Free film screening of the 'The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde' on the 10th of May in Ballinasloe Library !
Irish film is to screen at Ballinasloe library! Canola Pictures in association with The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will screen the film The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde as part of a unique collaboration with the libraries of Ireland!
The Irish made film will be shown on the 10th May at 7.00pm at Ballinasloe Library. It is one of a limited number of screenings in libraries around Ireland. Admission is free but on a first come basis. Shot in Ireland, Cape Verde and Malta, The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde follows Dr Simon Berrow and an international team of marine scientists on an ambitious adventure to prove humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres use the Cape Verde archipelago as a breeding ground. (Film trailer here: https://vimeo.com/145157256).
Screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with experts from the IWDG and the film's director, Tony Whelan. ‘We’re telling an international story with an Irish perspective. It’s a cracking tale, the science, the scientists are brilliant,’ says Tony Whelan. ‘As a storyteller, the library tour is a unique opportunity to engage with an audience.’ The IWDG see the three month library tour as a perfect platform to highlight their ongoing commitment to education and to emphasise the importance of conservation in our seas. ‘It still comes as a surprise to many that we have whales in Ireland when in fact the numbers here are increasing each year and Ireland is becoming internationally important’ says Dr Berrow. ‘To understand where whales in Ireland are coming from or going to and breeding is essential to protect them. This film is part of a 10 year search for the breeding grounds of humpback whales in Ireland.’
The The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde library tour begins in Dublin in the Lexicon and will travel to towns and villages across the country including Ballinasloe, Bray, Ballyroan (Dublin), Clonakilty, Killarney, Kilkee, Maynooth, Skibereen, Sligo, Waterford Youghal and Newcastle Co Down. Tour details available http://www.iwdg.ie/events .
2016 is the 25th anniversary of all Irish waters being declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in Europe. ‘The sanctuary declaration was a cornerstone in Ireland’s modern relationship with whales and dolphins and its rich marine waters. It was a pioneering gesture and one which countries around the world admire, support and have followed.’
Further information is available from Isabelle Courtney of Canola Pictures: Isabelle@canolapictures.com
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