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Five events you would not expect at the Norwich Science Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:20 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 18 October 2018

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Cellular Dynamics. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Cellular Dynamics. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival

As part of our series previewing the Norwich Science Festival, Bethany Wales looks at five weird and wonderful events not to be missed.

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Simon Wheatcroft. Photo: Norwich Science FestivalNorwich Science Festival 2018 - Simon Wheatcroft. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Cellular Dynamics

Blending live musical performance and scientific imagery, bioscientist Dan Lloyd and pianists Dan Harding and Matthew King take the audience on a journey of discovery. The music of Philip Glass, Claude Debussy and others accompany spectacular image and video projection in a performance exploring fundamental processes within living cells.

Cellular Dynamics is a collaborative science-music project between the School of Biosciences and Music Department at the University of Kent. It explores imagery derived from biological research that captures scientific data, experimental procedures and laboratory spaces.

Monday, October 22

7pm–8pm

Octagon Chapel

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Bakineering In Space. Photo: Norwich Science FestivalNorwich Science Festival 2018 - Bakineering In Space. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

£7

Age 12+

The God Particle

A quantum physicist and a vicar walk into a bar. Joining forces to solve a perplexing mystery, they discover the real meaning of faith, knowledge, love and the importance of keeping an open mind.

The God Particle is a romantic comedy with a hint of sci-fi from award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda, BBC3’s Bluestone 42, BBC Radio 4’s Another Case of Milton Jones, and 2017’s touring comedy, A Monk’s Tale. It’s deep, smart, and very funny.

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Truth about Animals, Lucy Cooke. Photo: Norwich Science FestivalNorwich Science Festival 2018 - Truth about Animals, Lucy Cooke. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

The God Particle is a light-hearted but serious-minded play about faith, evidence, science and the importance of keeping an open mind. It’s a little bit Rev meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or, maybe, The Vicar of Dibley meets Dr Who.

Wednesday, October 24

8pm–9.15pm

St Stephen’s Church

£8

Age 12+

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Tree Listening. Photo: Norwich Science FestivalNorwich Science Festival 2018 - Tree Listening. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Did the Victorians Ruin the World?

Presented by Helen Arney. With Helen Arney & Kat Arney

Did the Victorians ruin the world? Join these science sisters to find out, and vote on whether you would change it back!

Comedian Helen Arney (Festival Of The Spoken Nerd, Coast) and science writer and broadcaster Kat Arney (How To Code A Human, Herding Hemingway’s Cats) put aside sibling rivalry to dissect the dark underbelly of this golden era, in this show inspired by their BBC Radio 4 series.

Prepare for history to meet hilarity: sharp wits, true facts and tiny top hats in an event that respectfully begs to differ.

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - The God Particle. Photo: Norwich Science FestivalNorwich Science Festival 2018 - The God Particle. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

Wednesday, October 24

6.30pm–7.45pm

Norwich Playhouse

£12 / £10 concs.

Ages 12+

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - From Kings to Keyholes, Pankaj Chandak. Photo: Guy'sNorwich Science Festival 2018 - From Kings to Keyholes, Pankaj Chandak. Photo: Guy's

How To Be An Urban Birder with David Lindo

Urban birding is fast becoming ornithology’s new rock ’n’ roll. Birds and birding have never been cooler – and urban birding is at the cutting edge.

David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, explains the intricacies of looking good whilst watching birds in urban areas, from using binoculars to finding a local patch to channelling The Force to find birds. His mission is to connect city folk with the wildlife around them – his motto is simple: look up!

David Lindo’s mission is to engage city folk around the world with the plentiful urban nature that surrounds them. He has written countless articles on urban birds, urban conservation and wildlife in general for many websites, publications and magazines.

He is a regular television and radio presenter and has been featured on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK as well as other TV and radio channels around the world including CBS in the United States.

Saturday, October 20

Norwich Science Festival 2018 - Tree Listening. Photo: Norwich Science FestivalNorwich Science Festival 2018 - Tree Listening. Photo: Norwich Science Festival

1.30pm–2.30pm

The Forum, Auditorium

£6

Age 8+

Dinner with a Difference

Want to know a bit more about the science of how and why we like our food when we eat?

Then why not join the Science Festival for a Dinner with a Difference – an evening of delicious food, delightful fun and diverting facts in the company of two scientists and a chef.

This event is organised by No8 Thorpe Road supported by the RedCat Partnership. Monies raised from this event will go towards the charitable activities of the Teacher Scientist Network.

Thursday October 25

7.30pm–10.30pm

No. 8 Thorpe Road

£40

Age 18+

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