Einstein’s Garden returns to GM16 to nurture your curiosity..Posted Tue 12 Apr. 2016

Einstein’s Garden returns to nurture your curiosity, making inspiring encounters with science and nature an essential part of your GM16 adventure!

In Einstein’s Garden you’ll discover a playful collision of the inspiring and the unexpected: music, comedy and spoken word; innovative and fun presentations from scientists; wildlife walks, inspiring talks and unique workshops. We’ve got more excitement to share this year than ever before – here’s just a taste of what we’ve got in store in the Garden...

We absolutely love OKIDO, the children’s arts and science magazine, and their CBeebies show, Messy Goes to OKIDO – they’re inspiring, beautifully illustrated and lots of fun. So we’re delighted that they’ll be coming to Einstein’s Garden, and bringing all kinds of creative games and activities to the Workshop Dome.

Star Seekers, a unique theatrical experience will explore the limitless majesty of space through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics – and they need Green Man's Star Seekers to help them complete their mission! Einstein’s Garden is nothing without its audience of inquisitive Gardeners, and we’ll have plenty more interactive shows to enjoy. Guess the animal noise in Jungle Calling, make one of science’s most exciting discoveries in Hunting the Higgs, and relive the story of Galileo, the original rebel scientist, in Planets Collide.

Level Up Human joined us last year to record an episode of their podcast, and we’re excited to welcome them back for more thought-provoking and frequently absurd speculation about the future of human evolution.

Don’t miss the science-based rhymes, beats and loops of OK2 – science rapper and EG fave Oort Kuiper and Buster Redlox, one of Cardiff’s most recognisable street performers. Cat Rogers will be taking a break from her day job of opera diva to sing us some ukulele-backed science songs, and if you’ve never heard the charango, a South American folk instrument that used to be made from armadillos, don’t miss Professor Karmadillo.

Steve Cross is the science comedian who insists he knows nothing about science, and he’ll be telling us ‘How Science Ruined My Life’. Matt Allinson knows about ethics and self-driving cars; find out why his advice is ‘Don't Drive with Demosthenes’. And Jack Heal will be asking what we’ve always wondered: ‘Do Scientists Dream of Synthetic Sheep?’

We’ll be welcoming back Poco Drom, everyone’s favourite purveyors of animal songs for kids and their adults, the Science Ceilidh Band, and Galapagos Finch, who’ll be shrinking down to explore the soil in his brand new show.

In the Omni Tent last year, Louisa Ashley delivered her first performance in 12 years – now she’s back with ‘Confessions of a Newly Divorced Woman’, combining storytelling with poetry as she explores online dating and single life. ‘Get Yourself Together’ is a part-stand up, part-spoken-word exploration of depression, the politics of mental health and being from Bolton, delivered by the talented Josh Coates.

Heg & The Wolf Chorus will be bringing their theatrical, mythic folk tales, ahead of their debut album launch later this year. Something & Something will be creating experimental electro-acoustic grooves, whilst The Minke Whales combine brooding stories of revenge, lost love and witch hunts with intoxicating folk melodies.

Elsewhere, you can explore the fascinating nature in and around the beautiful Einstein’s Garden with our ever-popular Wildlife Walks, or explore some more human stories with the return of The Human Library.

With all this, and much more to come – including some unique Einstein’s Garden experiences we’ve been working on with our fantastic scientific partners – we can’t wait to see you in the Garden this August!

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