Newcastle Science Fest

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Friday sees the start of Newcastle Science Fest 2010. There is a diverse programme of events and activities, from which I’m sure all of you could find something of interest – whether a scientist or a lay person. Talks, film-screenings, experiments, workshops, open-days, speakers, comedy, food – if you can think of it, you can probably find it happening! So whether you want to take your children along to find out about horrible science, learn how to brew your own beer or want to make contact with some people in your field, have a look at the website to find out more!

Free Thinking Festival

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23 October 2009 – 25 October 2009

Free Thinking – BBC Radio 3’s unique festival of ideas, which comes to the North East for the first time. Explore the big ideas of our time with today’s leading thinkers, artists, scientists and writers, including Tanya Byron, David Miliband, Gina McKee, Mike Brearley, Lionel Shriver, William Orbit, Dan Cruickshank, Sarah Hall, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Ken Livingstone, Tom Shakespeare, and Lisa Jardine. The central theme this year is ‘The 21st Century Family’, but you’ll also find events on many other topics – from the future of the Western World, to the relationship between the rivers of the North East. And look out for the specially-written drama by Fiona Evans and Karen Laws on Saturday night. And it’s not just about listening to other people. Free Thinking is your chance to ask the big questions and take part in the debates. Or even try speed dating one of the thinkers!

Tickets for all events are free – see festivals part of The Sage website for more info….. www.Thesagegateshead.org