‘Giants of Science’ Gravity Fields Festival to be launched next week

Gravity Fields in Grantham 2012. 675C
Gravity Fields in Grantham 2012. 675C
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Schools, colleges, businesses and community groups are invited to a local launch for this autumn’s Gravity Fields Festival.

The launch at Grantham College on March 27 at 5pm will outline the opportunities for community and educational involvement and give a flavour of this year’s science and arts programme under the banner of ‘Giants of Science’.

Gravity Fields 2014 is again a mix of science, arts and heritage events celebrating Sir Isaac Newton’s close connections with south Lincolnshire. He was born and grew up at Woolsthorpe Manor and educated at the King’s School.

In 2012 the festival attracted an audience of 37,000. Around 1,000 local participants from 30 schools and community groups took part in the Transformation of the Town finale evening and many more attended science and community activities staged through the festival week - including shows from the National Space Centre and the

Science Museum.

The festival’s community and education programme will again include science themed workshops, shows and events and an educational programme for primary and secondary level.

It will offer participation in large scale outdoor arts activities with a science theme, working with national artistic teams and participatory dance and sound workshops. Leading science speakers from around the UK have already confirmed their attendance at the festival (September 24-28) and there will be additional science, arts and heritage activities.

SKDC is talking with Grantham’s Retailers Association on how best to help local retailers benefit from the thousands of people due to visit Grantham.

Cllr Bob Adams, SKDC portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture, is urging schools and businesses to attend next Thursday’s launch. He said: “We were very proud of how many youngsters and community groups got involved with and benefited from Gravity Fields in 2012. It was a rare opportunity to learn from and enjoy top level science and arts specialists right on the doorstep.

“We want to extend that for this year’s festival so that even more people can be involved, and the launch next Thursday is the start of that.”

Invitations have been sent to all schools and business groups. Anyone wishing to attend can confirm with Charlotte Watson at SKDC charlotte.watson@southkesteven.gov.uk 01476 406080