Come rain or shine, this week will see the kick off of the 25th annual Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Preparations for the March 30th opening are going “pretty good” according to Frances Sutton, PR manager for the festival, as works are continues to set up for the nearly 200 events being offered this year.
Final event speakers have been put in place, particularly with the Edinburgh event on March 31st, which boast a great range of 13 speakers including Suzy Glass, talking about the art of creating through trial and error, and Dr. Peter Lovatt, who will be looking at the science of dance.
“I am a Peter Lovatt fan, always have been,” said Sutton. “He is Dr. Dance, a professional dancer turned scientist. ”
The Science Festival will run for two weeks and will host events for all ages to experience. The festival is one of the worlds largest celebrations of science in technology, and it aims to inspire individuals to explore the wonders around them. The events are held all across Edinburgh, and are easy to get to from any part of the city.
With everything coming into place during the last few days, there have been a few changes. NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock, who has taken many of the images from the International Space Station, has had to cancel his appearance. However, for the most part, everything is progressing as planned, according to Sutton.
A few events have sold out, but there are still spaces available for most ticketed events. The festival staff recommends booking in advanced to be sure that you have a place.
Bookings can be done online quick and easy at the Festival Website, but also by phone by calling the box office at 0844 557 2686, or on person at the box office on the Fringe.
“We are all very excited,” says Sutton, “Let’s get on with it, let’s go. It is 2 years worth of work. We build it, design it, but putting it on is what we do.”
Though the festival may have to compete with the rising warm temperatures and sunny sky’s for the opening.
“The irony is that the weather doesn’t help. We are hoping for rain.”