World Science Festival Brisbane returns in 2018
The third annual World Science Festival Brisbane, supported by the Queensland Government, is set to take over the streets, parks and cultural precincts of Brisbane when it returns with a bang from21 – 25 March 2018.
Hosted by Queensland Museum, the 2018 festival will focus on ‘humanity’ as scientists from across the globe delve into what makes us human, how humanity has advanced, and how science is working to ensure we live better for longer.
Chair of the Board of Queensland Museum David Conry said for five days Brisbane would be immersed in the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), with the popular regional program also returning next year.
He said the centrepiece of next year’s World Science Festival Brisbane would be the world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert.
“For the first time, anywhere in the world, audiences will be able to experience John Williams’ magnificent score conducted by Nicholas Bus and performed in its entirety by the Queensland Festival Philharmonic accompanied by the Resonance of Birralee choir.
“This special event promises to be a thrilling staging of this much-loved cinema classic with its iconic score,” Mr Conry said.
“It follows on from a similarly exciting ‘live’ movie experience staged for the 2017 festival earlier this year, which featured A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“With more than 100 events for all ages at next year’s festival, I encourage everyone to start planning a visit to this incredible celebration of science.”
Queensland Museum Network’s Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said to celebrate the program line-up, the museum had put together an exclusive VIP weekend package of mind-blowing science shows and live performances, The Human Experience – A Weekend of Champions.
“This exclusive and strictly limited weekend offer features six events, including exclusive VIP access to the festival’s immensely popular turtle experience, The Hatchery, and tickets to the Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert experience, Dr Thompson said.
“There is much in store at next year’s festival, from scientific discussions, film screenings, trivia nights and our popular Street Science! extravaganza, which includes hands-on learning from robots, drones, and explosive science shows.
“World Science Festival Brisbane will increase its reach beyond Brisbane with its 2018 regional program including Ipswich while also again heading to Townsville, Gladstone, Toowoomba and Chinchilla so everyone can be excited by science.”
Brisbane is the only city in the Asia Pacific region to host the World Science Festival as part of an exclusive agreement between Queensland Museum and the World Science Festival New York.
In 2017, the festival drew more than 180,000 visitors from all over the world, injected more than $7 million into the Queensland economy and featured 128 performances across 21 venues and four geographic locations –Brisbane, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, and Gladstone.
Professor Brian Greene, World Science Festival co-founder, is looking forward to another successful World Science Festival Brisbane when he headlines a new mainstage event, In Search of the Spiritual Brain, which gathers neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and philosophers to examine one of the most profound and elusive mysteries of our existence – the origins of spirituality.
“We’re thrilled by the great excitement the Festival has created in Brisbane, and that the programs bring out such a diverse range of audiences, kids to adults, novice to enthusiast,” Professor Greene said.
“We love to get people fired up about science, whether through discussions of cutting-edge discoveries or performances that captures the drama of exploration into the unknown. Science is the future and so it’s vital for the next generation to dream of pushing the frontier of knowledge.”
The University of Queensland Provost, Professor Aidan Byrne and former CEO of the Australian Research Council will again advise on the 2018 program as guest festival curator, with the full program to be announced by late January.
Quotes attributable to:
Dr Karl – Australian science writer and broadcaster
“I am very excited to be returning to the World Science Festival Brisbane next year. Science is a way to look at the world around you, and understand how things work.
“For example when you find out how a rainbow works your enjoyment of the beautiful colours is actually greater. You then know how to find rainbows in many unexpected places – such as the spray of water from a breaking wave or a garden hose.
“Science gives you a great mental toolbox that can solve many problems – and that you will never lose. This lovely festival will surreptitiously slide some science into your brain while having fun.”
Leanne Coddington – Tourism and Events Queensland
“The festival has been a huge success over the past two years, with crowd numbers increasing and the number of participants also on the rise.
“Last year’s festival resulted in an increase in interstate and overseas attendees, which brought in over $7 million in direct and incremental spending in Queensland and 45,359 event-specific visitor nights, which is a great result for business.
“As World Science Festival Brisbane grows in scale and stature, it also grows in importance to the State’s visitor economy, driving tourism for Brisbane and regional Queensland, and reinforcing Brisbane’s reputation as a leading scientific hub in the Asia Pacific.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
“Brisbane has evolved into a new world city and it’s an honour to have been chosen as the only city outside of New York to host the festival.
“We are proud to be able to bring this festival to our shores and showcase our brightest minds, innovative thought leaders and change makers who all contribute to the success of the festival.”
For more information on the ‘The Human Experience – A Weekend of Champions’ package visit www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/festival-vip-package. (Cost of package $195 and limited to 500 bookings.)