Festival Announces World Premiere

08 Dec 2017


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The third annual World Science Festival Brisbane, supported by the Queensland Government, is set to take over the streets, parks and cultural precincts of Brisbane when it returns with a bang from 21 – 25 March 2018.

Hosted by Queensland Museum, the 2018 festival will focus on ‘humanity’ as scientists from across the globe delve into what makes us human, how humanity has advanced, and how science is working to ensure we live better for longer.

Chair of the Board of Queensland Museum David Conry said for five days Brisbane would be immersed in the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), with the popular regional program also returning next year.

He said the centrepiece of next year’s World Science Festival Brisbane would be the world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert. “For the first time, anywhere in the world, audiences will be able to experience John Williams’ magnificent score conducted by Nicholas Buc and performed in its entirety by the Queensland Festival Philharmonic accompanied by the Resonance of Birralee choir.

“This special event promises to be a thrilling staging of this much-loved cinema classic with its iconic score,” Mr Conry said. “It follows on from a similarly exciting ‘live’ movie experience staged for the 2017 festival earlier this year, which featured A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey. “With more than 100 events for all ages at next year’s festival, I encourage everyone to start planning a visit to this incredible celebration of science.”

Queensland Museum Network’s Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said to celebrate the program line-up, the museum had put together an exclusive VIP weekend package of mind-blowing science shows and live performances, The Human Experience – A Weekend of Champions.

“This exclusive and strictly limited weekend offer features six events, including exclusive VIP access to the festival’s immensely popular turtle experience, The Hatchery, and tickets to the Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert experience, Dr Thompson said. “There is much in store at next year’s festival, from scientific discussions, film screenings, trivia nights and our popular Street Science! extravaganza, which includes hands-on learning from robots, drones, and explosive science shows.

“World Science Festival Brisbane will increase its reach beyond Brisbane with its 2018 regional program including Ipswich while also again heading to Townsville, Gladstone, Toowoomba and Chinchilla so everyone can be excited by science.”

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