Satisfy your curiosity

Festival of Curiosity offers day-time events and evening programme of science debates, discussions and shows

There's plenty to exercise your brain in Dublin at the Festival of Curiosity.

Kicking off today and running until Sunday, the festival of science and culture offers day-time events for families and children and an evening programme of science debates, discussions and shows.

Today’s fare includes Curious Futures with RTÉ’s Rick O’Shea at the Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar. Starting at 7.30pm, speakers will pitch their visions of the future, starting with the line “I believe in a world where . . . ”

From tomorrow until Sunday, between 11am and 4.30pm, the same building will host the family-friendly Curiosity Carnival of workshops, installations and games.


On the same days Filmbase in Temple Bar will be home to Lego workshops.

The Illusion exhibition at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin continues, and Trinity will also host the free Dublin Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 27th, where visitors can make a range of creations, including electronic circuits and laser-cut paper robots and see demonstrations of 3D printing, DIY biology, model- making, movie props and robotics.

Performances during the four-day festival include Stella, a play about women and astronomy (to be followed tomorrow evening by a panel discussion involving Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell), the Cern-inspired That's About the Size of It and family-friendly science shows.

Claire O'Connell

Claire O'Connell

Claire O'Connell is a contributor to The Irish Times who writes about health, science and innovation