Scifest Africa 2016
The edu-informative hub of South Africa, Scifest Africa, will be held from the 2 - 8 March 2016 in Grahamstown, which is located in the Eastern Cape.
The renowned event, which is South Africa’s sole national science festival, will be celebrating its 20th edition of showcasing innovative projects, bridging the gap between white-coated scientists and the public, and providing a platform of learning and opportunity for scholars wanting to follow a career in Science.
The theme for 2016, in commemoration of their 20th anniversary, is 'A Matter of Time'. The festival will feature an array of exhibitions, lectures, various workshop titles as well as interactive events ranging from activity zones, art and science master classes and an educational theatre.
Some of the 2015 highlights were the interactive visual art exhibition '3D_Scene', the unearthing of Grahamstown's archeological findings at Kid's Dig, and for the aviation enthusiasts the 'Denell Paper Aeroplane Competition.
Recurring events that visitors can enjoy include various hobbies fair, laser shows, the science café series, a fun run, field trips and game drives. The 2016 Scifest will offer a jam-packed itinerary of innovative and exciting events, watch this space!
The objectives of this annual science festival are to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation. This is achieved through a six-day program covering a variety of different formats and subjects related to the field.
Scifest is commandeered by the Grahamstown Foundation, a non-profit, public benefits organisation which was established in 1969, and is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
Scifest Africa has welcomed contributors from 12 countries, and 22 new contributing organisations.
Anja Fourie, Scifest Africa Director, had the following to say:
“Being the leading science festival on the African continent does come with a responsibility to maintain a certain standard, but Scifest Africa turned 18 in 2014, and we felt it was time to change gear. We have had tremendous fun putting together the 2014 festival, which I think shows in the quality of the programme, and we look forward to challenging ourselves even further for the 2015 event.”
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