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Five highlights at this year's Manchester Science Festival

Written by
Charlie Hooson-Sykes

Geeks and non-geeks rejoice. Manchester Science Festival has released details of its 2015 programme and as ever it's got something for everyone - from family events, to art, booze to plain old factual science. Here's five highlights not to miss – though this is just a drop in the scientific ocean of events being held.

Back to the Future…Today
On October 21 2015, also known as #futureday, Gorilla will be screening Back to the Future II (1989), to be followed by a discussion presented by scientists from the University of Salford. Though we may not see a hoverboard on every street, the question remains, have any of the predictions come true?
Wed Oct 21, 7.30-10.30pm, Gorilla. Tickets £10, booking required.

Ever wanted to save the world? As a government scientist with the country is depending on you to identify and control a deadly new disease, you’ll search the city in teams to look for clues and work together to find a cure. Outbreak! is an interactive street game for all - although under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat Oct 24, 11am-4pm, Manchester Central Library. Free entry, booking advised.

RNCM Symphony Orchestra: Colour and Sound
In a concert to stir the senses, the Symphony Orchestra will perform works by composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Scriabin for whom the link between colour and music was incredibly influential when creating some of their most famous pieces. With a pre show talk, this performance will encourage listeners to explore the senses.
Fri Oct 30, 7.30-9.30pm, Royal Northern College of Music. Tickets from £14, concessions available, booking required.

The Flash Bang Show
It’s back! If you want to see science in action, particularly with fire, fizzes, whizzes and bangs, then this one is for you. An introduction to atoms, molecules, solids, liquids and gases, for young and old. Particularly good if you like stuff that goes bang!
Sat 31 Oct, 4-5pm, G51 Chemistry Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road. Tickets £5, £2.50 concessions, booking advised.

The Very Best of Pint of Science 2015
Another return to the festival and definitely one for the grown ups, grab yourself a pint (or two) as speakers from a range of science backgrounds discuss local groundbreaking research. Whether you’re curious about the human mind, the planet Earth or atoms and galaxies, there’s something for anyone and everyone. And beer.
Mon 26 Oct, doors 6.30pm, 7-10pm, Pub/Zoo. Tickets £3, booking required.

Manchester Science Festival, October 22-November 1.

See more things to do in Manchester from Time Out.

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