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Manchester Science Festival 2017

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The UK's biggest Science Festival returns to Manchester
The Manchester Science Festival will be running from the 19th-29th October, returning for its 11th year. The festival brings exhibitions, art, performances and big experiences to venues around Manchester in a celebration of science. 2016 was the Festival's 10th anniversary and marked the end of Manchester's year-long role as European City of Science, and this year's lineup promises to be as bold, innovative, thought-provoking and fun.

Over 11 days, events across the city will take place in various venues. So, what can you expect from this year's festival? Festival highlights include 'Tape', an event for all ages that will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry, in which the 1830s warehouse will be transformed into a giant spider's web made from sticky tape and plastic which you can climb through! Once you've made your way through the sticky web, you can head up to the mezzanine level to meet some real-life eight-legged friends. Another event taking place at the Museum of Science and Industry is 'Robots', your chance to get up close to a selection of over 100 robots from throughout the years, including a 17th-century dancing wine goblet, to a glimpse into today's robotic research.

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Museum of Science and Industry


There's a variety of events for all the family, including 'Science Spectacular', which will take place at Whitworth Hall and the Manchester Museum both at The University of Manchester, which will be a fun-filled day of challenges, experiments, and demonstrations from scientist and engineers.

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The University of Manchester


Head to Salford University to catch events such as 'Library of Fake News' and 'GameLab', which involves puzzles, problem-solving and Playstations. If that's your kind of thing, check out 'HackManchester', a 24-hour event hackathon taking place at the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday 28th October.

You can find out what maths sounds like in 'The Music of Proof: What Does Maths Sound Like?' at the Royal Northern College of Music, or head to The Lowry for an exploration of the forces at work in the Universe portrayed through contemporary dance in '8 Minutes.' Or, catch singers and scientists in an exploration of scientific analysis and musical interludes at Chetam's Library. The Festival has a wide and varied 'Art Through Science' programme in which you can enjoy music, spoken-word, photography and much more.

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Chetam's Library


There are plenty of adult events taking place, with 'Science After Dark' events taking place with the sun goes down. You can participate in events such as 'Going Underground' in which you can head underground to explore Stockport's air raid shelters and secret tunnels, you might even get to meet some characters along the way.

If you're into sci-fi films, you're in for a treat, as some old classics will be coming to Gorilla and HOME, including X-Files; The Truth Is Out There, and RoboCop: 30th Anniversary Screening.

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Looking out over to HOME


With conversations, demonstrations, exhibitions, interactive experiences, art, adult events and family events, the programme is truly varied, thought-provoking and promises fun-filled events for all tastes and interests. Events are taking place all across the city and throughout Greater Manchester and venues include the Museum of Science and Industry, Chetam's Library, Didsbury Library, EventCity in Stretford, The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre in Chorlton, MediaCity in Salford, Manchester University, The Printworks, the University of Bolton, Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, and many many more. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be bought from the website here. For the full lineup, download your programme from the Festival website by clicking here.
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Why? Science, exhibitions, interactive experiences, demonstrations
When: 19th-29th October
Where: Various venues across Manchester and Greater Manchester
Cost: Varied ticket prices with many free events
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