Saturday, 15 October 2016

Manchester Science Festival returns!

Manchester Science Festival is the biggest science festival in England, with a huge variety of events, performances and workshops to get involved with. The festival, produced by the Museum of Science of Industry, will return next week with its unique combination of science, art, music, literature, food, and more. This year the festival has chosen to focus on “surprising, meaningful science”, with a goal of inspiring and encouraging future generations of scientists and inventors. I attended the launch party for the festival with Georgie, Science & Tech editor of the Mancunion, the student newspaper we both write for.
At the launch!
Speaking at the launch of the festival, Sally McDonald, Director of MSI, told of the 120,000 visits MSF had last year, making it “by far” the largest science festival in the country. However, she continued to say that, “it isn't just about being the biggest, it’s about being the boldest, and the most creative and the most innovative”. Acting as the flagship event of Manchester’s reign as European City of Science 2016, this year’s MSF has inspired them to “make the city become alive with science not just in the period of October but throughout the year”.
Sally McDonald speaking at the launch
The festival aims to be appealing to all. There are events that cater specifically to different age groups, as well as inclusive events for all ages to enjoy. Adults can enjoy delving into the science behind casinos, learning about sustainable eating or taking a whiskyology class. There is also an event performed by Rachel McCarthy called ‘Elements: Poetry in molecular motion’, which will be exploring the science behind poetry. This event promises to combine visual, smell and audio stimuli alongside some of McCarthy’s acclaimed poetry collection.
If you fancy something active, there are plenty of tours run by the festival, such as the cycling solar system tour around Fallowfield. You can also literally walk a mile in the shoes of inspiring scientists; the ‘John Dalton: Father of Science’ tour walks through places important to the life of Dalton, who is regarded by some as Manchester’s first great scientist.
Georgie getting stuck in with the VR display at the launch!
Now in its 10th year, MSF will also be throwing a ‘birthday party’ to commemorate the festival’s run, because as Antonio Benitez, Director of MSF, correctly pointed out, “if Manchester knows how to do anything, it’s to party”. The event will still appeal to everyone’s inner-geek as you can find out the psychology of hating clowns, the secrets behind magic tricks, and the mathematics in cutting the perfect slice of cake.
Whilst the majority of events are free, some do require pre-booking or a fee, so it is worth checking on the website for additional information and a full timetable of activities.
This post was originally written for the Mancunion, a student newspaper based in Manchester that I am a reporter for. If you would like to read more articles from the paper, click here!


  1. this looks so much fun :)

  2. I really wanted to go to this event but I had a uni committment at the same time which was such a shame! Looks like you had a great time though! xx

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  4. When we all introduced ourselves here. We were received warmly by all those who participated in the event. Events at LA venues are a lot of fun, giving access to features that aren't always the easiest to get into and aren't always the most wallet friendly.