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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Festival of Human Abilities to be in-person again

The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate the creativity of people with disabilities for the 19th year during its Festival of Human Abilities this weekend.

Last year, the Long Beach aquarium truncated the festival into one day and presented online. Live performances will return this year, as will in-person exhibits and more, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30.

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Performances will include songs from blind guitarist Dat Nguyen and wheelchair hip hop dancing. Crowds usually flock to the aquarium’s tanks to watch adaptive diving demonstrations by annual participant Diveheart, an Illinois nonprofit that provides scuba and scuba therapy to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Artist exhibits and demonstrations will be scattered around the aquarium’s Great Hall. The idea is to celebrate dancers, musicians and artists who have learned adaptive skills to hone their craft, an aquarium statement said.

Each year, the Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award is presented during the festival. The winner will be revealed this weekend.

The festival is included with the cost of general admission — $36.95 for adults, $26.95 for children ages 3 to 11 and $33.95 for seniors 62 and older. It is free to aquarium members and children younger than 3.

Advance reservations are still required to visit the aquarium on weekends, and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed: everyone 2 and older must wear a mask at all times, both indoors and outdoors, while at the aquarium.

Reservations and Information: aquariumofpacific.org.

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Source: Orange County Register

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