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Inquisitive minds of all ages can enjoy over 200 engaging, insightful and enjoyable events when Cheltenham Science Festival returns to the town from Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 June 2019.
With events celebrating the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo moon landing and Concord, plus a number of exciting guest curators including bestselling author Matt Haig, CBBC presenter Dr Ronx Ikharia and the festival’s first A.I. curator, AIDA, this year’s festival is set to be the best yet.
SoGlos has rounded up its highlights below but to buy tickets visit cheltenhamfestivals.com directly.
A key theme of this year’s festival is Wellness, a topical talking point that will be debated and examined by campaigners, medical professionals and leading researchers throughout the festival.
Matt Haig will discuss his bestselling book Notes on a Nervous Planet on Sunday 9 June 2019 with broadcaster Claudia Hammond, later asking what is to blame for the modern rise in mental illness with researcher Praveetha Patalay and psychologist Dr Suzi Gage.
Other highlights include an examination of sleep with presenter of the Mysteries of Sleep podcast Guy Leschziner, woodland wellness and a Mental Health Mates meet up.
Rick Armstrong, son of the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, will lead an event remembering the Apollo moon landing in the year of its 50th anniversary and asks a panel of scientists about the future of space exploration on Thursday 6 June 2019.
Continuing the celebration, first Briton in space, Helen Sharman, will talk about her experiences on her 1991 trip to the MIR space station, while TV presenter Dallas Campbell explores the past, present and future of space travel, accompanied by a live orchestra, in The Bach Side of the Moon.
If you fancy seeing space for yourself, the Cotswold Astronomical Society is hosting free Stargazing in the Gardens sessions where you will be taken on a guided-tour of the sky using members’ telescopes.
At the heart of the festival lies the free-to-enter Festival Village in Imperial Gardens which will be hosting hundreds of activities across its Discover Zone and partner hubs, with late opening for adults to grab a drink and explore the science solo on Friday 7 June 2019.
Also planned for Imperial Gardens is an outdoor cinema and two trails; one celebrating 150 years of the Periodic Table and the other allowing participants to learn about flora, fauna and the natural sciences.
Children can also learn about the study of farts in Fartology, how to prepare for a mission to mars and take part in an Astronaut Bootcamp.
After analysing 10 years’ worth of Cheltenham events, the festival’s first A.I. Guest Curator will be delivering her suggested event Introvert Narwhals on Saturday 8 June 2019, after which experts will debate Artificial Intelligence and its implications on creativity.
Other highlights include a deep dive into the journey of Concord with pilot Carol Vorderman on its 50th anniversary, a talk from Nobel prize-winning biologist Venki Ramakrishnan and an insight from Ian Levy, Technical Director at the National Cyber Security Centre, marking 100 years of GCHQ.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com directly.
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