Science and arts highlights

Ever wondered about the science of art...and the art of science? We're bringing together art and science in exciting and innovative ways at the Festival. Explore our highlights of this fusion of culture below.

Adults
Performance

The Planets: An HD odyssey

Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for The Planets: An HD Odyssey and gaze in wonder as breath-taking NASA images and footage are projected onto a giant screen, complementing Holst’s awe-inspiring suite, The Planets and other space-themed music.

Age 12+
Talk

Wonder, passion & terror: what music tells us about our brain

Join Lord Robert Winston in a lively conversation with Stephen Johns, Artistic Director at the Royal College of Music, about the meeting of their two disciplines, science and music.

All Ages
Exhibition

Earth photo 2019 exhibition

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the earth in all its diversity.

All Ages
Exhibition

Wild Kensington: Exploring wildlife through art

An exhibition of community artwork inspired by local and global wildlife, produced from a series of workshops facilitated by the Royal College of Art and Natural History Museum.

Age 12+
Talk

Day in the life of a spoken-word scientist

Hear from a PhD student who is researching energy efficiency as a tool to combat climate change, and also writes poetry!

Adults
Talk

The musical brain: Neuroscience and classical music

A neuroscientist by day and classical pianist by night discusses her dual life and the latest research into brain function and the performance of music.

Age 12+
Workshop

Making moirés

Create your own hypnotic, wavy lined sculptures inspired by the patterns formed when two layers of graphene are placed on top of one another and given a small twist.

Age 12+
Exhibition

Grantham art prize

The Grantham Art Prize exhibition is a dynamic show of climate change inspired artworks by young and emerging art students who have collaborated with some of Imperial College London's top researchers.