The Edinburgh Science Festival powered by EDF Energy kicks off its 31st edition today! This year’s programme, inspired by the 50th anniversary of Moon landing, is themed around Frontiers as it explores the uncharted territories of our life on Earth and beyond.
The Festival lasts until 21 April and presents over 270 events across 31 venues in and around Edinburgh for people of all ages! Edinburgh University’s Pleasance becomes the new Festival Hub, hosting a variety of science shows, hands-on events, debates, discussions and workshops.
The Science Festival programme sets out to explore various Frontiers: Planetary, Digital, Healthcare, Engineering, Environmental, Social and Food, inviting world-class scientists, academics and authors to discuss everything from overpopulation, climate change and space exploration to medical cannabis and Trump’s Twitter feed.
Amanda Tyndall, Creative and Festival Director at Edinburgh Science Festival said: “At the heart of all science lies an unquenchable curiosity; a deep urge to explore and explain the unknown and to push the Frontiers of our knowledge of ourselves, the world around us and our place in the Universe.”
“This year’s Festival celebrate the spirit of adventure and enquiry that drives science, with a pioneering programme of events for all ages, exploring the Frontiers of everything from the depths of the ocean to the farthest reaches of space to the working of the brain.’’
Over the course of the Festival our City Art Centre will once again turn into a playground of family-friendly events with 5 floors of hands-on science for children as young as three. It’s a perfect day out for the family in the Easter Holidays with six new workshops around energy, colour, animals and space exploration.
Festival highlights include A Human Touch, a major free open-air photography exhibition exploring human influence on Earth opened on 20 March in front of the Scottish Parliament. Science in the Spotlight returns with another world premiere theatre production: Melody and Sam: Record Breakers, a tender and hilarious story of friendship and breaking world records, developed with support from Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.
Also in the children’s programme, five floors of hands-on science at City Art Centre is back with the favourites such as Blood Bar and ER Surgery alongside five new workshops and interactive activities. National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery will host Build and Break inviting young visitors. to BUILD IT – build magical structures with super-sized construction blocks – and then head over to BREAK IT to be set loose on a huge pile of discarded electronics with a screw driver and a pair of pliers (under adult supervision!).
To browse all Edinburgh Science Festival events, visit the website on www.sciencefestival.co.uk.