Science in the City will feature over 20 events in 14 different venues in Valletta celebrating science in a fun and entertaining way by fusing science and art. On the 28th September from 6pm onwards as part of the pan European Researchers’ Night, activities will run from St. James Cavalier, through Valletta’s streets and end in St. George’s Square.
The star event will be a live science TV show at St George’s Square, hosted by Pawlu Borg Bonaci and Angie Laus, revealing researchers, live experiments, and packed with entertainment for all the family.
At St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, there will be a collective exhibition by Maltese artists called ‘How?’ (Adrian Abela, Elisa Von Brockdorff, Matthew Farrugia, Michael Xuereb, Raphael Vella, rubberbodies collective, and Sarah Scicluna), a science film festival, Malta Café Scientifique talk, and a piano recital by Tricia Dawn Williams. The rubberbodies collective will be fusing new materials with a unique interactive video and performance installation at 8pm. St James Cavalier will be transformed into a science discovery centre until 28 October 2012.
At Palazzo Ferreria, the Malta Association for Contemporary Music is coordinating a 20 minute performance (repeated at 8pm, 9pm and 10.30pm) featuring flute and live electronics by musicians from the Music Conservatory of Venice.
Some witty science-based street art and installations will be reaching out to pedestrians along Merchant Street and Republic Street. These include ‘Joyride’ by Emmanuel Bonnici, six-foot high ‘Humanised Fruit Flies’ by Liliana Fleri Soler, a sculpture inspired by DNA called ‘You are the staircase’ by Norbert Francis Attard, and a hanging sculpture ‘Cortex’ by Raphael Vella. In Strait Street, Chris Briffa will be installing an echo free room, an experience not to be missed.
At the King’s Own Band Club, visitors have a chance to meet scientists and discuss research over a drink. MEUSAC and the Auberge d’Italie are hosting an EU Corner with shows and fun activities for children. MCST is holding interactive science exhibits and live science shows with experiments at the Central Bank car park area. Families will also be treated to a science-themed carnival parade ‘Maskri Grotteski’ along Valletta main streets, while various university student groups will give fun science demonstrations for all to enjoy.
RIDT has been set up by the University of Malta in 2011 to create a supporting structure that sustains and expands research through additional funds that supplement the existing resources. RIDT will be present at the courtyard of the Malta Chamber of Commerce in an audiovisual exhibit highlighting the Trust’s role.
Science in the City festival is supported by the EU FP7 Programme and the Malta Arts Fund. The event is coordinated by The University of Malta, in partnership with the Valletta Local Council, MEUSAC, Malta Council for Science and Technology, Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, Where’s Everybody, Malta Chamber of Scientists, Notte Bianca, iCreatemotion, Lily Agius Gallery, St James Cavalier and the University’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT).