Beakerhead has big plans for its second year. The five-day event will return from September 10 to 14 with free outdoor exhibits street performances and ticketed events that combine art science and engineering.
The flagship installation which was revealed along with the rest of the program at an announcement June 10 will be Little Big Street featuring a human-sized nest a plastic bubble meeting room a 90-square-foot home an inflatable giant lotus and other interactive structures — all in a miniature neighbourhood with a fire-breathing gnome and sensor garden.
Presented with 90 collaborators ranging from artBOX and Loose Moose Theatre to the Alberta Science Foundation and the University of Calgary Rothney Astrophysical Observatory Beakerhead will host more than 50 events large and small throughout the city. Some of the highlights include: The Periodic Table — the international première of a ferris wheel turned dining room that will serve molecular gastronomy meals to diners as they enjoy a city view; Four-to-Six — Stephen Avenue Walk will fill with big time science buskers that will teach Calgarians a little wondrous something on their way home from work; The Giant Walkthrough Brain— international live première of a show that will uncover what the brain is really up to; and Speakerhead — dozens of speakers workshops and wonders that will pop up in different locations.
The Beakerhead schedule is online at beakerhead.org .