Sci-fi festival takes over The Riverfront
12:02pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
Sci Fi Festival at the Riverfront Theatre, Newport. Keeley and Liam Sell at an animation and design workshop making models during the Sci Fi Festival. (1694572)
SCI-FI fans young and old, gathered at The Riverfront, Newport on Saturday for a day packed with all things space and fantasy.
The Space, Time, Machine and Monster festival, organised by Literature Wales, brought together fantasy authors, animators, film specialists, gamers and script-writers, to explore the genre of science-fiction.
Author, Mark Brake, who kicked off Saturday’s events with The Doctor Who Show, was joined by Jon Chase who used rap to explain the science behind the fiction of the Doctor.
Speaking to the audience of kids and grown-ups Mr Brake said: “The idea of the Dalek is the human of the future, man in the machine. The monsters in sci-fi are very much based on us and what we may one day become.”
Hollie Aldridge, events and marketing manager at Literature Wales, said: “We had been working with the Riverfront to try and being something to Newport.
“We’ve done a few events over south Wales and we thought it was time to come here. The Riverfront’s been a great venue so far.
“With things like Torchwood being filmed in Cardiff, it makes people see Wales as a centre for sci-fi.”
The festival continued into the evening with author events with the likes of Jasper Fforde and Catherine Fisher. Ben Aaronovith, writer of Dark Knight and Doctor Who shared his experiences as well as discussions on narrative gaming, script-writing and even a sci-fi play.
Ms Aldridge said: “It’s all about storytelling, which is within all these different forms. That’s what we are keen to show. And fantasy and sci-fi is such a popular genre across the age range – there are lots of people wanting to talk about it.”
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