For the third year running Nottingham is hosting the Festival of Science and Curiosity in a bid to encourage people to express their imagination and engage with science, learning, and culture.

Running from the 8th-15th February with a number of different events across the city, the Festival coincides with the annual Nottingham Light Night on Friday 10th.

The festival begins at Broadway Cinema, with a three-day Explorers Fair for school children to experiment with gadgets, technology and take part in workshops.

Video: Hasmita Chavda, Festival Curator talks about the importance of asking questions and what’s going on throughout the festival. 

The festival goes public on Friday 10th with a number of events running alongside Nottingham Light Night, including a tribute to David Bowie and Brian Eno at THiNK in Cobden Chambers. You can even make your own Snowglobes and Psychedelic Projections.

WE WANT TO SHOW EVERYBODY THAT SCIENCE IS EVERYWHERE, THAT IT CAN BE FUN, HANDS-ON AND IS FULL OF POSSIBILITIES.
HASMITA CHAVDA, NOTTINGHAM FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE & CURIOSITY CURATOR 

With giant lungs, a mobile planetarium and a day of worm-themed activities, dinosaurs and whatever else your imagination can conspire, Nottingham’s Festival of Science and Curiosity is there to inspire and support curious minds.

The festival is in collaboration with Nottingham’s best science organisations, educational institutions, and the City Council.

slide1Photo: previous events from Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity 

The National Video Game Arcade is working with the Urban Wormery and University of Nottingham to provide a day of worm-themed fun, also inspired by the popular Nottingham orinating game; Worms.

Audio: Rachel Barrett, National Video Game Arcade, talks about the worm event happening Saturday 11th. 

So who is involved?

  • STEMCity has been developed by members of the Science and Technology Advisory Group’s (STAC) Education and Training working group, a partnership of education, industry, government and citizen representatives who work together to increase the culture of science and technology learning across the city.
  • Ignite! (Ignite Futures Ltd) is an independent non – profit company based in Nottingham since 2007, and working in partnerships with university science departments and artists to increase creative opportunities for young people in schools and in other places like libraries and museums.
  • Broadway Cinema, is an independent cinema based in Hockley, with an international reputation. Near Now is Broadway Cinema’s producing, commissioning and artist development programme, which works closely with artists and designers to produce projects that explore the place and impact of technology in everyday life.
  • Light Night, now in its tenth year, is organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with community organisations and venues and comprises of various light-themed events throughout the city.
  • Cobden Chambers, based in Hockley, is a renovated retail space based in Hockley, and home to various creative businesses, including THiNK, an award-winning café and meeting place.
  • The National Video game Arcade, opened in 2015, is an independent organization based in Nottingham, which seeks to bring videogames to a wider audience, with an emphasis on education and innovation.

Here’s what happened at last years event:

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