For five editions, Barcelona has filled with workshops and demonstrations, shows, itineraries, artistic installations, shows and talks of specialists one of the more emblematic public spaces in the city. The weekend dedicated to science and technology constitutes an annual appointment visited by 12.000 persons and an ideal interface for the contact of citizens with current science.
The Festa, organized by the Institute for Culture of Barcelona, was originated in 2007, when Barcelona celebrated a year devoted to science. On the occasion of that commemoration, the organization considered to organize a public festival following a model never made until then in the city and to locate it in one of the more visited parks. The result is more than 12 hours of free activities which combine experimental demonstrations with theater shows as well as art and science installations.
This paper presents the keys that characterize a model to bring over current science to the general public, a proposal that has been consolidated like an initiative different from other activities of science dissemination organized in Barcelona. With the aim of going away from a ‘fair model’, the program focuses on activities which use languages and formats that concede a protagonist roll to scientific knowledge and that takes in to account parameters which are more usual in programming artistic festivals.
The good disposition of researchers and institutions to participate in the festival is an indicator of the potential of this type of event. For the last edition one counted with the collaboration of about fifty institutions, research centers and entities which contributed to offer more than 79 activities and 18 micro-talks.
The central goal of the program is to present science and technology rigorously without discarding the use of artistic disciplines. The good acceptance of the public is reflected in the evaluation carried out along the weekend: more than 67% of people asked appraises very positively that the festival is devoted to science and more than 95% express a good and very good global appraisal of the activities.
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Five years of the festa de la ciencia
The Barcelona Science Festival model

Diana Escobar   Responsible of Science Dissemination Program, Institute for Culture of Barcelona

Patricia Castellanos   Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

M. Jesús Valle   Science Dissemination Program, Institute for Culture of Barcelona

For five editions, Barcelona has filled with workshops and demonstrations, shows, itineraries, artistic installations, shows and talks of specialists one of the more emblematic public spaces in the city. The weekend dedicated to science and technology constitutes an annual appointment visited by 12.000 persons and an ideal interface for the contact of citizens with current science.
The Festa, organized by the Institute for Culture of Barcelona, was originated in 2007, when Barcelona celebrated a year devoted to science. On the occasion of that commemoration, the organization considered to organize a public festival following a model never made until then in the city and to locate it in one of the more visited parks. The result is more than 12 hours of free activities which combine experimental demonstrations with theater shows as well as art and science installations.
This paper presents the keys that characterize a model to bring over current science to the general public, a proposal that has been consolidated like an initiative different from other activities of science dissemination organized in Barcelona. With the aim of going away from a ‘fair model’, the program focuses on activities which use languages and formats that concede a protagonist roll to scientific knowledge and that takes in to account parameters which are more usual in programming artistic festivals.
The good disposition of researchers and institutions to participate in the festival is an indicator of the potential of this type of event. For the last edition one counted with the collaboration of about fifty institutions, research centers and entities which contributed to offer more than 79 activities and 18 micro-talks.
The central goal of the program is to present science and technology rigorously without discarding the use of artistic disciplines. The good acceptance of the public is reflected in the evaluation carried out along the weekend: more than 67% of people asked appraises very positively that the festival is devoted to science and more than 95% express a good and very good global appraisal of the activities.

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