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Manchester Science Festival is UK's 'most popular'

Dr Bunhead at Manchester Science Festival
2009 Festival highlights included:
Dr Bunhead's crash test jelly babies (Manchester Central)
The Luck Factor with Richard Wiseman (MOSI)
Nick Arnold: The Horrible Science Show (Zion Arts Centre)
Childhood obesity debate (John Rylands Library)
Geek girl dinner (Sweet Mandarin restaurant)
Human evolution talk (Bolton Museum)
Blood, vampires and science debate and film (Cornerhouse)
Robot hack day (MadLab)

The 2009 Manchester Science Festival (MSF) attracted more than 100,000 visitors making it the most popular event of its type in the UK.

Organisers say that attendance has rocketed by a massive 56 per cent from 65,691 in 2008 to 102,288 in 2009.

They're greeting it as a major boost for MSF which only started in 2007 and has launched it ahead of the British Science Festival (33,000) and the well-established festival in Edinburgh (68,000).

The 2009 event, which took place in October, was a week-long celebration and exploration of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Visitors came from the UK and overseas to attend a total of 317 events in 48 different locations across Greater Manchester.

'Thrilled'

Festival Director Natalie Ireland said she was 'absolutely thrilled' with the attendance figures.

"Manchester is a great science city, boasting legendary figures like Rutherford and Turing, so it's only right that it has a great science festival for everyone to enjoy and participate in.

"We're certainly not resting on our laurels and we are already busy planning our programme for Manchester Science Festival 2010, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Manchester Science Festival 2010 will take place from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October




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