Head Along To Festival Of Bright Ideas Next Weekend!

Celebrating Tasmanian science

Head Along To Festival Of Bright Ideas Next Weekend!

Festival of Bright Ideas is back for 2018, celebrating the Tasmanian science sector with hands-on activities, workshops, performances, lectures and tours.

On Friday, August 17 & 18 in Princes Wharf, you'll be provided with an educational, aspirational and family-friendly experience that all Hobart residents and visitors can get around. 


Some festival highlights include: 

Bang, Pop, Whizz, Whoosh!

10:15am and 3pm

Science is full of fascinating and unexpected sights and sounds. Science Entertainer Jeremy Just is back at FoBI once again to see just how many things can go Bang, Pop, Whizz, or Whoosh in 50 minutes. See exciting demonstrations using the power of everything from liquid nitrogen to fire in this science spectacular. 

Questacon’s Tasty Science


Are only our tongues used for taste? Are you a supertaster?

There’s a number of experiments with volunteers where we investigate strange tastes and the effects of colour, and mental suggestion.  You can have your tastebuds altered temporarily through some clever techniques or experience the joy of chilli and wasabi.

The show finishes with a sample of a bizarre tasting liquid nitrogen ice cream. It could be good, it could be...

Engineering Heritage Walk

11:30pm and 11am

Take a guided walk around Sullivans Cove and explore early engineering projects, buildings and machinery that have become part of Tasmania's heritage.

Tours depart 11am and 1.30pm outside Princes Wharf 1.

Mars One Project


Physicist, Explosives Engineer, Soldier, Comedian, Astronaut Candidate – one thing Josh Richards can never be accused of is being boring. Selected from over 200,000 initial applicants, Josh is one of 100 astronaut candidates short-listed worldwide to permanently settle Mars with Mars One in 2032, and the author of Becoming Martian - a hilarious take on how humans will change body, mind and soul by living on the red planet.


You can check out the full schedule here and learn about what workshops will be on here