Starting on Friday, the Museum of Science and Industry is hosting The Experimental Weekender, a pop-up festival that celebrates graphene. This material was first isolated at Manchester University in 2004, earning researchers Prof Andre Geim and Prof Kostya Novoselov the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010. Due to its near-miraculous properties it has applications in many different industries, and Manchester is now home to the £61million National Graphene Institute. The launch event for the Experiemental Weekender takes place on Friday evening with a performance by Circus House Manchester (pictured), a professional acrobat troupe whose own body bending embodies the properties of graphene. This evening, which is only for adults, will also include screen printing, ‘science selfies’, molecule making, plus an introduction to the ‘Wall of Graphene’ collective art project. Saturday and Sunday will feature family-friendly activities that aim to educate, entertain and help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers – including races, art workshops, circus shows and a ‘forces funfair’. Throughout the weekend, a specially composed work by National Graphene Institute musician-in-residence Sara Lowes will be performed.

Fri 26 – Sun 28 Jun, Mosi, Liverpool Road, M3 4FP, 7pm – 10pm (Fri), 11am – 4pm (Sat and Sun), FREE entry,

Fri 26 Jun - Sun 28 Jun
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Mon 22 Jun 2015