Arts and Culture

Manchester Science Festival returns

Manchester Science Festival is returning to the Science and Industry Museum tomorrow for the first time in four years and will run for 10 days.

The free event is a highlight in Manchester’s cultural calendar and will showcase innovation through world-premiere events and experiences.

The theme surrounding all the events is ‘What does the future hold for humanity?’

Ella Wild, Head of Festival and Events at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “It’s brilliant to have the festival back – it’s hard to put it into words without sounding too dramatic. 

“We did a really successful digital online festival, but nothing beats coming to the museum in person and experiencing the exhibitions.

“We’re really excited seeing people coming back to the museum, and the best thing about it is it’s all free.”

One of the festival’s headline events sees the museum team up with world-renowned choreographer Corey Baker.

He was responsible for choreographing the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

The fun interactive experience called ‘Giant Leaps’ allows you to throw some shapes and see how your movements influence the journeys of stars and space dust.

A preview of Giant Leaps at the Manchester Science Festival

Wild said: “Corey’s ideas and visions are unbelievable, so to work with him and bring his work to the museum and enable visitors to experience what’s in his mind is excellent.

“He’s doing an amazing project with the European Space Agency called The First Dance in Space, and this really is the start of that.

“We want to encourage people to move and dance in the space, but if people want to just come and experience it and hear about Corey’s story and ambitions then they can.”

The lineup also includes events for both families and adults, with the chance to explore Castlefield Viaduct at nightfall.

‘Turn it Up: The Power of Music’ allows you to discover the incredible ways in which technology is changing how music is played and enjoyed.

Another headline activity taking place in the evening on 26 October is the ‘Future of Sex’.

It explores how technology and education are creating a future that fantasies are made of: visitors can try a new kind of online romance as the festival explores whether we could build relationships with chatbots.

From AI to VR, you can try on a headset and experience the first-ever VR dating app Flirtual.

You can view the full festival schedule and book your place at the headline events here.

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