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Singing Workshop with Sam Kavanagh

Singing Workshop with Sam Kavanagh

Thu 19 Jul | 11am | Main Space | €4

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Sam Kavanagh is on a mission to prove that music is for everyone!

Join Sam (from The Lalala Choir) for this fun singing workshop for families and friends (aged four and up), where anyone can show up and learn to sing. Every workshop is a new experience, as we explore the unpredictable world of improvisation; learn new songs and create our own arrangements on the spot.

No previous experience necessary!


Curiosity Carnival

Curiosity Carnival

19 Jul @ 12:30pm,2pm,3:30pm
20 Jul @ 2pm,3:30pm
21 Jul @ 11am,2pm,3:30pm
22 Jul @ 11am,2pm,3:30pm

Banquet Hall | €4

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Join us at the Curiosity Carnival, a hands-on adventure in science, play & curious technology.
Step inside Smock Alley Theatre and experience an exciting carnival of hands-on workshops, adventures in electronics, interactive installations, crafty creatures and curious games for all the family.

To celebrate our 6th birthday, we’re bringing the best of the festival to the Curiosity Carnival in 2018 along with some very curious new & playful pieces. From Lego building to curious crafting, musical circuits, playable electronics, and art machines come out to play at the Curiosity Carnival and try your hands at some of the most curious and playful gadgets & gizmos of 2018.

Bring your Bear friends! Don’t forget to bring along your favorite teddy bear for a health check at the Teddy Bear Hospital using some very curious technology, virtual reality and some loving care from our Bear Doctors. Kindly supported by Elastoplast we’ll make sure your trusty friend has all the bear essentials for a healthy, happy bear life.

Important Info:

Recommended for children aged 4 to 8 years
Eash carnival session is 50 minutes long.
Please book tickets for all attending, including adults.
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The Farthest Screening

‘The Farthest’ Screening

Thu 19 Jul | 6pm | Main Space | €5

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Join us for a very special screening of The Farthest + Q&A with Director Emer Reynolds.

It is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first manmade object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood, Voyager will outlive humanity.

THE FARTHEST celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.

After the screening, we have a very special Q&A with Director Emer Reynolds hosted by Dr. Niamh Shaw.


The Happy Hack

The Happy Hack

Fri 20 Jul | 8pm | Main Space | €5

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How to be happy? Join us for an evening of snappy and light-hearted demos and talks where Ireland’s finest scientists attempt to find the secret to happiness.

Expect laughter and some curious grins as we wander from the gut to the brain. Does a smile really use fewer muscles than a frown? Is it all in our DNA or does the weather really play tricks on our mood. With playful interludes of Laughter Yoga and the LaLaLa Choir.

The Happy Hack is kindly supported by Yakult.


Explorer Training

Explorer Training with Dr. Niamh Shaw

21 + 22 Jul | 9:30am | Main Space

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What does it take to become an astronaut? Explorer Training with Dr. Niamh Shaw.

Join Festival Explorer Dr. Niamh Shaw as she shares her stories of exploration, some of the exciting things happening in space right now and how we can train our bodies to be ready for the day when we will get to explore the Universe for ourselves. What is space like? What does it feel like in our bodies?

As part of our Family Explorer Series at The Festival of Curiosity exploring real-life explorers from the Stars to the Sea and from the Zoo to your Garden.


Deep Ocean Lab

Deep Ocean Lab

21 + 22 Jul | 11am | Main Space

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Deep Ocean Lab with Greg Foot. What happens as you dive further and further into the deep dark ocean?

Join YouTuber & Blue Peter Science Guy Greg Foot for the story of his scientific adventure to the deep.

With experiments and stunning videos, Greg will show you the high-tech submersibles that took him down a crazy 1000ft into the Twilight Zone. He’ll explain the importance of our oceans, and – thanks to Greg’s work with the Blue Planet II team – uncover the effect we’re having on them. You’ll also get the chance to meet a creature from the deep!

As part of our Family Explorer Series at The Festival of Curiosity exploring real-life explorers from the Stars to the Sea and from the Zoo to your Garden.


Beekeepers & Martians

Beekeepers & Martians

Sat 21 Jul | 2pm | Main Space

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Beekeepers & Martians!

As part of our family explorer series join Festival Explorer Dr. Niamh Shaw as she brings you on a journey through beekeeping. Get behind the scenes of her latest theatre show “Diary of Martian Beekeeper” and her Dad’s three beehives that inspired it. Sharing videos of her beekeeping adventures with her Dad, how they make honey, and how you can help bees do their job and what plants will help them best of all.

As part of our Family Explorer Series at The Festival of Curiosity exploring real-life explorers from the Stars to the Sea and from the Zoo to your Garden.


Everest Lab

Everest Lab

21 Jul @ 3:30pm, 22 Jul @ 12:30pm | Main Space

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What happens to your body when you push it somewhere it’s not built to go – to the top of the world?

Join YouTuber & Blue Peter Science Guy Greg Foot for the story of his scientific adventure to the world’s highest pop-up lab at Everest Base Camp.

With summit kit, interactive experiments, and stunning videos, Greg will uncover how a group of scientists and medics braved the thin freezing air to perform cutting-edge research that turns our ideas about medicine upside down.

As part of our Family Explorer Series at The Festival of Curiosity exploring real-life explorers from the Stars to the Sea and from the Zoo to your Garden.


Curious Short Films

Curious Short Films with BACIFF

Sun 22 Jul | 2pm | Main Space

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Meet the Oscar-nominated writer of Disney·Pixar’s Ratatouille for a special surprise short film programme for children at the Festival of Curiosity.
We are delighted to have Acclaimed Animator, Writer, Director & Oscar Nominee Jim Capobianco (Ratatouille, Leonardo, The Lion King, Mary Poppins Returns, The Inventor) guest curate a surprise short film programme for children.

In partnership with the Bay Area Children’s International Film Festival in San Francisco join us for a playdate for the imagination.

Following the short film programme for families, friends, and children aged 8 and up, there will be a special family Q&A with Jim.


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