Record numbers of visitors joined staff and students for the 2014 celebration of the best science and arts on offer from Imperial College London
What a weekend!
More than 12,000 public and alumni visitors descended on Imperial’s South Kensington campus to enjoy the interactives, workshops, tours, talks and performances on offer at the 2014 Imperial Festival.
The College had transformed itself with a Festival facelift, as new signage, 1,500 balloons, 1.3km of bunting and a small army of marquees went up around the Queen’s Lawn. By Thursday evening, over 40 hands-on research exhibits were ready to welcome the 200 VIPs who arrived for the Festival launch.
The next day, Festival spaces were turned over to our first bookable schools event for local students. One hundred students from a range of primary and secondary schools local to Imperial College London booked places to take part in a series of workshops and interactive displays linked to curriculum topics.
The event was put together to give students a taste of the Festival before it opens to the general public and to give them an insight into the research that goes on at the College.
Then on Friday evening, Imperial Festival 2014 kicked off in full with over 300 researchers from Imperial and beyond joining performers for an entertaining evening.
Following all the fun of Friday, Saturday's action started early with former staff and students returning for the Alumni Reunion before opening to the public at midday for the start of family-friendly activities across South Kensington.