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If science bores you, perhaps belly dancing and comedy won't
Imperial College in London is well known as a centre for the study of science subjects, but the 2013 Imperial Festival is also offering visitors a mix of the arts too. If you still think that science is too boring to interest you, some of the events planned for the weekend of 3 and 4 May include Sex and Bugs and Rock 'n 'Roll: an activity tent exploring how ladybirds hunt for aphids and why bees wiggle; life-saving demonstrations performed by the St John Ambulance Society and Open Air Laboratories' (OPAL) will present activities that include forecasting the weather and creating a tornado.

Guesting at the Festival will be Sir Isaac Newton on a skateboard; Dr Gripenerve, a nineteenth-century quack; George, a thirteen foot mechanical dragon

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George The Thirteen Foot Dragon

and Dr Simon Foster and his Physics Buskers.

If you still think this is a Festival for boffins, let me remind you that entertainment will consist of music, belly-dancing

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Imperial's Belly Dancing Society

and comedy, including Helen Arney

and Adam Kay, who has been endorsed by Stephen Fry.

Perhaps I should let the Festival organisers explain everything for themselves.

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Why? To visit Imperial College and learn more about what goes on there
When: 3 and 4 May
Where: Imperial College
Cost: Free
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