Mind blown – explore the weird, wild and wonderful aspects of life at World Science Festival Brisbane
‘Science’ is a word that conjures up all sorts of preconceived notions. Upon mention, your mind might immediately wander to complex graphs, white lab coats and pouring colourful liquids into beakers with lots of smoke billowing out. The truth is, science is absolutely everywhere in the world around us – and it’s really darn interesting when you start to pay attention. World Science Festival Brisbane returns to the South Bank Cultural Precinct from March 21–25 to uncover the coolest, craziest and most fascinating aspects of this discipline that is responsible for so much of what’s good about the world.
This year, the World Science Festival Brisbane will be shining a light on humanity by celebrating and investigating all things to do with the subject. World-leading scientists, communicators and performers from across the world will gather for five huge days. Those with a thirst for knowledge can take in a range of free and ticketed performances, conversations and demonstrations that are designed to delve into just what it means to be human. Some crowd favourites from previous years that are returning in 2018 include the adorable live turtle hatchlings, fascinating film sessions, hands-on workshops and the ever-popular Street Science program. The festival is also hosting a world premiere event in Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert, where audiences will be able to experience John Williams’ breathtaking score conducted by Nicholas Buc – performed in its entirety by the Queensland Festival Philharmonic and accompanied by the Resonance of Birralee choir – live and in sync with Spielberg’s extraordinary film.
If the way to pique your curiosity is through food, there are some awesome World Science Festival Brisbane events that will whet your appetite. GOMA Restaurant and GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque are hosting a one-of-a-kind film and dining experience based around the film The Empire of Scents, plus there are even some brain food breakfasts where you can learn about things like gut health and how our teeth are linked to evolution. A huge host of riveting salons will be held all throughout the festival to discuss everything from the human quest for longer life all the way through to just how our memories actually work. Each session is helmed by a panel of experts whose powerful knowledge will have you seeing things from a totally new perspective.
Ready to expand your mind? You can check out the mammoth World Science Festival Brisbane program and purchase tickets to events through the official website.