Girl with headphones, accompanying the Hip Hop Science Stop, for Manchester Science Festival

This week’s festival news: 8 September 2017

The biggest news this week was – of course – the announcement of the programme for this year’s Manchester Science Festival. Joining blockbuster exhibition Robots in the headline programme are giant spiderweb installation Tape and a cutting-edge discussion of the rise of the robots in Tomorrow’s World Live. Other events include a library of fake news, an exploration of the human voice and an immersive insight into forensic science. To read the full programme announcement, click here.

We also published our guide to the best events for teenagers and pre-teens at the festival. If now the summer hols are over your thoughts are already turning to planning your half-term activities with 11 to 16 year-olds, click here for some inspiration. For a full run-down of all our family-friendly events, click here.

Artists impression of the Sentinel-1B satellite in space, to accompany the event Sentinel, part of Manchester Science Festival

An artist’s impression of the Sentinel-1B satellite in space. Copyright: ESA–Pierre Carril

Creative insight

Over on the Museum of Science and Industry blog, Richard Evans, creator of the show Sentinel, gives us an insight into his artistic process and the data he worked with to create the performance. In the post, Richard discusses the Spanish Flu that was responsible for the deaths of more people in 1918 than were killed in World War One, and how the theme of mass migration and its devastating effects inspired the show, which combines a captivating light show with haunting live music.

MSF in the news

Young readers of First News will have enjoyed two weeks of sneak peaks, with the weekly science column focusing on The Art and Craft of Foley and Tape respectively. Other media outlets who have been getting excited about the programme announcement include ITV, Manchester Confidential, About Manchester and Manchester’s Finest, as well as bloggers Rainy City Kids.

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