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.

Family
Creative

Creating a mind

Trace out the connections in our mind and help us to create a beautiful neural network.

Creative
Family
Drop-in
Installation

Symbiosis

Immerse yourself in an interactive biofeedback art installation where you can transform your breathing into light. Relax, connect to others and learn more about HEartS research on the social impact of the ARTs.

Family
Installation

KIMA

Discover your voice visually with artists and researcher exploring links between their art and wellbeing.

Adults
Installation
Exhibition

We Will be Forgotten

An interactive art installation by Vinita Khanna

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.

Age 12+
Performance

Mrs X

Explore survival and death with this gripping drama based on antibiotic resistance in 1918!

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.

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+
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!

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.

All Ages
Exhibition

Earth photo 2019 exhibition

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

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.

Creative
Family

Go with the Flow

A fun and physical way to feel your way into fluid and aerodynamics