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Five most beautiful events at this year’s festival

Manchester Science Festival has got big bangs, blockbuster robots, things that splat and squelch and a few conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure. But what if you’re looking for something a bit quieter and more thoughtful? Here’s our pick of five of the most artistic and beautiful events at this year’s festival:

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Lost for half a century, 500 films were discovered buried under a subarctic swimming pool in Canada’s remote Yukon Territory. Dawson City: Frozen Time is a feature film that quite literally pieces together history and features rare footage from the early silent era.


Sinewy synths, ethereal vocals and electro rhythms meld seamlessly with lasers and cutting-edge lighting & data visualisation for this captivating world-premiere performance inspired by climate change and forced migration.

Under Glass: Drafted in Movement

Blending art and anatomy, physiotherapy and dance, this surprisingly scientific life drawing session puts the human body, and the way it moves, on display.

All the Delicate Duplicates

Immerse yourself in a transmedia gameworld blurring fantasy and scientific realism.  Mixing English and computer code to create a language where meanings are nested inside each other, players need to read, re-read, then re-re-read again in order to piece together the truth discovered in the game.

8 Minutes

Alexander Whitley takes on the breathtaking scale of space for his company’s new multi-disciplinary dance, film and music work. Created in partnership with STFC RAL Space, 8 Minutes draws inspiration from images and data of solar science research to explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe.