Dublin is the self-declared ‘City of Science’ in 2012. This ‘year of science celebration’ will consist of a programme of over 160 science-related events that cross the worlds of art and culture.
These events are targeted at the general public and vary from a science themed picnic to an orchestral piece from the World Science Festival in New York. The programme, will include photographic and art exhibitions, several theatre pieces, film festivals, tours, trails and treasure hunts, street performances, science buskers, puppet performances, large-scale interactive installations, experiments, science carnivals and public talks, debates and workshops and even a fashion show!
Here's a taste of what to expect throughout the year:
Science in the City Festival
Dublin City of Science 2012 will host a 10 day ‘Science in the City’ festival from 6 – 15 July as part of the ESOF 2012 science in the city programme. The Festival will consist of over 60 events and unites a community of cultural institutions, organisations and individuals who are passionate about showcasing the best of science, arts and culture in Ireland
Download Dublin Science in the City Festival programme here.
The Science Gallery
HACK THE CITY
22nd June - 7th September
This is the flagship exhibition for The Science Gallery in 2012. It will demonstrate how innovation can transform our cities from the ground up.
14th September - 14th October
Will investigate how cutting edge developments in nanotechnology could transform everything from electronics to medicine to clothing.
26th October - 18th January 2013
Will play with the future of gaming, leveraging the Ireland's emerging role as an important global hub of the games industry.
Irish Fim Institute
AMAZE YOUR HEAD
Throughout 2012, the Irish Film Institute will mark the Dublin City of Science 2012 celebrations with a series of events that will provide an opportunity for active public engagement with science and related themes through film.
Each screening will take a particular focus e.g. the environment, knowledge, medical science and of course the science and technology of film and moving image itself. These events will take place at quarterly intervals at the IFI Temple Bar, throughout the year.
IFI Family Film Festival
IFI Family Festival 2012 brings the best films from around the world to our young film fans this summer. This is your one chance to see these great stories of different lives in other places and, in association with the Dublin City of Science*, we will explore the Science and Technology of film music, animation and digital technology too. Our young cinemagoers can also take part in our FREE Irish Animation Trail on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
National Concert Hall
ICARUS AT THE EDGE OF TIME
14th July 3pm & 7pm
Author Brian Greene teamed up with American composer Philip Glass in this multimedia recreation of Greene’s board book for children Icarus at the Edge of Time; a futuristic reimagining of the classic Greek myth set in outer space, about a boy who challenges the awesome power of a black hole.
Music of the Spheres
13th July 2012
Two thrilling 20th-century masterpieces transport us from the excitement of the New World to the wonders of outer space. Combining classical music and jazz, Gershwin’s thrilling “musical kaleidoscope of America” Rhapsody in Blue is an exhilarating hymnal to the home of the skyscraper.
Dublin City Libraries
SCIENCE FOR ALL
Dublin City's public libraries will run co-ordinated programme of events with a scientific theme throughout 2012. There will be a theme of science adopted in to into all relevant programmes and provide an exciting calendar of science related events, free of charge, to the general public. These programmes will run throughout Dublin City Libraries’ twenty-one branch libraries and will include talks, workshops and exhibitions catering for all ages.
UCD Imagine Science Film Festival
UCD Imagine Science Film Festival will host an exciting programme of events and screenings at dynamic locations throughout the city. We will draw the cinema going public into a participative experience, where debates, Q&A sessions and post-screening events will energise our audience. Join us if you are eager to explore science from a new perspective. Thursday 5th – Saturday 14th July 2012.
National Library of Ireland
The National Library launches Particles of the Past – Phase Four of the interactive multimedia exhibition Discover your National Library at 2/3 Kildare St. To celebrate Dublin City of Science 2012, the exhibition will showcase a fascinating selection of science-related gems from our collections.
Chester Beatty Library
The Chester Beatty Library and CALMAST (Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology) will present a series of interactive handling sessions and workshops for children to highlight the week in July. The Library holds a significant collection of scientific material in its European, Islamic and East Asian collections and a gallery trail will be available for visitors.
List of events:
Silk Worm Summer Club
Arts and Science talks
The tale of the Bamboo Cutter
Tara Oceans Expeditions
Tara Oceans Expedition, a unique scientific expedition, a commitment for the planet.
A few events are going to take place this summer in Dún Laoghaire, see all here.
See all Dublin City of Science 2012 events here.