Beakerhead 2016 releases lineup for Calgary science extravaganza

Jun 20 2016, 11:55 pm

Beakerhead, Calgary’s annual smash up of art, science and engineering, has released its 2016 lineup, from a robotic whale with sensory equipment to fire-breathing botany.

More than 150 international artists and engineers are expected to descend on Calgary in September, to build, compete and exhibit interactive works of art throughout the city.

“We like to think of it as a giant sandbox of human ingenuity – an experience where you learn by doing,” said CEO and co-founder, Mary Anne Moser.

“When you throw open the doors to science and engineering to a welcoming world of art and entertainment, a lot can happen.”

This year, the five-day festival will include more than 65 mechanical sculptures, interactive street art, classrooms of creators, culinary delights, and spectacular performances.

Plus, Beakernight will light up the streets of Bridgeland with live music, beakerbar and quirky inventions ranging from a hamster wheel-powered tricycle to a can-crushing cow.

The massive, free outdoor gallery of art and engineering will also feature the international public premiere of Calgary’s own Blazin’ Lily Gals and their fire-breathing botany.

Beakernight and many other Beakerhead events are free, but there are also ticketed events to look out for:

  • Torched – A secret warehouse that uses cold steel and hot fire for an unusual and exquisite dining experience, including blow-torched shanks and skateboard-churned ice cream.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll History of Space Exploration – Back by popular demand, this part science, part rock ‘n’ roll live show, led by Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet on Discovery Channel, explores the scientific imagination and our quest to reach Mars.
  • Love Lab: The Darker Side of Relationships – Dr. Susan Boon from the University of Calgary and Dr. Stephen Yoshimura from the University of Montana, explore revenge in this animated evening, held in one of the world’s oldest love labs – a pub!


Where: All over Calgary

When: From Wednesday, September 14, through Sunday, September 18

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