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Save the turtles festival in Samana

The First Quelonios Festival, an awareness-raising event to save turtles, is scheduled for 19 November 2016 in El Valle beach in Samana starting at 11am, with musicians, artisans and environmental experts.

The Dominican Republic is second in environmental vulnerability in the Caribbean. During the event, there will be a roundtable discussion on the state of the seas and coastal wastes on the island of Hispaniola, with special mention of the Bay of SamanĂ¡. The situation of the turtles and their egg laying on the beaches, with a focus on the north shore, will also be discussed. Marine biologist Omar Reynoso, the Mexican-Scottish foundation Ninth Wave, and representatives of Eco Juventud SamanĂ¡ and Foro Ambiental SamanĂ¡, in addition to Ministry of Environment staff will be taking part.

For entertainment, the musical selection ranges from world music and reggae to electronic and hiphop music, with DJs Les Tuts (OndaSonora), Grabolio, Selector Siete, Nyahbinhi, Bit Sound, Manu Fiveofour, DJ Stan, and performances by rap artists AcentOh and El Squad.

The festival is named after the chelonia marine turtle that frequents the Caribbean.

Other attractions include paddleboarding, slackline (tightrope walking), yoga and meditation. Lunch will be with the beach restaurants serving barbecued fresh fish in coconut sauce. There will also be food for vegetarians. Admission is free.

The festival organizers acknowledge the El Valle area has been affected but river flooding, but say that so far the activity will be held. Check their Facebook page for updates:*

Source: DR1

Nov 16, 2016

Category: DR News |

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