IWDG film starts unique library tour in the Lexicon

2nd Jan 2016

Canola Pictures in association with The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will premiere 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 12th January 2016 at the Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire at 7pm. It will be the first of a number of such screenings in libraries around Ireland. Admission is free but on a first come basis. You can book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-hump-back-whales-of-cape-verde-tickets-20299043987?aff=eac2

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 and scientists are brilliant.’ says Tony Whelan. ‘As a storyteller, the library tour is a great 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 Humpback Whales of Cape Verde library tour begins in Dublin in the Lexicon and will travel to towns and villages across the country including Killarney, Clonakilty, Ballinasloe and Maynooth. 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 on 087-2366878. Email: Isabelle@canolapictures.com

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