Style & Stuff Editorial
All the fun of the Faire
Oh Maker Faire! If you build it, then they will come, and creators, crafters, coders and DIY-ers will once again descend on Life Science Centre in their droves this April to cobble together some incredible sights.
If you’ve not been to one of these weekends before then you should know that they offer family fun like no other event with hundreds of inventors, drawn from right across the planet, making a bee-line for Newcastle to show us their wares, and indeed, encourage all and sundry to get stuck right in. Among the year’s headliners are Steamroadsters with their, hey, steam-powered roadsters. These look like Mad Max versions of penny-farthings and will be ridden by actors from Abacus Theatre who will be putting on a real show with these whimsical and wonderful creations.
Also look out for The Herd, a scrapheap safari, which will see ‘wild beasts’ roaming around the centre. This piece of performance art, created by company Foolpool, displays ingenuity and skill as they upcycle old bikes into mechanical animals. Also new this year is waterlight graffiti, an interactive work of art using a canvas made up of thousands of LEDs (spread over a surface that’s six metres wide and 1.2 meters tall) that are illuminated by applying water. Grab a wet sponge and draw with light. The wetter the LEDs get, the brighter they will shine.
The weekend will also feature 3D printing, art, robotics (including a robot orchestra), a multitude of crafts (from jewellery to spacecraft), hot drone action, electronics galore (don’t miss the laser garden), engineering (a water bike, anyone?), food stuff, gaming (get your mitts on a retro computer kit), plenty of hands-on activities (Muddy Fingers Pottery! The Blind Soapmaker! The Sludgy Stuff Engineering Roadshow!), Light effects, hackerspaces, music (bags the audio assault buggy), textiles, upcycling and oodles more besides.
There will be plenty of live entertainment over the weekend too as the greatest show (and tell) on earth rolls into town. Get to it!
Maker Faire UK, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April, Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Tickets: Family (two adults and two children, or one adult and three children) £24. Adults £8, Concessions (OAP, student, unwaged) £7, child (5-17) £6, child (4 and under) free. life.org.uk/maker-faire-uk