Festival of Curiosity to challenge curious minds, celebrate science

27 Jun 2013

The Festival of Curiosity, an event to intrigue and challenge the most curious minds, will take over the streets of Dublin City Centre from 25-28 July, when it will offer adults and kids alike a hands-on experience that blends science and culture.

The Festival of Curiosity takes place for the first time this year and it will become an annual event.

During the day this year, free events will cater to children/families. For starters, they can head over to the Smock Alley Theatre building in Temple Bar, which will serve as the curiosity hub. The hub will feature The Curiosity Carnival, an interactive science and technology playground to stimulate youngsters’ minds.

Outside, a trail of puzzles and riddles in the Science in the City treasure hunt will populate the streets of Temple Bar.

In addition, theatre, exhibitions, walking tours, interactive installations, exploding science shows, live performances, art/science workshops for children, Curious Creations at the LEGO Education Hub in Filmbase, Dublin’s Mini Maker Faire, and a live curious heart of Dublin, where people can share their wishes and help light the way to Dublin’s Curious Future, will all punctuate the days of the festival.

Then when the sun starts to go down, shows, debates and discussions will combine Ireland’s history of storytelling with its scientific heritage.

Along with theatre and film screenings, a series of interactive Curious Minds shows will gather guests from home and abroad, such as comedian Dara Ó Briain, for the telling of tales of science, serendipity and accidental ideas that changed the world, as well as to pitch innovative visions for Dublin’s Curious Future.

The Festival of Curiosity is a follow-up to Dublin City of Science 2012, which saw artists, scientists and cultural groups collaborate at the interface of science, technology and the arts to create programmes that challenged and inspired a curiosity for science in a new and accessible way, saidEllen Byrne, co-founder and creative director of The Festival of Curiosity.

“Building on the success of Dublin City of Science 2012, The Festival of Curiosity combines Ireland’s rich cultural heritage of storytelling, theatre, film and the arts with Ireland’s extraordinary scientific achievements,” said Byrne.

“(The Festival of Curiosity) is truly a people’s festival where families, children, adults and even the most curious minds among us can come together to explore, to play and discover together what it’s like to be inspired and excited about the world that we live in.”

More details about the festival’s events are available on its website.

Curiousity image via Shutterstock

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic