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Scifest Africa 2016 - "A matter of time"

It has been a busy and productive year for Scifest Africa.

Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, was established in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation (STI) in South Africa.

The project consists of two components, namely the annual National Science Festival held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape in March, as well as a range of local, regional and national science outreach programmes implemented throughout the year.

Scifest Africa is a project of the Grahamstown Foundation NPC, a non-profit company and public benefit organisation (PBO) established in 1969 and based in Grahamstown.

Scifest Africa 2016 was held in Grahamstown from 2-8 March 2016 and offered visitors an interactive programme consisting of 65 exhibitions and 706 events including 33 lectures, 477 workshops and 196 other events.

The theme for the 2016 festival, “A matter of time”, was selected in celebration of the 20th consecutive festival, and invited participants to explore the creation, measurement, depiction, experience and end of time.

The 2016 festival welcomed 56,425 visitors from all nine provinces, including learners from 226 schools around the country.

Financial support for the 2016 festival came from 26 supporting organisations, and consisted of cash support and in-kind suppport. The premier supporter of the 2016 festival was the Department of Science and Technology.

The 65 exhibitions and 706 events on the official programme were presented by 328 contributors from 76 participating organisations within the South African and international STI sector. New event formats introduced on the programme included art installations, a film festival, pub science, science cafés and a star party.

A total of 25,551 tickets were sold for the 554 ticketed events on the programme.

Scifest Africa 2016 also received national media coverage to the value of R5,669,701 from 1 January - 31 March 2016.

The festival collaborated with various strategic partners to host a satellite festival, six outreach programmes, as well as two science communication and science festival management training courses during the festival. 

NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
VILLAGE GREEN FAIR
SCIFEST AFRICA
Leading the way in the development and exposure of science in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS FESTIVALS
Youth Empowerment Through the Arts
EASTERN CAPE EISTEDDFOD
Bringing People Together on Stage
ENGLISH OLYMPIAD
Enrichment Through English
SHAKESPEAR SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
MAKANA EDUTOURISM PROJECT
The driving force behind travel for education in the Makana region.
AMAPHIKO TOWNSHIP DANCE PROJECT

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