New at WOMAD 2016: PHYSICS PAVILION!

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New at WOMAD 2016: PHYSICS PAVILION!

“….where ideas collide”

The festival that brings together musicians and artists from all over the world joins forces with CERN, the organisation that brings together the international community of scientists and engineers, alongside the Institute of Physics, Lancaster University and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), to create a fascinating new venue at WOMAD 2016.

For the first time at WOMAD, and in the shared spirit of having fun discovering new things, the Physics Pavilion promises to give festival goers an exhilarating programme of scientific discovery which bridges the gap between academic research, popular science and entertainment.  

Top of the agenda is the science of time travel and who better to lead that discussion than lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who Steven Moffat. He will discuss his work and how science fact blends with science fiction in a Q & A with the curator of the Pavilion, Professor Roger Jones from Lancaster University.

Another star of the worlds of both science and showbiz taking to the stage of the Physics Pavilion is TV and radio presenter, Geek Songstress and acclaimed musical comedian, Helen Arney.

Visitors to the Physics Pavilion will also, among other experiences, discover the futuristic cosmic piano; go live into the control room of the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and hear from those who work there; hear data from the Hadron Collider turned into amazing interactive musical soundscapes; learn about space weather, light drawing and the physics of fireworks, not to mention getting hands on by creating a cloud-in-a-box.  

Looking beyond the planet earth, space enthusiasts will have a chance to immerse themselves in the worlds of Black Holes, Anti-matter, Neutrinos, the Higgs Boson, the Northern Lights and, of course, the science of Time Travel.

The Physics Pavilion is open from 12 noon until 6pm every day, and is situated in the World of Words in the arboretum.