Newcastle Science Festival had humble beginnings as part of National Science and Engineering Week. In 2009, the festival was re-launched with a new, youthful identity and an insatiable taste for playful imaginative experiences. The focus was on creating evocative headline events that would stimulate all of the senses and help people connect with science in unexpected ways and in unexpected places.
Since 2009, 160,000 people of all ages, backgrounds and interests have taken part in 300 events at 50 venues including shopping centres, museums, cinemas, bars, restaurants, night clubs, libraries, gardens, historic castles, colleges and universities.
Thanks to a 3-year grant from One North East, the festival team were able to develop an ambitious programme including the UK Maker Faire (2009-2011), the UK premiere of Eepy Bird (2009) and the UK premiere of ArcAttack (2011).
Over £1million worth of positive press coverage has been generated including a segment on Channel Five’s The Gadget Show and even a double page spread in Nuts Magazine...!
In 2012, the festival will take place 8-15 March at venues across the city and beyond. The week-long programme is an eclectic mix of installations, performance, special events, lectures and debate. It has been programmed with partners including Newcastle Science City, Northumbria University, Science Learning Centre North East, Centre for Life and many more.
This year's programme has been created on a much smaller timeframe and with a vastly reduced budget. We don't have a UK Maker Faire but hope to raise enough funds to create another in 2013.
Meet the festival team
Marketing and events freelancer. Marissa has managed Newcastle ScienceFest (2009-2012) and the UK Maker Faire (2009-2011).She has produced various festival events including BrainWave at The Sage Gateshead (2011).
Sheela is Project Co-ordinator based at Centre for Life. She creates the AfterLife series of events for ages 18+ as well as working on festival events.
Newcastle ScienceFest Evaluation (2009-2011)
Download the evaluation report