Bookings for Scifest Africa 2016 now open!

The 20th edition of South Africa's National Science Festival will take place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 2-8 March, and our theme, “A matter of time”, will explore the creation, measurement, depiction, experience and end of time.

2016 Official Programme

If you want to know what we will get up to for seven days, view the Scifest Africa 2016 programme available in sections below:

2016 Workshops

2016 Etcetera

2016 Water World

Booking Procedure

Bookings open on 1 February 2016.

Tickets will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Telephonic Bookings

  • Download the Pre-Booking Form and Visitor Registration Form.
  • Complete the Pre-Booking Form and Visitor Registration Form and email or fax it to TicketHut at or 086 233 2122.
  • Contact the TicketHut call centre on 0860 002 004.
  • The call centre will assign you a reference number which must be quoted in all correspondence.
  • Make a record of all tickets required using the programme using the Scifest Africa 2016 Booking Form .pdf or .xlsx.
  • Please e-mail a list of the required tickets to us or contact the call centre on 0860 002 004 to book them over the telephone.
  • Your tickets will be temporarily reserved and the total price agreed upon.
  • You will receive an email or fax confirming your booking.
  • To add tickets to your booking, simply email or call TicketHut and quote your reference number.
  • Please note that telephonic bookings close at 16h30 on 29 February 2016.

Online Bookings

  • Visit, click on the Events tab, and select the day on which you want to attend the festival.
  • The system will allow you to select an event, add it to your basket, register, check out and pay.
  • You will receive an email confirming your booking.
  • To add tickets to your booking, simply login using your username and password, and repeat the first two steps.


Make a full payment by credit card, EFT or by depositing cash into the following bank account:

Bank name: Standard Bank
Branch name: Grahamstown
Branch code: 050 917
Account no: 081 996 071

TicketHut Details

The ticket office is situated at the 1820 Settlers National Monument, Fort Selwyn Drive, Grahamstown.

Opening Hours

1 February - 1 March 2016 (excluding weekends): 08h00-13h00, 14h00-18h00
2-8 March 2016 (including weekends): 08h30-19h00

Tickets sales close 30 minutes prior to each event.

Block Bookings

No more than 50% of the tickets to any event may be booked by one group. The rule prevents the cancellation of an event should a group not arrive.


While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the Official Programme, mistakes, additional events, unexpected changes, and cancellations can occur.

Visit our website at or which contains up-to-date information and allows visitors to check for programme changes after the publication of the print version.

The call centre will also have such information available.


Refunds will only be made in the event of programme mistakes, changes, and cancellations.Scifest Africa cannot make other refunds or undertake to resell or exchange tickets.

The organisers of Scifest Africa cannot be held responsible if an event runs longer than the advertised duration. Programme information is supplied by the contributors and is published as a guide.

Scifest Africa will not refund tickets for late arrivals at performances.


For more information, contact Scifest Africa on +27 46 603 1106 or TicketHut on 0860 002 004.



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