Tickets now available to book for Manchester Science Festival, featuring world first experiences including headline exhibition Turn It Up: The power of music and a journey through the galaxy with acclaimed choreographer Corey Baker. Futuristic fun for all ages, after-hours adult events and science at the museum and across the city centre

The Science and Industry Museum has unveiled the full line-up of its biennial science extravaganza, returning this autumn as a live event for the first time in four years.

Manchester Science Festival will be back from Friday 21 – Sunday 30 October to celebrate science, reveal wonder and inspire innovation through world premiere events and experiences, immersive performances, after-hours amusement and interactive activities.

Through its packed line-up, the festival promises 10 days of fun, discovery and entertainment as it explores one of life’s most crucial questions, ‘what does the future hold for humanity?’. Tickets are now available to book via the museum’s website with events taking place at the Science and Industry Museum, Central Library, Manchester Arndale and the Castlefield Viaduct.

World-first experiences

Location – Science and Industry Museum

Highlights include world-first headline exhibition, Turn It Up: The power of music, which will explore the science of music’s mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share. Premiering at the festival before embarking on a national and international tour, this multi-sensory exhibition will offer audiences a wealth of new experiences through specially commissioned interactive installations and immersive activities, as well as opportunities to create their own unique sounds. Visitors can also explore never-before-seen musical inventions, hear first-hand accounts from renowned musicians and uncover cutting-edge research, all with the aim of discovering the science behind music and what the future holds for melody making.

Audiences can get involved in another world premiere as they join acclaimed choreographer, Corey Baker, on his mission to create the first dance in space with an out-of-this-world immersive experience, Giant Leaps. Festivalgoers will see themselves and their movements transported to outer space, where they can influence the journeys of stars and space dust as they float through the cosmos. This fun, playful experience has been specially commissioned for Manchester Science Festival and will support Corey’s ambition of working with the European Space Agency to understand how humans’ movements are impacted by different atmospheres, with the ultimate ambition of designing a dance for astronauts. Set against an immersive backdrop of our galaxies, this interactive experience will also encourage visitors to view earth from a different perspective, appreciating its vulnerability and the need for humans to work together creatively to protect it.

Futuristic fun

Location – Science and Industry Museum

The museum’s iconic 1830 Warehouse will be a hive of futuristic fun for people of all ages throughout the festival, giving visitors the opportunity to play with the technologies and explore the ideas shaping the future of our cities and communities.

Families won’t want to miss the opportunity to welcome time travelers from the year 2122 during an interactive Live Action Role Play (LARP) experience led by climate change communications researcher, Francesca Kilpatrick. Inspired by the past, present and future of the 1830 Warehouse, visitors can meet fictional scientists from the future and be taken on a journey of discovery to reveal how technology and nature will change over the next 100 years. Get involved in a series of hands-on experiments at their futuristic research stations, discover the rare materials making everyday tech a possibility and even go foraging for the edible plants keeping our future cities fed.  

Compete against a prosthetic counterpart in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors when joining the HandBuild HandAssess Project at the University of Salford, supported by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award, to investigate the future of prosthetics. Visitors can also use their own muscles to control a robotic hand and discover if this technology could catch up with the capabilities of real-life limbs, or take part in a beatbox battle against a musical AI and explore what life on other planets might sound like with the University of Manchester’s NOVARS research centre. Young visitors can also grapple with the science behind gene editing during an interactive exploration of how technology can be used to alter the human body.

We’ve all seen tables created from wood and chairs woven from wicker, but have you heard of furniture made from fungus? Join Sow the City to explore what our future cities, homes and belongings might be made from as they reveal the ‘biomaterials’ that could be used in sustainable manufacturing of the future. Or take part in their interactive Carbon Supermarket challenge to see how to make healthier choices for the planet. Sow the City will also be on hand to offer tips on how to grow sustainable food for the future, helping visitors to reduce their carbon footprints even further.

For those wanting to get closer to nature, City of Trees will be uncovering the role trees play in helping to reduce the effects of the climate crisis and helping families to get hands-on in supporting the green revolution by planting, taking home and nurturing saplings of their own. Budding conservationists can also discover how to keep nature in their neighbourhoods thriving in future eco-systems with Lancashire Wildlife Trust or create an entirely new city of the future through craft activities with STEM ambassadors.

Amazon will be running a series of drop-in workshops and interactive experiments. Whether it’s using technology to clean up our future world, exploring the real-life impact of robotics or discovering just how far virtual assistants can help us, innovators of tomorrow will be inspired by tech and entrepreneurial expertise.

One-off events and activities

Location – Science and Industry Museum

As well as the activities taking place for the duration of the Festival, audiences will be treated to a number of one-off events throughout the 10 days.

