When

1 to 11 March

8pm to 11pm

Location

Parkes

Time

3 hours

Audience

Everyone

About

Questacon's 2024 Enlighten projections celebrate the stories that shape our understanding of science. Through the fusion of narrative and light, viewers are reminded that science is not confined to laboratories – it's an integral part of our existence, waiting to be discovered in every corner of our lives. 

On each Friday and Saturday of Enlighten, you can enjoy outdoor fire shows, science busking and a sneak peek of Questacon Presents, an exhibition where you'll meet Pickle, Spud, and Bip who will help you explore the science around us. On these evenings, Questacon’s Atomic Catering café will be serving flashing fairy floss, cronuts, glowing ice cream and hot buttery popcorn. You’ll also be able to drop by the Questacon pop up shop to pick up lights to guide your way through the night. 

Things to know

  • This is a free family friendly event suitable for all ages. Tickets are not needed.
  • 1 to 11 March 2024.
  • Projections on the outside of Questacon from 8pm to 11pm daily.
  • Food and Drink offerings from 6pm to 10pm (Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March only).
  • For more information visit the Enlighten Festival website.

Connections

Questacon’s 2024 Enlighten projections illuminate the power of storytelling and showcase the science around us.  

Through the traditional practice of storytelling, ‘Connections’ begins Senior Elder, Aunty Violet delivering a heartfelt acknowledgment of First Nations people as the original scientists, emphasising the importance of sharing knowledge between generations. 

This story highlights the pivotal role of passing knowledge through generations and is symbolised by hands experimenting with science.  

Artist Acknowledgement

Weaving artworks use were generously gifted by emerging artist and staff member of Questacon, Tegan Cross (nee Christophersen). Tegan is a proud Murran and Bunitj woman who grew up on Larrakia Country (Darwin). Her ancestral connections to Country are to Kakadu and Coburg Peninsula (Gurig). Tegan draws on her connection to Country and knowledge handed down by her grandmother to inspire material use, processes, and movement in her designs. 

The playful side of science

Viewers are then transported to the Questacon building to meet Pickle, Spud, and Bip, who playfully traverse the Questacon building, showcasing the playful side of science.  

These whimsical characters, take viewers on a journey as they conduct humorous science experiments; see what happens when they try to use a catapult, explore static electricity and how they react when a chemical reaction goes horribly wrong!  

The story of these projections spark curiosity and remind viewers that science is not confined to textbooks but is woven into the fabric of our everyday existence.  

Questacon’s Enlighten projects are a mesmerising journey that celebrate the profound connection between storytelling, curiosity, and the science that surrounds us. 

Try an Enlighten-inspired science experiment at home!

Draw a Circuit
Arts and Design
Physics
Science
Electric Jellyfish
Physics
Science
Elephant's Toothpaste
Chemistry
Science
Marshmallow Catapult
Physics
Science
Pulley hoist
Physics
Science
Technologies