Change in Direction for Dundee Science Festival

Dundee Science Festival is returning to its core objectives, with a change in direction for this year’s two-week celebration of science.

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Now in its sixth year, the festival, which will run from Saturday 31 October until Sunday 15 November 2015, promises fun, entertainment, inspiration and curiosity for all ages.

Due to the popularity of previous years, Dundee Science Festival 2014 experienced a major growth spurt in both the number of events and partners involved and this year sees that popularity and enthusiasm continuing.  However, despite undoubtedly recognising the benefits of Dundee Science Festival, the key support partners were unable to commit to the additional financial support required to sustain the festival at this level.

However, as explained by Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Development Manager, Dundee Science Centre, the challenges present a great opportunity – “When we launched Dundee Science Festival six years ago, our core objective was to make science in all of its amazing forms accessible to everyone regardless of their knowledge, age or where they live, and to ensure maximum community engagement.  For 2015, the core objective of connecting with the local people of Dundee remains a priority – and this forms the basis of the direction of the 2015 festival.

“Although it has been a difficult decision after the recognised growth and success of the festival to date and its great potential as an on-going, major city-wide festival, the time has come to re-evaluate the festival, while ensuring that its core objectives are addressed.

“As a result, we plan, through a varied and fun programme of events, workshops, talks and demos, to take Dundee Science Festival out to even more audiences, and into the heart of communities, to ensure that local people get the chance to enjoy what the festival can offer. Dundee Science Festival will, in fact, become more visible within communities the length and breadth of the city, including those where festival events have not been held before. And once again, the emphasis will be on free events to ensure maximum inclusion.”

The new format of the festival will see events held in either Dundee Science Centre or in community centres throughout Dundee.  As per previous years, the vast majority of events will be free of charge.

Although the change in format has impacted on some of the festival events that were proposed for this year, the Dundee Science Festival team has identified as many options as possible to enable individual partners to continue to be a part of the festival.

The final programme for Dundee Science Festival will be available in September 2015.

For more information, please contact Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Development Manager, Dundee Science Centre – email laura.wilkie@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk or telephone 01382 868608.

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