Superheroes and Monsters unveil Dundee Science Festival Programme

 

THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 2015
PRESS RELEASE
SUPERHEROES AND MONSTERS UNVEIL DUNDEE SCIENCE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
EMBARGO – 11.30AM – FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2015
You are invited to send a reporter photographer to Dundee Science Centre at either 11.30am or 2.30pm on Friday 2 October 2015 when the Dundee Science Festival programme will be unveiled in the presence of superheroes and monsters!
Superheroes and monsters unveiled the sheer strength of science power today (Friday 2 October 2015) while launching the programme for this year’s Dundee Science Festival.
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.  As the countdown begins, the festival programme was launched today in the presence of Superman, Spiderman and Frankenstein!
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.
Day one of Dundee Science Festival will kick off with Halloween special ‘Superheroes V Monsters’ where families can join Igor and his superhero friends for a day of science experiments, feverish face painting, super powers and monstrous mask-making.  Visitors to this Dundee Science Centre event can also delve into the science behind superpowers, explore monster myths and fully embrace the wonderful world of good vs evil! In the evening, adults will also get the chance to explore the science of the paranormal.
Marking Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, the festival will also feature a pop-up food market showcasing local produce. Further events include an evening dedicated to video games, an outdoor ‘Big Bang’ event celebrating the history of fireworks, and a ‘Curious Creatures’ event with a collection of animal guests lined up, from cuddly guide dog puppies to scaly lizards.
To ensure that no-one misses out, a number of events will be held in community venues and shopping centres, where visitors can try their hand at everything from jewellery-making and forensics to exploring the night skies and making brush robots. 
A programme of free, evening lectures will also be held at Dundee Science Centre throughout the duration of the festival, with topics as diverse as human performance doping and fracking. Dundee Science Centre, along with Abertay University, will be coordinating the schools programme, which will see a number of events for primary and secondary schools in Dundee. 
Laura Louch, Festivals and Development Manager, Dundee Science Centre said, “In many ways, we are going back to our core objectives with this year’s festival, providing a programme of inclusive events that local people really want, in venues they can get to easily.  While the emphasis is on family fun, there’s plenty for adults too, with the festival tackling a host of topical issues through its lecture programme, not to mention some great food and drink events. There will even be opportunities for us to bus some community groups to Dundee Science Centre free of charge, to ensure that no-one misses out.”
Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director added,  “Dundee Science Festival is always a highlight of the local events’ calendar and the addition of a culinary Year of Food and Drink element to this science spectacular will bring a delicious new flavour to this year’s festivities.  
“Scotland’s reputation for quality food and drink is increasing and the Year of Food and Drink has helped Scots and visitors to Scotland discover and experience our natural larder and diverse dining experiences. We hope the pop-up markets and food-themed workshops at this year’s Dundee Science Festival will help tickle the taste buds and encourage visitors from both home and away to experiment with the country’s culinary delights and embark on their own edible adventures long after 2015 ends.”
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).
ENDS
Notes to Editor
Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015
The Year of Food and Drink began on 1 January 2015 and ends on 31 December 2015. The Year builds on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 by celebrating the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success. Through a series of exciting events and activities, the year is showcasing Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and reputation as a land of food and drink. For more information visit www.visitscotland.com/tastescotland and join the conversation using #TasteScotland 
The Year of Food and Drink is a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by VisitScotland in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Tourism Alliance, SRUC and Young Scot.
The Year of Food and Drink events fund is managed by EventScotland. The Community Food Fund, which is managed by Think Local on behalf of the Scottish Government, has contributed £150K towards the overall events fund for 2015.

BER 2015

SUPERHEROES AND MONSTERS UNVEIL DUNDEE SCIENCE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

 

Superheroes and monsters unveiled the sheer strength of science power today (Friday 2 October 2015) while launching the programme for this year’s Dundee Science Festival.


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.  As the countdown begins, the festival programme was launched today in the presence of Superman, Spiderman and Frankenstein!
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.


Day one of Dundee Science Festival will kick off with Halloween special ‘Superheroes V Monsters’ where families can join Igor and his superhero friends for a day of science experiments, feverish face painting, super powers and monstrous mask-making.  Visitors to this Dundee Science Centre event can also delve into the science behind superpowers, explore monster myths and fully embrace the wonderful world of good vs evil! In the evening, adults will also get the chance to explore the science of the paranormal.


Marking Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, the festival will also feature a pop-up food market showcasing local produce. Further events include an evening dedicated to video games, an outdoor ‘Big Bang’ event celebrating the history of fireworks, and a ‘Curious Creatures’ event with a collection of animal guests lined up, from cuddly guide dog puppies to scaly lizards.


To ensure that no-one misses out, a number of events will be held in community venues and shopping centres, where visitors can try their hand at everything from jewellery-making and forensics to exploring the night skies and making brush robots. 


A programme of free, evening lectures will also be held at Dundee Science Centre throughout the duration of the festival, with topics as diverse as human performance doping and fracking. Dundee Science Centre, along with Abertay University, will be coordinating the schools programme, which will see a number of events for primary and secondary schools in Dundee. 


Laura Louch, Festivals and Development Manager, Dundee Science Centre said, “In many ways, we are going back to our core objectives with this year’s festival, providing a programme of inclusive events that local people really want, in venues they can get to easily.  While the emphasis is on family fun, there’s plenty for adults too, with the festival tackling a host of topical issues through its lecture programme, not to mention some great food and drink events. There will even be opportunities for us to bus some community groups to Dundee Science Centre free of charge, to ensure that no-one misses out.”


Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director added,  “Dundee Science Festival is always a highlight of the local events’ calendar and the addition of a culinary Year of Food and Drink element to this science spectacular will bring a delicious new flavour to this year’s festivities.  

“Scotland’s reputation for quality food and drink is increasing and the Year of Food and Drink has helped Scots and visitors to Scotland discover and experience our natural larder and diverse dining experiences. We hope the pop-up markets and food-themed workshops at this year’s Dundee Science Festival will help tickle the taste buds and encourage visitors from both home and away to experiment with the country’s culinary delights and embark on their own edible adventures long after 2015 ends.”


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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