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Let's Experiment

Celebrating a wholehearted and very welcome return to hands-on science, the 2023 Edinburgh Science Festival embraces the concepts of experimentation, innovation, creativity, curiosity and invention.

Using the 2023 Festival as a living laboratory – a space for experimentation with formats, approaches and partnerships – we want audiences of all ages to not just talk about but to get up-close with science of all sorts through a special programme of exciting real-life experiments and special events.

As well as our flagship family venue at City Art Centre we have three exciting new interactive projects to get audiences involved in our experiments. We’re putting all living things under the microscope with Experimental Life, exploring the captivating wonder and diversity of life in all its forms. While our new FutureFest and EarthFest themed weekends provide great opportunities for yet more interactive family fun.

And adults need not fear as our Big Ideas events will be back at the National Museum of Scotland, with thought-provoking insights into some of the hottest topics in science. Plus, an expanded programme of Sociable Science events that deliver entertaining evenings out with science at their heart.

All of this runs alongside a vibrant and varied wider programme that celebrates the spirit of adventure and enquiry that push the frontiers of our knowledge about ourselves, the world around us and our place in the wider Universe.

We call on people of all ages to join us on a journey of experimentation and discovery – Let’s Experiment together!

Amanda Tyndall

Festival and Creative Director

Saturday 1–Sunday 16 April