Aquaponics system with a sign that reads: "no fertilser needed here!"

What’s on today? Friday 26 October

Get pi-eyed at Pi: Platform for Investigation Biggest Eyes in the Sky and discover the Extremely Large Telescope. Doing exactly what it says on the tine, this super scope lives in Chile at the European Southern Observatory. Build a Not-So-Extremely-Large-Telescope using lasers and mirrors, capture pictures in infrared and learn the secret to seeing through a dust cloud. (Science and Industry Museum, 10.30am – 4pm)

Do you know your onions, Jill? Learn the secrets of growing giant onions and leeks at Dolly the Onion: Giant Growing  where the gardening gurus from Real Food Wythenshawe will show you how to grow your own supersized scallion. (Horticultural Centre Glasshouse, Wythenshawe Park, 1.30pm – 3.00pm)

Vibing off all things food related, In a Right Pickle (Real Food Wythenshawe Tent, the Manchester College, Wythenshawe Campus, 10.30am – 12.30pm) will teach you all you need to know about pickling your own…well, pickles.  Just bring along a clean jar with a lid and you’ll leave with knowledge, recipes and scoff.

Worried about your food miles? Fish Poo Can Save the World is for you. And yes, you did read that correctly.  Here, you can get the chance to learn about some amazing farming techniques, and how you might be able to use them to grow food a little closer to home. ( Real Food Wythenshawe Geodome, the Manchester College, Wythenshawe Campus, 10.30am – 12.30pm)

Moving from the stomach to the brain, and an Introduction to Inkblots is on the cards.
Delve into the history of the inkblot test and chat to academics and artists who will give you an insight into how inkblots can be used in psychiatry, and art. You’ll even be able to create your own inkblot and print it on a tote bag to keep. (The Portico Library, 2pm – 4pm)

Need a breather from hoofing around town? Tune into AudioLab by Reform Radio, where emerging creative talents have been given access all areas passes to the festival and will be turning their daily experiences into songs and poems. (reformradio.co.uk, 2pm – 3pm)

Delve into the world of Molly Harrower, a pioneer in the field of inkblots and one of the first women to ever set up a clinical psychology practice. Through a dramatization of her diaries you’ll enter Molly’s world of love, sex and Nazi hunting at Shining Molly: Love, Sex and Inkblots (The Portico Library, 6:30pm-7:15pm)

Cities are bright and noisy places, and on the City Sound Walk the volume is about to be turned up even more. Transform the light of the city into sound as you prowl around the city with a portable synthesizer.  (Science and Industry Museum, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, 8.30pm – 9.30pm)

Smash stereotypes to smithereens as an all-female lineup of scientists and storytellers share their stories of being top of their game at The Story Collider (6.30pm – 9.30pm, The Birdcage)

Timeline

Biggest Eyes in the Sky (Science and Industry Museum, 10.30am – 4pm)

Fish Poo Can Save the World (Real Food Wythenshawe Geodome, the Manchester College, Wythenshawe Campus, 10.30am – 12.30pm)

In a Right Pickle (Real Food Wythenshawe Tent, the Manchester College, Wythenshawe Campus, 10:30am-12:30pm)

Dolly the Onion: Giant Growing (Horticultural Centre Glasshouse, Wythenshawe Park, 1.30pm – 3.00pm)

AudioLab (Reform Radio, 2pm – 3pm)

Introduction to Inkblots (The Portico Library, 2pm – 4pm)

The Story Collider (The Birdcage, 6.30pm – 9.30pm)

Shining Molly: Love, Sex and Inkblots (The Portico Library, 6.30pm – 7.15pm

City Sound Walk (Science and Industry Museum, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, 8.30pm – 9.30pm)