World Science Festival back in Brisbane

Five-day festival resumes its mission to “enthral and inspire”.

Brisbane will welcome back the World Science Festival next year with a program of new and familiar events.

Co-founder Tracy Day said the festival, from 9-13 March, would take science “out of the labs” and into communities, including regional centres.

“I look forward to a program of vibrant and timely conversations that take science out of the labs and into the streets, parks, theatres and museums, and help to position science in the centre of popular culture,” Ms Day said.

“Science holds the key to overcoming many of the current and future challenges facing society and our planet.

“The festival’s mission is to enthral and inspire through the optimism, innovation and ingenuity of science.”

The festival will also take the show on the road to key regional communities, starting with Chinchilla, then onto Townsville, Gladstone, Ipswich and finishing the tour in Toowoomba.

For the first time, Curiocity Brisbane will be delivered as part of the World Science Festival Brisbane from 9-20 March, presented by Queensland Museum Network.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said it was always encouraging to see the high engagement and enthusiasm for science learning when the festival travelled throughout the state. 

“Since 2016, we’ve been delivering the festival to our regional communities and the feedback is always positive, reinforcing our commitment to continue to deliver fun and meaningful ways for visitors to learn about science and the world around us,” Dr Thompson said. 

He said planning and development for the 2022 program were well underway.

“We’ll ignite curiosity in our visitors to explore life’s big questions through compelling discussions, lively debates, and science and art installations,” he said.

“When you break it down, science and art are essentially about observation and interpretation and we look forward to sharing this with visitors to Brisbane during March.”

Queensland Minister for Arts Leeanne Enoch welcomed the return of the World Science Festival Brisbane.

“The Palaszczuk Government is providing $9 million for the next three World Science Festivals, and it is so exciting to see this popular festival continue to evolve,” Ms Enoch said

“Since its introduction in 2016, this popular event has attracted audiences of more than 800,000 visitors and generated more than $32 million in economic impact for the state.

“The arts are key to delivering our plan for economic recovery, each year injecting $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and supporting more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders, and this is why the Queensland Government supports the only World Science Festival held outside of New York.”

World Science Festival Brisbane will see the return of crowd favourites The Hatchery: Turtle Conservation Experience at Queensland Museum, City of Science with free family science fun across two days and a digital program allowing audiences worldwide to hear experts discuss a range of topics.

Visitors to Brisbane can also explore, create and play with physical and digital “Curiocities” scattered around the city as part of Curiocity Brisbane.