Brighton Science Festival 2017 takes place from 11 – 19 February.
Since 2005, Brighton Science Festival has been inspiring young minds across Sussex with the flagship Bright Sparks event – a weekend of hands-on, accessible science fun for youngsters and their parents. Twelve years later, the festival focus is shifting back onto young people. They, after all, are the mad scientists of the future.
In addition to the Bright Sparks weekend, there will be a packed programme of shows, workshops and activities over the February half term - to inspire curious minds. As always, the emphasis is on serious fun – the kind of learning that doesn’t feel like work. Learn loads about technology, medicine and maths without even knowing it, taking the fear out of quantum theory, while putting the LOL into encephalology.
Marty Jopson, the resident scientist on BBC’s The One Show, is coming to town to explore and explode everyday household items, clearing up the science behind domestic and kitchen conundrums while making a massive mess of his own.
Brad Gross’ Blast Science is a fun and frenetic tour through some seriously entertaining experiments and deafening demonstrations. As his name suggests, it’s pretty gross, but it’s always a blast.
Richard Wiseman also lives up to his name, venturing deep into the world of science and illusion, while Oliver Meech brings his own showbiz magic with an uncanny comedy show revealing the science behind magic tricks.
Caroline Watt takes us further into the science of the supernatural with an investigation into ghosts and paranormal activity, which might be good preparation for Mystery at Frankenstein Castle, a unique interactive theatre show that relies on the audience doing experiments and solving puzzles to bring a monster to life.
Meanwhile, Radio 4’s Festival of the Spoken Nerd return with a new batch of live experiments, surreal science songs and non-conformist comedy cooking. The unlikely musical genre of scientific songwriting also sees a new entry from award-winning Tangram Theatre with the premiere of their new show Ensonglopedia of Science.
Bright Sparks ignitesg the festival on February 11-12. A treat for young people aged 7 and up, there will be dozens of stalls, shows and activities; from cockroaches to computer coding, slime mould to sound waves, giant drawing machines to microscopic organisms. With thousands attending every year, there’s something to fascinate and thrill every young mind.
Published 20th December 2016
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