions include a fun run, float parade, seafood displays, circus acrobatics and fire show, art exhibitions and  kid’s beach games.

Marine conservationist Brad Norman will give a presentation on whale sharks, with famous giant Gulliver also on display.

Other visiting scientists and research groups will be on hand to display their findings.

Festival packages, including whale shark swims, accommodation and tickets to festival events, are available at the Exmouth Visitor Centre 9949 1176.

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