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Media Statement


28 September 2023

Directors of the Hermanus Whale Festival Regrettably Announce The Cancellation of The 2023 Festival After Careful Consideration.

The directors of the highly anticipated 32nd Hermanus Whale Festival regretfully announce the cancellation of this year’s event. The decision to cancel was made after much consideration and a meeting this morning with the Overstrand Municipality’s events team and Mayor.  A full risk assessment was done including the water issue [28 Sept 2023 there was no water in the CBD taps] and an evaluation of the potential impact on public health and safety.  During the meeting, we were informed by officials that this is now a disaster area.  This, together with an assessment of all the variables, prompted the decision to cancel.

The health and well-being of our visitors, role-players, stallholders and volunteers are of utmost importance to us. Given the ongoing challenges and uncertainties related to the aftermath of the Cape Storm of the previous weekend, we believe it is the responsible and prudent choice to cancel the Hermanus Whale Festival this year.

We understand that this news may come as a disappointment to the vendors and the community, as the Hermanus Whale Festival has always been a cherished event that brings our community together. However, the safety and welfare of all involved must take precedence.

While we will not be able to hold the traditional festival this year, we will explore alternative ways to celebrate and educate the public about the magnificent marine life that frequents our shores.

We would like to express our gratitude to the community, local businesses, Overstrand Municipality and sponsors who have supported us in the past. Your unwavering support has been instrumental in the success of the Hermanus Whale Festival, and we look forward to working together again in the future.

We will continue to keep the community updated on any future plans for the Hermanus Whale Festival. Please visit our website and follow our social media channels for the latest information.

For any inquiries email us at

Kind Regards,

The Board of Directors of the Hermanus Whale Festival


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