World Science Festival

Festival Name: World Science Festival


Link to site: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com


Host: n/a


Festival Type: Science Festival


Festival Dates: NYC Festival – Spring.

Overview of Festival: The World Science Festival’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

Our Work: The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond.

Sponsors and Partners:

Founding Benefactors: Simons Foundation; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; John Templeton Foundation.
Major Supporters: Ann Ziff; Bezos Family Foundation; Con Edison; Della Pietra Family Foundation; The Kavli Prize; NYU

Festival Team:

Brian Greene, Co-Founder World Science Festival; Chairman, World Science Foundation Tracy Day, Co-Founder and CEO World Science Festival

Judith Cox, President World Science Foundation

See website for other team members.

First Festival Date: May 2008

Festival History: The annual live, weeklong Festivals, which launched in New York in 2008, have collectively drawn over 3.2 million visitors worldwide, with millions more viewing the programs online. The World Science Festival’s original musical and theatrical works tour nationally and internationally, and March 2016 marked the launch of the World Science Festival Brisbane. World Science U is the Foundation’s online education arm where students and lifelong learners can dive more deeply through artfully produced digital education content presented by world-renowned scientists.

The Festival has featured Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Joshua Bell, Chuck Close, Glenn Close, Sylvia Earle, Aprille J. Ericsson, Tina Fey, Renée Fleming, Jim Gates, Philip Glass, Stephen Hawking, Lisa P. Jackson, Bill Jones, Charlie Kaufman, Mary-Claire King, Eric Lander, Richard Leakey, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Oliver Sacks, Liev Schreiber, Anna Deavere Smith, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Julie Taymor, E.O. Wilson, and Nobel Laureates David Baltimore, Barry Barish, Steven Chu, David Gross, Eric Kandel, Dudley R. Herschbach, Roald Hoffmann, Leon Lederman, Paul Nurse, John C. Mather, Saul Perlmutter, William Phillips, Adam Riess

Sherwood Rowland, Horst Störmer, Jack W. Szostak, Gerard ‘t Hooft, Kip Thorne, Harold Varmus, James Watson, Steven Weinberg, Rai Weiss, Carl Wieman, Frank Wilczek, among many others luminaries in science and the arts.

The World Science Festival is a production of the World Science Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non- profit

2020 Festival Canceled due to global COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information here: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com/press/update-from-the-world-science-festival/

Previous Seasons Shows:

2019:

Light Falls: Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein by Brian Greene. Music by Jeff Beal, Design by 59 Productions.

2018:

Bump by Chiara Atik (Play produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre, post-performance program produced by the World Science Festival.  Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation).

2016:

Dear Albert by Alan Alda

Light Falls: Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein by Brian Greene. Music by Jeff Beal, Design by 59 Productions.

2015:

Light Falls: Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein by Brian Greene. Music by Jeff Beal, Design by 59 Productions.

2014:

Dear Albert by Alan Alda

2013:

Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics by Brian Greene. Music by Jeff Beal.

 2012:

Icarus at the Edge of Time by David Henry Hwang, based on the book by Brian Green. Music by Philip Glass, Film by AI and AI

Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics by Brian Greene. Music by Jeff Beal.

2011:

Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie by Alan Alda
Icarus at the Edge of Time by David Henry Hwang, based on the book by Brian Green. Music by Philip Glass, Film by AI and AI
Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler (Play produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre, post-performance program produced by the World Science Festival.  Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.)

2010:
Icarus at the Edge of Time by David Henry Hwang, based on the book by Brian Green. Music by Philip Glass, Film by AI and AI

2008:
Dear Albert by Alan Alda
Einstein’s Dreams by Joanne Sydney Lessner (book and lyrics) and Joshua Rosenblum (music and lyrics). Based on the novel by Alan Lightman. Play produced by Science & the Arts The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a post-performance program produced by the World Science Festival.

QED by Peter Parnell

Special Thanks to Debra Nir, Director of Live Events, at the World Science Foundation for providing the information you see in this post.

Links:

https://www.nycgo.com/events/world-science-festival

Entered by: Anna Galanides
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