It's British Science Festival time this month, with Newcastle the chosen city. From Plymouth to Aberdeen, we've found a couple of other brilliant festivals as well, not to mention some cosmic exhibitions...
Ocean City Festival, various venues, Plymouth
Much to absorb yourself in here. Look out for a dry sea, six feet above the floor of a 17th century Royal Navy victualing yard, which you can drop into, sound boat trips, films and a beagle debate on the species most deserving of salvation. The city’s Seafood Festival begins on the 20th.
Superposition, London Canal Museum, London
Shed your sandals and tread carefully down this ice well near King’s Cross Station, where an artist and a scientist have teamed up for an installation based on particle physics. Read our Preview.
British Science Festival, various venues, Newcastle, September 7-12
What are the powers of your yoghurt? Why do your fingers wrinkle in the bath? And (potentially dispiritingly) how does the brain age? The Science Festival is back and, as usual, the programme ranges from parties and comedy nights – one of which ponders the ugliness of certain animals – to outdoor sports and outlandish public demonstrations.
Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, from September 12
Chris Watson’s appreciation of the wild and the sounds of the world often makes the Cabaret Voltaire co-founder seem like a subtle force of nature in his own right. Football crowds and the tranquil outskirts of Sheffield star in an immersive, audience-influenced homage to his home city. Read our Preview.
TechFest in September, various venues, Aberdeen, from September 13
Microbes, Scooby Doo, a cosmic dome and sustainable sounds in an impressively dense programme of events in Aberdeen. Colourfully imaginative, much of it is designed to inspire the scientists and science fans of the future.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013, National Maritime Museum, London, from September 19
Greenwich’s annual blast-off to the spectacular has attracted entries from across inner space again, with the winners announced on the same day the exhibition opens. Visit rmg.co.uk/astrophoto to decide your favourites.
Universal Everything and You, Science Museum, London, from September 21
The first part of Universal Everything’s installation, 1000 Hands, turns line drawings made by visitors via a smartphone app into an evolving maze of digital art. It then pits them against the second episode, Presence, in which motion captures of dancers move elusively against a black backdrop, their costumes made of glowing feathers, elaborate sculptures and similarly captivating attire.
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