Superheroes – v- Monsters

Dundee Science Festival will see the forces of good -v- evil compete this weekend, as its prime, opening event kicks off on Halloween (Saturday 31 October 2015).

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Featuring everything from superhero comics to Frankenstein, Dundee Science Centre will be transformed during ‘Superheroes v Monsters’, with staff and volunteers kitted out as a range of costumed characters as part of a fun-packed day of hands-on science experiments, feverish face painting, superpowers and monstrous mask making. Visitors will also be challenged to compete with the superheroes on different exhibition activities, including a speed reaction test with ‘The Flash’!

Meanwhile, St Andrews-based superhero publisher Diamondsteel Comics, alongside award-winning comic book writer John Ferguson, will host ‘Creating Your Own Superhero’ workshops and present a ‘Science of Superheroes’ talk.

Ferguson, the writer of hit superhero series ‘Saltire’ commented, “It’s going to be really fun with all the kids dressing up for Halloween. We love helping them get creative and will have prizes for the best superheroes created … let’s see if we can find the next Stan Lee!”

The monstrous theme will continue with regular talks on Mary Shelley, the mother of Science Fiction, and on the comic book tradition. There will also be the chance to take home a special ‘Frankenstein me!’ caricature. The event will act as the launch of a series of events entitled ‘Mary Shelley’s Dundee’ which will be hosted by the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee during the nationwide Being Human Festival of the Humanities (12-22 November).

‘Superheroes v Monsters’ will run from 10am until 5pm on Saturday 31 October 2015. Normal admission applies but visitors attending in costume will enjoy a 25% discount.

Now in its sixth year, the 16 day celebration will descend upon the city from Saturday 31 October through to Sunday 15 November 2015 and, with the support of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, promises fun, entertainment, inspiration and curiosity for all ages in the shape of over 40 events.

Once again, the emphasis will be on free (and discounted) events, with the majority taking place within Dundee Science Centre, as well as community venues and shopping centres, not forgetting a standalone programme of events within primary and secondary schools.

Dundee Science Festival is brought to you by Dundee Science Centre, along with key partners Dundee City Council and Scottish Government with additional support, as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015, from VisitScotland.

For more information, and to view the programme in full, please visit www.dundeesciencefestival.org   or follow Dundee Science Festival on social media – www.facebook.com/dundeescifest (Facebook) or @dundeescifest (Twitter).

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