The World’s First Public Celebration of Science and Technology

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The Edinburgh Science Festival takes place every April, bringing two weeks of talks, demonstrations and exhibits across the city.

However you may not know that concept of a Science Festival was invented in Edinburgh. A senior member of Edinburgh City Council, Ian Wall, proposed that the city should highlight its new image by complementing its world-famous summer arts festivals with a new type of spring event.

The city put resources behind the idea, appointing a director and project team, and in April 1989 Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, arrived to inaugurate the world's first science festival. The Festival programme front cover also had the distinction of being designed by the famous Leith sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi.

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The Science Festival runs for two weeks during the Easter period. The programme is packed full with lots of fun events and workshops that aim to delight and inspire.

There’s plenty for adults to do too, with evening events that will give your regular night out a scientific twist.

Highlights include astronaut talks, children’s interactive exhibits and cocktail making classes to name a few!

The Science Festival takes place from 4-19 April 2020 at venues across Edinburgh. The full programme is available online and tickets are on sale now.

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