Don't miss the fourth edition of the Eureka! Festival June 11 to 13, 2010


    
    on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal
    More than 100 free activities for the whole family!
    
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<p><span class="xn-location">MONTREAL</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 2</span> /CNW Telbec/ - Marc-André Coallier, spokesperson for the Eureka! Festival, invites the public to the giant annual celebration of science, back for a fourth year on the Quays of the Old Port of <span class="xn-location">Montreal</span>, from <span class="xn-chron">June 11</span> to 13. After last year's event, which attracted more than 60,000 visitors, this year's outdoor festival boasts more than 100 free activities. Some 60 tents will house a vast array of workshops, demonstrations, fascinating interactive lectures, original shows and much more!</p>
<p>The Eureka! Festival offers visitors an outstanding opportunity to meet enthusiastic scientists, exchange ideas, ask questions and imagine the technological innovations of the future. The Festival features a wide variety of activities and explores the many aspects of science: in the tents and on stage, strolling around the site-and more!</p>
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<p>Not to be missed:</p>
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    1. Two special event shows under the Big Top (700 seats)
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<p>NEW! Grand opening of the Festival</p>
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<p>Tastebuds and Molecules - A picnic for the nose, with François Chartier</p>
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<p><span class="xn-chron">Thursday, June 10</span>, <span class="xn-chron">7:30 p.m.</span></p>
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<p>Internationally acclaimed sommelier and author François Chartier and biochemist Martin Loignon will demonstrate the major role that smell plays in the enjoyment of food. You'll be amazed by the taste experiments, and your nose will resume its rightful role!</p>
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<p><span class="xn-chron">Friday, June 11</span>, <span class="xn-chron">7:30 p.m.</span></p>
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<p>The LNI (Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation) is back with a spectacular show that is part of the contest The Proof is in the Picture, presented by the Association des communicateurs scientifiques.</p>
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    2. Science Takes the Stage: shows in the tents
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    An explosive blend of shows and interactive lectures, with some of the
hits from 2009:

       - Yannick Bergeron: The Magic of Chemistry
       - Ariel Fenster: Science and Crime; Plastics: Miracle Materials
       - NEW! Shows and talks on biodiversity (2010 - International Year of
         Biodiversity):
       - Lecture on extreme weather
       - Science Slam tournament
       - Two shows of Science and Magic
       - Demonstrations of raptors in free flight (June 12 and 13)!

    In all, there will be nearly 30 shows for your enjoyment!

    3. Concocting Science: workshops for kids
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    More than 30 workshops will be featured, including several on
biodiversity. As well, three new ongoing workshops will be presented:

       - NEW! Science Centre tent, SOS Radio: a workshop where adults and
         children can put their resourcefulness to the test
       - NEW! Chemistry and Mathematics: professors from UQAM will have
         visitors trying out many different chemistry and math experiments
       - NEW! Creative art for kids: The Stonecat, the Channel Darter and the
         American Shad are all threatened or endangered species. With paper,
         glue, scissors and an unbridled imagination, kids will give
         biodiversity a helping hand!

    4. Science in the Tents
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    In 60 tents, participating scientists will explore a wide variety of
topics, from aerospace and biotechnology to the environment, information and
communication technologies, and transportation, etc.

    New this year: two themed tents

       - NEW! Regions tent: a group of researchers from the Lower St.
         Lawrence region will present their findings.
       - NEW! Science News tent: write your own science report, with
         Cybercap! Association des communicateurs scientifiques, Agence
         Science-Presse, MontréalScience, Montreal's public libraries and
         Cybercap, who will help you explore the topic of science news.

    5. Art installation
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    NEW! Artist Michal Seta has developed a work of interactive art entitled
(IR)Rationnel especially for the Eureka! Festival: a fascinating digital world
with images on a screen that change in response to visitors' movements. Try it
on your own or with a group of friends!

    6. Strolling Science and other activities
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       - Fun activities where visitors have a chance to express their views
         on scientific issues of concern to them
       - Street theatre with a scientific twist
       - The Wow Challenge! A tool for discovering the Festival, created by
         elementary school students and aimed at all our visitors!
    
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<p>FREE exhibitions at the <span class="xn-location">Montreal</span> Science Centre!</p>
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<p>For the Eureka! Festival, the <span class="xn-location">Montreal</span> Science Centre will offer free admission to its different exhibitions, including Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition!, on <span class="xn-chron">Saturday, June 12</span>, and <span class="xn-chron">Sunday, June 13</span>, from <span class="xn-chron">10 a.m.</span> to <span class="xn-chron">5 p.m.</span> (excluding IMAX(R)TELUS theatre).</p>
<p>Plenty of activities for every taste! For more details, including photos and a video from last year, visit the event's microsite, at <a href="http://www.festivaleureka.ca">www.festivaleureka.ca</a>.</p>
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<p>The Eureka! Festival is a co-production of the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal and the <span class="xn-location">Montreal</span> Science Centre, with the financial participation of the government of <span class="xn-location">Quebec</span>, including Tourisme Québec, and support from numerous partners in the <span class="xn-location">Montreal</span> region.</p>
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<p>The Eureka! Festival would like to thank the Canadian Wildlife Federation, its main sponsor, and Air Liquide, presenting sponsor of the Science Takes the Stage segment, as well as its other sponsors: Amgen, Bombardier, CRSNG, FQRNT, GE <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, MDA, Schering Plough and Montréal InVivo.</p>
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    Festival schedule
    Thursday, June 10:      Special program (with François Chartier) 7:30 to
                            9 p.m.
    Friday, June 11:        9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., special program from 7:30 to
                            9 p.m.
    Saturday, June 12:      11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Sunday, June 13:        11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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For further information: For further information: Media relations: Cindy Laramée, Roy & Turner Communications, (514) 844-9678; Source: Julie Mailhot, Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal, (514) 283-8085

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