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The New Zealand International Science Festival returns to Dunedin for 2021 with a programme jam-packed with over 100 events, and 250 sessions over the 10-day event. The Festival, which takes place during the July school holidays (8-18 July) offers something for every age group, from the very young to the more mature audience.
Big Science Show with Amadeo returns for the first weekend of the Festival. Expect the usual bangs, pops, thrills and spills which are a traditional part of the always popular festival event. This year, the Festival has engaged local comedian and playwright Abby Howells to write the show, and Alex Wilson to direct.
The Festival is excited to present Our Moon: Then Now and Beyond, an installation artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. The work, a 4m diameter inflatable sphere with a hi-resolution NASA photograph of our Moon will be suspended inside Hanover Hall for the second half of the Festival. The Moon will play host to a number of other events, such as yoga, the Space Frontiers Exhibition, story time for children, and much more.
The Festival is very excited to announce that Tiny Ruins' Hollie Fullbrook will perform a very special solo show underneath Luke Jarrem's Moon Sculpture. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her debut album 'Some were meant for Sea', the celebrated New Zealand songwriter will play an intimate show directly underneath the massive glowing sculpture, in the ambient setting of Hanover Hall after dark.
The CODE Virtual Reality & Gaming Centre will transport attendees to other worlds. The VR and Gaming Centre has proven extremely popular in the past, offering the public the opportunity to experience the latest in Virtual Reality technology. This time the centre will be located in the old Aotea Gifts shop at 19 George Street, as a part of the Science Festival Trail, a walking trail leading to Festival hubs and venues all within a 20 minute walk of the Octagon.
On the opening night, the Festival presents Science in the Spotlight, a fireside chat between Festival patron Helen Anderson, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Dame Juliet Gerrard, and the chair of the Climate Change Commission Rod Carr. The panel will discuss the challenges faced by Climate Change, as well as the massive leaps forward that science is currently making and those that science will need to make, in order to tackle our future.
The Festival is reimagining play with the Imagination Playground, where children can build and engineer their own structures with giant blue building blocks. The Municipal Chambers will play host to Imagination Playground, which will mark the starting point of the Festival's walking trail.
Open now as a part of a series of lead up events, Slice of Life: The World Famous Dunedin Study provides an overview of the Dunedin Study, it's methods, and its major findings and celebrates the lives of the Study Members. The exhibition is open 10am-4pm every day leading up to and through the Festival at 375 Andersons Bay Road.
All of these events and the full Festival programme of over 100 events is available now, and tickets are available at scifest.org.nz