On Sunday 12th August, we're super excited to be heading to the Manchester leg of Blast Festival, in Alexandra Park as part of Caribbean Carnival. Blast Fest is pitched by the organiser, Anita Shervington, as 'a new genre of Science Festival where science and technology is explored through Black arts and cultural spaces'.

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Take a deep breath and discover what hides beneath the waves! Swim with sharks and turtles while you explore the world’s oceans. Join Marine Biologist and Conservation Scientist, Stuart Robertson who is taking the AquAIRium VR experience to explore the ocean environment and talk about what we can all do to help protect it.

Working with performer and storyteller, Emmanuel Bajiiji, neuroscientist, Dr Erinma Ochu, will be devising a new science and storytelling activity, inspired by seeing through the looking glass of mobile microscopes and her book chapter, The Dream Life of Digital, to inspire future generations to tap into their creativity to imagine future worlds, scientific endeavours and out of this world adventures. 

Like Erinma, Anita is a Wellcome Engagement Fellow, check out Anita's aspirations for her Fellowship here.

Check out the Blast Manchester and Birmingham programmes - all activities are free - and... it sets to be a blast!