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‘Light’ at the Cambridge Festival

3:00pm on Saturday 3 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Light is one of the wonders of the Universe. For thousands of years, scientists have been trying to reveal the secrets of light — what it is made of, how fast it travels, and why it can be so spectacularly coloured.

Exclusively for the Cambridge Festival, Doctor Matt Bothwell and the Dance of Light Project offer a film about light. The first part is a talk by Matt, where he discusses the scientific quest to finally understand the true nature of light. The second part of the film invites you to participate in an experience of light; showcasing three moving light images, blended with sounds from the natural world, created by Rhea Quien.

The moving light images are from the ‘Dance of Light’ film, which link nature, art and science. They were created as a result of Rhea’s synaesthesic experiences and extended retreats in nature, observing light. The film is currently being remastered and will be released later this year. The nature sounds were donated by the British Library Nature Sound Archive and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. We recommend wearing headphones to experience the light images and their sounds in the most immersive way.

Matt’s talk is an extract from his upcoming book ’The Invisible Universe’, which will be published in November 2021.Matt is an astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. He obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2011. After a year working as a researcher at the University of Arizona, he returned to Cambridge in 2012. Matt is a science communicator, who gives astronomy talks and lectures on almost any area of astronomy to a wide range of ages. When he is not doing outreach, Matt is an observational astronomer, who uses a range of stateof-the-art observing facilities to study the evolution of galaxies across cosmic time.

Rhea is a painter, light artist and film director. She worked for many years as an art educator in Creative Expression Art (CEA) and as a therapist in Educational Kinesiology, running her own private practice in Cambridge. Rhea grew up in Kashmir, India, Iran and Europe. Through experiencing these varied cultures and living in close contact with nature, she came to understand that there is a universal thread underlying much diversity: life’s rhythms and cycles.

You can watch this special Festival film here:

Booking/Registration is: POSSIBLE

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Timing: Available on Demand
Theme: Explore, Society
Image copyright: Rhea Quien Art

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