Headline events Manchester Science Festival is proud to present three firsts in the intertwining worlds of art, science and music. See atmospheric cloud research brought to life through surprising artistic interventions, experience a sleep laboratory in a shopping centre and hear a unique music performance inspired by the space race.
Fun for all ages The Festival is a playground for everyone. Be immersed in virtual reality, see exciting new research in astronomy, help make a giant megapixel display and watch a robot orchestra made from recycled junk. And take part in lots of wacky experiments, of course...
Art meets science Play with senses and the mind’s sensibilities as science is reflected in music, theatre and images. Hear time and space interpreted in concertos, confront worldwide healthcare issues and explore sound through your hands and eyes (yes, really).
Science on screen Meet some of the people behind pioneering works like the BBC’s Horizon documentary series and the spectacular effects in sci-fi epic Interstellar. Plus, explore the scientific realities of popular films featuring space adventures, tornadoes and viral epidemics.
Science after dark It’s time for some proper grown-up fun, with the scientific secrets of casinos, a tasty menu of microbiological street food and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Festival’s most intriguing innovations. You’re also invited to our 10th birthday party...
Make, do and hack Get stuck into a diversity of activities like programming robots, jewellery-making, competitive coding, handling real space rocks and creating your own mini-world of plant life. And how would YOU save Manchester from a devastating flood?
Tours Navigate the solar system by bike, follow in the footsteps of great Manchester scientist John Dalton and get a glimpse into the extraordinary history behind the science in our city today.
Platform for investigation Discover some of the most cutting-edge research in today’s scientific world with Platform for investigation. Get involved with live experiments, chat to scientists and play games to explore how science affects our everyday lives.