Scifest Africa turns 20!
21st January 2016

Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, will celebrate its 20th anniversary event in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 2-8 March 2016.

The science festival was established by the Grahamstown Foundation in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation in South Africa.

Scifest Africa is the largest science festival in Africa, offering a festival programme of more than 75 exhibitions and 650 interactive events, and welcoming 58,000 visitors from Southern Africa and 300 presenters from South Africa and 12 other countries in 2015.

The theme for the 2016 festival, “A matter of time”, was selected in celebration of the 20th anniversary event and will explore the creation, measurement, depiction, experience and (even) end of time.

From archaeological discoveries, to the Bloodhound Supersonic Car’s attempt at breaking the world land speed record, the festival promises visitors the time of their life!

NASA returns to the festival this year, and visitors can travel back in time with Chief Technologist, Jim Adams, to learn about space technologies developed over the last 40 years that benefit life on Earth; participate in a workshop with Visual Strategist, Dan Goods, to see how he turns NASA’s scientific data into art; tackle space technology challenges with Fellows from the US National Institute of Aeronautics using littleBits kits; or travel to the future with Jim Adams to see look at the technologies being developed by NASA to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.

Scifest Africa, which is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, will also travel firm favourites of the last 20 years from across the globe, including Australia’s MadLab, France’s Planète Sciences, Germany’s Die Physikanten, and the UK’s science made simple.

The festival promises fun for everyone, ages five to a 105, including a Science Picnic in the Park, Mathematics Sleepover, Science Café, Laser Show, Speed Date a Scientist (or even a NASA astronaut) and Star Party.


Lookout for the electronic programme available at and from 1 February. Bookings open the same day on 0860 002 004 or

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