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Play On in Germany

Our interactive Play On exhibition takes to the international stage when it opens at the Universum Science Centre in Bremen in north-west Germany this week.

Play On is an interactive, family-friendly exhibition that enables visitors to get hands-on with the amazing ways technology influences our leisure time and showcases the science behind why we play, as well as the amazing new developments in how we do it. It was developed for the 2017 Science Festival and took centre stage in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland, which attracted over 145,000 visitors from 1-16 April.


(Play On at the National Museum of Scotland – photography: Chris Scott)

The exhibition is now embarking on a five-month tour visiting three science centres in Germany: at Universum Science Centre in Bremen from 22 June–13 August, at Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg from 17 August–17 September and at Phanomenta Science Centre in Flensburg from 21 September–2 November.


(Universum Science Centre Bremen, Germany)

Check out the video below to see Play On in action at Science Festival 2017:

Talking ahead of the exhibition launch in Germany later this week, our Festival Director Dr Simon Gage said:

“With generous support from Creative Scotland, The Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council, we created Play On for our 2017 Festival, linking the exhibition theme into our wider exploration of connectivity. We are now delighted to be partnering with three fantastic German science centres to give a brand new audience the chance to explore the science and technology behind why we play and how we do it.

Edinburgh International Science Festival is an outward looking organisation, dedicated to encouraging the widest possible audience to discover and explore science and technology in the world around them. As well as our regular Festival and education activities in Scotland, we also produce a variety of international projects each year so it’s great to expand our portfolio of international science engagement with this new project."

Play On was developed with support from Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, which was originally established 10 years ago to help maintain the global competitive edge of the Edinburgh festivals. It was also supported by the City of Edinburgh Council to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a festival city in 2017.