Science festivals are mass participation, public events comprising of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) activities that celebrate science in a festive, fun-filled, and exciting way. Festival activities include lectures, exhibitions, and live demonstrations of experiments, workshops, guided tours, and panel discussions. Some science festivals may also incorporate cultural events such as theatre plays, all with the aim of involving the public in exploring the different facets of SET.
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), together with SAASTA build on foundations laid by various existing campaigns, which have been successful in incrementally raising public awareness of science in people’s daily lives. The aforementioned is done by means of funding support, as well as participation in the events.