The museum’s team of expert explainers will be performing a range of accessible, new super-power themed shows and demonstrations, encouraging visitors to imagine the possibilities when we push the limits of human abilities.

The Festival will also include Get Curious events, where visitors can find out more about the big ideas and innovations that are changing the world by meeting people working in STEM. Each event will take place in an eco-friendly, colourful construction funded by Siemens, and involve hands-on activities that support young visitors to delve deeper into the world of science. On Friday 21 October, visitors can meet experts from Amazon who have made their careers in STEM. On Thursday 27 October, BBC Research and Development will explore what Artificial Intelligence of the future might look like, and on Friday 28 October, Manchester Metropolitan University will be uncovering the connections between microbiology, fashion and food and fungus during a series of hands-on activities.

On Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 October, PPG will be hosting a drop-in activity station to help young visitors understand how different colours can influence their emotions. On Thursday 27 October, Waters will be time travelling to the year 2222 to discover how humans are able to live happily on other planets and on Friday 29, AIG will be encouraging innovators of the future to use their STEM skills to find solutions for their everyday challenges.

A special event created and curated by Manchester Science Festival’s Young People’s Panel will also take place on Tuesday 25 October. Supported by Brighter Sound, this event will encourage families to investigate how we can make sounds more sustainably by challenging them to help create an everyday orchestra and belt out a beat or tease out a tune from objects we all have around the house.

After-hours adult events

Location – Science and Industry Museum and Castlefield Viaduct

Delve deeper into the future of humans, music and nature with a series of after-hours, adult-only events.

Seize the special opportunity to explore headline exhibition, Turn It Up: The power of music, after hours before indulging in an evening of live music, digital art and pioneering performance as the museum partners with From the Other, the team behind Sounds From the Other City, Fat Out Fest and Samarbeta artist residencies, to host Turn It Up: Live. Inspired by the experiences in the exhibition, visitors can continue to explore the power of music as it combines with technology to form this futuristic display of audio and visual art, led by headline artists, Giant Swan, who over a table of drum machines, synths and guitar pedals deliver electrifying, improvised sets pushing the boundaries of live techno.

Enjoy after-hour access to the museum as it pulls back the covers to reveal the ’Future of Sex’ during its cheekiest adult-only Late event yet. Join an evening of performance, workshops, art and conversation to discover how technology and education are creating a future that fantasies are made of. Get crafty with The Vagina Museum by creating gynecological bunting and anatomical artwork; explore the possibility that chatbots are the future of romantic relationships by creating a ‘perfect companion’ in a unique experiment with King’s College London researcher, Chloé Locatelli; enjoy a Virtual Reality date with Flirtual, the first VR dating app; and discover how technology could change the future of our intimate relationships during an interactive discussion with a panel of ‘sexperts’. Be sure to keep an eye out for Anna Phylactic and the rest of Family Gorgeous who will be at the event to explore the future of sex with visitors.

The Festival is also hosting a unique opportunity to explore Castlefield Viaduct once the sun goes down in the one-off event, Sky Park After Dark: Nocturnal nature tour in partnership with the National Trust. Once a core part of Manchester's industrial heritage, the viaduct is now home to a remarkable number of animals. Discover more about its inhabitants, including insights into how they communicate revealed through cutting-edge technology, during a nocturnal nature tour led by experts from My Wild City, before hearing from a selection of passionate speakers during an ‘in conversation’ event looking at natures’ winners and losers in urban environments. 

Manchester Science Festival in the city

Location – Manchester Arndale and Central Library

On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23, visitors at Manchester Arndale can join Noisy Toys to experiment with new and innovative ways of making music and enjoy musical performances as Global Grooves’ squad of rhythmic robots brings future carnival sounds in a programme of activities inspired by the Festival’s headline exhibition.

From Monday 24 – Sunday 30 October, visitors to Central Library will also be treated to family fun and hands-on activities. Organisations from across the city, including Science X, Manchester Urban Design LAB (MUD-Lab), the Environment Agency and more, as well as a special participatory experience and Sunday opening from performers the Egg People, will help visitors explore the future of Manchester and understand more about how science is shaping the way we live as part of Manchester’s Our Year celebrations. 

As the world’s first industrial city, Manchester has long been at the heart of human development and continues to be a leader in progress and innovation. The Science and Industry Museum is uniquely placed to tell the city’s story. Sitting on the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, today it is alive with innovative discoveries and committed to inspiring visitors through ideas that changed the world. 

Tickets for Manchester Science Festival, including Turn It Up: The power of music, are now available to book online (

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Manchester Science Festival returns from Friday 21 – Sunday 30 October 2022 with an unmissable programme featuring world premieres, inspiring experiences and entertaining events, all aimed at exploring what makes us human and asking the question, 'What does the future hold for humanity?'



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