The Bradford Science Festival is set to captivate audiences from 23 May to 4 June, featuring an extraordinary array of hands-on experiences and live events.

This eagerly anticipated festival will be the last opportunity for visitors to explore the National Science and Media Museum before it temporarily closes its doors from 5 June until summer 2024, undergoing an impressive £6 million transformation.

Thanks to the generous support of National Lottery players, the museum’s ambitious Sound and Vision project will bring forth exciting enhancements.

This initiative will introduce two new galleries, an additional passenger lift, and an enhanced foyer space, revolutionizing the museum’s offerings and ensuring a captivating experience for future visitors.

At the forefront of the Bradford Science Festival stands “Giant Leaps,” an otherworldly immersive experience crafted by acclaimed choreographer Corey Baker.

Alongside this captivating spectacle, the festival will feature the return of BradLab and STEM City, shedding light on the remarkable scientific advancements taking place locally and the thrilling career opportunities available in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

During the May half term, from 27 May to 2 June, visitors will have the opportunity to engage directly with science. They can create their own chromotrope or marvel at the intricate details revealed by a microscope.

In addition to these hands-on activities, the festival will host special performances and dance workshops led by Corey Baker Dance, as well as interactive science shows that explore the captivating world of light.

The festival will conclude with an exciting family weekend on 3 and 4 June. Festivalgoers of all ages can participate in engaging activities and interactive workshops led by community partners, along with captivating giant puppet performances and vibrant live drumming.

As the museum prepares for its temporary closure, visitors are reminded that the Cubby Broccoli and IMAX screens will be unavailable, while Pictureville Cinema will remain open throughout the week.

Until 18 May, visitors can experience the grand finale of the beloved Marvel series, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, on the region’s largest and most immersive IMAX screen, available in both 2D and 3D formats.

Additionally, the immensely popular family-friendly IMAX 3D documentaries showcasing Earth and space will continue to screen until 5 June.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Science and Media Museum, expressed her enthusiasm for this year’s Bradford Science Festival, highlighting its exceptional program and the unique opportunity it presents for visitors to witness the museum before its transformative journey begins.

Coinciding with the festival, the museum will also celebrate its 40th anniversary in June, adding an extra layer of significance to this exciting new phase.

The Sound and Vision project, a £6 million capital investment, has received support from various entities including The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund 2022-24, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, and the Science Museum Group, of which the National Science and Media Museum is a part.

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