The Gravity Fields Festival 2016 website is now live, as the build up starts in earnest for South Kesteven District Council’s third science and arts extravaganza, taking place from September 21 to 25.
Tickets are already selling well, and can be booked online for the five day festival of science, arts, heritage, music, drama and outdoor spectacular, with world class performers in and around Grantham.
In 2014 the festival’s benefit to the local economy was calculated at £500,000, a figure which organisers hope to double this year.
Gravity Fields 2016 commemorates 1666, the year Newton spent at his birthplace at Woolsthorpe Manor to escape the plague in Cambridge, and his extraordinary burst of scientific creativity from his home.
Now, 350 years on, the plague hits Woolsthorpe. History will be re-written for schools and adults, as actors and plague doctors convey the impact of the bubonic nightmare if it had reached Lincolnshire!
It’s part of a packed programme ranging from TV zoologist Dr Sasha Norris and cutting edge baroque band Red Priest, to the genius engineers of WW2, courtesy of Cambridge scientist Dr Hugh Hunt.
Aerial spectacular comes courtesy of Ockham’s Razor, an AntiGrav box turns people’s worlds upside down, and top Spanish creative company Ponten Pie invites its audience into a unique ‘shed’ for a life-changing experience.
Presenters explore the science of Doctor Who, festival patron Professor Valerie Gibson chooses her top ten of Newton’s scientific achievements, and physicist and festival co-curator Dr Harry Cliff from Cambridge University brings news of CERN’s High Energy Frontier.
You can also join TV science presenter and festival patron Dallas Campbell for a special hosted evening, and what will a microlight find as a result of recording audio in the ether above Woolsthorpe Manor?
Royal Society President and Nobel Prize winner Sir Venki Ramakrishnan is among many world class speakers, who will discuss subjects ranging from nature to nanotechnology and the pinhole camera technique used by Newton as he studied the refraction of light.
Arts Council England funding will deliver a stunning and ‘Ingenius’ Saturday town centre finale, complete with a spectacular LED umbrella display from Cirque Bijou, circus artists, street performers, puppeteers and magicians, evoking the era of alchemists, fire, flame and stars and Newton’s time at the Royal Mint.
Meanwhile a full education programme includes a Ministry of Science blockbuster show at Grantham’s Meres stadium.
Hard copy brochures are now available from Grantham’s Guildhall Arts Centre or visit the website for more information and to book tickets at www.gravityfields.co.uk