Programme in next ‘Star’

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New Zealand International Science Festival director Dan Hendra is a happy man.

After many months of hard work, about 47,000 copies of the science festival programme will roll off the press at Allied Press Ltd, ready for distribution in next week’s edition of The Star, June 14.

Mr Hendra is looking forward to sharing the festival’s “exciting line-up” of national and international guests, which is still under wraps at present.

“The expertise among our guests is fantastic. It ranges from gene theory, to navigation, to fake news, to space exploration – it’s going to be great to hear what they have to say,” he said.

This year’s New Zealand International Science Festival, which will run on July 6-15 at venues across the city, features 240 events, up from 160 in 2015.

“It’s my first time as director, so it has been quite a challenge, but a good one,” Mr Hendra said.

Along with the festival’s usual focus on children and families, this year’s programme would have many events of interest to adults as well, he said.

The festival will be hosted by 12 venues across Dunedin, each of which had created their own “extremely strong” programmes.

“It has been important to us to spread the festival around the city, so as many organisations can be involved as possible.”

The venues include Dunedin Botanic Garden, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin City Library, University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, Otago Museum, Mitre 10 Mega, Wall St Mall, South Dunedin Community Hub, 123 Vogel St, Beverly-Begg Observatory, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Dunedin Community Gallery.

Among the festival’s many highlights will be the opening night event – a slice of the University Expo – to be held at the St David St lecture theatre complex on July 6, from 6pm.

The free event will be hosted by Helen Anderson and will feature a talk by Dunedin Longitudinal Study director Richie Poulton.

With most of the festival events to be held in smaller, “intimate” venues, Mr Hendra urged people to take a good look at the festival programme when it arrives with The Star next week and make bookings.

“Our events can be booked out quite quickly, so make sure you act and don’t miss out.”

THE VENUES

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

Dunedin City Library

University of Otago

Otago Polytechnic

Otago Museum

Mitre 10 Mega

Wall St Mall

South Dunedin Community Hub

123 Vogel St

Beverly-Begg Observatory

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Dunedin Community Gallery