Scifest Africa celebrating 23rd anniversary
South Africa’s National Science Festival, Scifest Africa, will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary event from 6-12 March 2019 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.
The theme for 2019 is “Discover your element”, with reference to the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as proclaimed by the United Nations.
In 2018, Scifest Africa attracted more than 62,000 visitors and offered a festival programme that consisted of 65 exhibitions and 701 events, presented by 284 contributors from 77 organisations in South Africa and the international STI sector. The national science festival received media coverage to the value of ZAR 3.7 million from 1 January – 31 March 2018.
Scifest Africa identifies and designs unique interactive events and educational resources with scientific integrity to advance science, facilitate learning in an informal and non-threatening way, and provide learners with an opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.
With continued support from the Department of Science and Technology, the festival makes science accessible to the public, encouraging parents and schools from across the country to bring learners to the event. Scifest Africa provides a platform for leading scientists, both locally and globally, to engage with the youth and inspire them to embark on careers in science and become leaders in these fields.