11th biennial New Zealand International Science Festival was celebrated in Dunedin yesterday and every year it is held on 15 July. the festival contains a multidisciplinary dance performance animated by the tale of Matariki and its genesis officially closed the 230+ event-programme in the festival.
Inspired through the work of University of Waikato Maori astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua was one of this year's Festival guests and 'Hahakaranga' was performed to the capacity crowd at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. The performance was an inspiring copartnership between science and the arts which followed a 10-day programme of science events was held at 24 locations throughout the city.
Dan Hendra the director of a festival stated that the diversification of occurrences on offer charmed huge crowds, with more than half the ticketed events selling out and many more close to capacity.
"What a phenomenal week of challenging people to share our Festival theme and 'Go Beyond," Mr Hendra said.
He also stated that "With our new science hubs set up throughout the city, we're reaching and engaging with more people than ever before. In South Dunedin alone, we had 300 people through the doors every day (six times the average 50 on any other given day) while in our Vogel Street venue we had 1500 through the doors. And judging by the huge numbers of kids at our events and the massive smiles on their faces and our vision to inspire a new generation of science lovers has certainly been fulfilled."