This summer’s bluedot festival falls on the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Moon Landing and we’re thrilled to announce the first phase of our mind-blowing Moon-themed line-up!
Taking place 18-21 July 2019 our multi award-winning festival will bring a summer of celebrations honouring the moment humankind stepped foot on another celestial body and celebrating Jodrell Bank’s unique role in tracking the Eagle Lander onto the surface of the Moon.
There’s plenty to look forward to with a stellar science line-up including Dr Helen Sharman the UK’s first astronaut and the first woman on the Mir space station; veteran broadcaster and science historian James Burke the BBC’s anchor for the live coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon Landings in 1969; and the UK Space Agency’s human spaceflight expert Libby Jackson. Plus, look out for Dr Katherine Joy, Dr Simeon Barber and broadcaster Dallas Campbell discussing Moon missions and space travel including an in-depth examination of establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon’s surface.
Meanwhile, using audio ‘loops’ created between mission control and the lunar module, fused with signals and recordings generated by Jodrell Bank as it tracked the moon landings, celebrated light artists Illuminos will transform the Lovell Telescope with Lunar Loops Telescope Projection. The festival’s arts and culture programme will also be enriched with bespoke lunar content including Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.
And don’t miss the Moon-dwelling Clangers celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of talks, and the award-winning Aardman Animations are also marking a milestone birthday with the 30th anniversary of the first Wallace and Gromit film, A Grand Day Out. There will be a special screening of the popular Moon-shot short and an in-conversation with the Aardman team.