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Dunbar Science Festival 2015

02 February 2015
by Richard Tebbutt , under Company news | Events | Hires


The award winning Dunbar SciFest is back for 2015! The 5th amazing weekend-long community science festival for families in south-east Scotland will lead into British Science Week. We are building upon the phenomenal success of last year’s festival, where an extraordinary mix of 83 event providers delivered 100 different events - 227 activities over 11 days to 8,500 visitors. 
The Dunbar SciFest 2015 Family Weekend is Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March 2015 (10am - 5pm both days) in the John Muir Campus of Dunbar Primary School and the Bleachingfield Community Centre, with cafes in both venues. Get stuck into wacky workshops, sit back and enjoy science stage shows and have family fun at diverse drop-in sessions. For under-fives, there’s storytelling and soft play. The stage shows are presented in British Sign Language or are BSL/English interpreted. Family tickets (2 Adults & 3 Children) cost just £15, with £20 Weekend Family Ticket (£5 per adult & £3 per child).
SCI-FUN, the University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Science and Technology Roadshow will take over the Bleachingfield Community Centre with 50 interactive science activities that will keep you entertained for hours. After the huge success of 2014, we will again run an Early Bird event for children with Autism Spectrum Condition, giving them and their family’s exclusive access to experience the SCI-FUN interactive exhibits on Sunday 8 March, 9-10am.
After a day full of fun, stay on for our Nights of Light. Inspired by the United Nations International Year of Light 2015 (IYL15), as the sun sets board the bus from Dunbar Garden Centre to see “The Magic Lantern” at Barns Ness Lighthouse, between Friday 6 & Sunday 8 March (6.30-9pm). Process though all the colours of the rainbow, exploring the electromagnetic spectrum in a colonnade of coloured lights bordering the path to the lighthouse. The lighthouse and adjacent buildings will glow gently, beautifully illuminated and constantly changing. Performers in front of the Keepers’ Cottages will interact with the lighting, producing a magical interpretation of light, shadow and movement in a stunning coastal location. The projection show builds slowly, with light and colour and pattern gradually revealing the towering lighthouse looming above, telling the story of humankind’s journey from firelight to our modern high tech lighting. Discover how a Scottish mathematician and physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, was the first person to formulate the theory of electromagnetic radiation that inspired Albert Einstein. A Joint Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) for the Family Weekend day & the Magic Lantern evening event £30, (Adult £10, Child £6) or the Magic Lantern only - Family (2 adults & 2 children) £18 (Adult £6, Child £4)
Our Education Programme will be delivered within local schools between Monday 9 and Friday 13 March. Our new ‘Look for the Light’ Schools’ Challenge (replacing the Molecule Hunt), supported by the Dunbar Traders Association, is based on the different forms of light within the Light Spectrum,  linking to our key 2015 festival theme - IYL15. It will run between Mon 9 February & Sun 8 March.
Our Adult Programme of 4 Evening events will take place between Thursday 12 and Sunday 15 March, where you can “Delve the depths of the Firth of Forth and discover its marvellous marine life”; find out about “Inspirational Scottish Women Scientists”; Enjoy “Fabulous Food and Drink from our Fertile Fields & Rich Seas”; and be astounded by ‘How Light Inspires Creativity’ during the UN International Year of Light 2015.
For the first time, we will have 2 exhibitions, inspired by IYL15. During our Adult Programme weekend (12-15 March), enjoy the free evening street show when the Royal Photographic Society exhibition “International Images for Science”  will be projected onto the John Muir Townhouse. Running throughout April (& possibly May), an exhibition of Hugh Turvey’s work, an artist, photographer and experimentalist, who works primarily with X-ray technology, featuring elements of Hugh’s current touring exhibition plus bespoke images specially created for Dunbar SciFest featuring X-ray images of key crop species grown in the famously fertile soils of East Lothian, plus X-ray images of some of the American plant species featured in the exhibition of John Muir’s pressed botanical prints. 

Visit www.dunbarscifest.org.uk for details on events, venues, tickets and travel options. This year you can now book online!