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Arts and science join forces to show a sustainable future

Dr Kristin den Exter is looking forward to merging sciene and art when the Arts vs Science Riverside Festival hits Lismore on August 24.
Dr Kristin den Exter is looking forward to merging sciene and art when the Arts vs Science Riverside Festival hits Lismore on August 24. Marc Stapelberg

THE erudite field of science mixed with the creative flair of art is actually a match made in heaven, a team of Northern Rivers people have set out to prove.

A group of local education and environmental groups have joined forces to create the Northern Rivers Science Hub and deliver their launch event: The Arts vs Science Riverside Festival at Lismore's Riverside Park on August 24, designed to bring some magic to science week.

The Northern Rivers Science Hub is hosted by Southern Cross University in partnership with North Coast TAFE, Lismore City Council, Rous Water, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, EnviTE - Environment, Far North Coast Weeds, Richmond Landcare, Friends of the Koala and the North East Waste Forum, explained Kristin den Exter, from the Hub.

(From right) Arts vs Science organising committee Dr Kristin den Exter, Klara Marosszeki, Hannah Rice-Hayes, Georgina Jones and Vanessa Tallan are looking forward to the launch of their festival which will help to showcase science and art together.
(From right) Arts vs Science organising committee Dr Kristin den Exter, Klara Marosszeki, Hannah Rice-Hayes, Georgina Jones and Vanessa Tallan are looking forward to the launch of their festival which will help to showcase science and art together. Marc Stapelberg

"This one day festival in Riverside Park Lismore will bring together the art and science communities to explore the role of arts and science in understanding and managing our natural world for a sustainable future" said Ms den Exter.

It's also helping celebrate two events, one local and one national: Lismore Arts in August, and National Science Week.

Together, as the Science Hub, Ms den Exter said the team is able to work together with all their different strengths to engage people with science in a fun and different way.

It is important to be engaged in science because science is about "understanding the world we live in," Ms den Exter said.

"It's empowering."

Festival coordinator Hannah Rice-Hayes said it was amazing how fun science and art was when mixed together.

"I found when talking to people that people have been inspired with the connection between the two," Ms Rice-Hayes said.

(From right) Arts vs Science organising committee members Dr Kristin den Exter and, Hannah Rice-Hayesare looking forward to the launch of their festival which will help to showcase science and art together.
(From right) Arts vs Science organising committee members Dr Kristin den Exter and, Hannah Rice-Hayesare looking forward to the launch of their festival which will help to showcase science and art together. Marc Stapelberg

Topics:  art, science, science week, southern cross university



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