More Than 100 Events At Manchester Science Festival 2008

By Tara Booth | 24 October 2008
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The Manchester Science Festival is running from October 25 - November 2 2008. © Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival 2008, a family-friendly Manchester-wide programme promoting science, technology and engineering, is running from October 25 to November 2.

The festival will host more than 100 events and activities for adults and children at venues including the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Museum, CUBE, The Trafford Centre and Manchester Central Library.

The events are related to four themes: ‘Manchesticity' – the city’s endeavours, achievements, people, places and ideas; ‘Mind and Body’ – activities and topics about brains and brawn; ‘Planet’ – exploring the impact on and use of the earth plus looking into space; and ‘The Elements’ – earth, wind, water, fire and the weather.

The Manchester Science Festival website.

The events are divided into four themes which relate to science, engineering and technology.

A diverse range of performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops and demonstrations will be available, designed to enthuse and inspire audiences about science, technology and engineering.

Many of the events are free but some require a small fee. Prior booking is essential for some events. For further information visit the Manchester Science Festival 2008 website.

Shows a photograph of the front entrance to Manchester's Museum of Science & Industry.

The Museum of Science and Industry will host a selection of events. Courtesy of Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

With more than 100 events and activities during the Manchester Science Festival, here are Culture24’s top five picks:

1) The Planetarium Show – The Night Sky – Saturday October 25 – Sunday November 2 Museum of Science and Industry, Adults £1.50, Concessions £1.00, no under 5s.

This show provides a seasonal view of the stars and planets, as seen from the North West of England. The show is limited to 30 places and tickets can be purchased from the Information Desk on the ground floor.

2) Science Busking at Piccadilly Station – October 24 8am-2pm, October 27-28 8am-2pm Piccadilly Station, free.

Drop by Picadilly Station in the morning and see the buskers and their tricks.

3) Family Telecommunications Day – Saturday October 25, 10.30am-3.30pm and Sunday October 26, 10.30am-3.30pmMuseum of Science and Industry, free.

This event explores how communications technology has changed over the years and how it works by showing experiments and demonstrations. There will also be an exhibition showcasing 170 years of telecommunications – from semaphore flags to the evolution of the mobile phone.

4) The Life and Language of Science – An Introduction for Fiction Writers – Saturday October 25, 11am-1pm Museum of Science and Industry, £6 / £3 concessions. Call 0870 428 0785 or book online at www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Writers and scientists Ann Lingard and Jennifer Rohn, will talk about the joys and challenges of putting modern science into fiction. They will also run a ‘hands-on’ workshop using a variety of scientific objects and images to give budding authors the courage to explore science and fiction writing.

5) Art, Craft and Object Handling – October 27 – 31, 11am-4pm The Manchester Museum, free.

During the half-term holiday, children can experience science related art and craft, object handling and Iron Age dressing-up.

Full details at www.manchestersciencefestival.com

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