“The world in which we live has something to tell us” was the central theme of this first Science Festival in our country, inspired in the cultural festival, Puerto de Ideas Valparaíso, which is held in November each year and was created in 2011 by the political scientist, Chantal Signorio.
During three days 26 activities were carried out in iconic heritage sites of Antofagasta, such as the Ruins of Huanchaca, the Railway Station and the Municipal Theatre. In these activities, the public had the opportunity to take part in lectures, discussions, a film series, various activities for children and a concert, all of it in the hands of prominent national and international experts from the world of astronomy, literature, neuroscience, visual arts, music, physics, history, biology, geology and the performing arts.
Eric Goles, chilean mathematician, National Prize of Exact Sciences
Among the international guests we had with us Spanish paleontologist, Juan Luis Arsuaga, Italian neurobiologist, Giacomo Rizzolatti, who discovered the mirror neuron, and Pierre Cox, French astronomer, director of ALMA radio telescope. Other participants were renowned Chilean scientists, winners of the National Science Award: astronomer María Teresa Ruiz, mathematician Eric Goles, and neuroscientist Ramón Latorre.
In accordance with the multidisciplinary orientation of the festival, adults and children discovered the connection of science with history, literature, music and also visual and performing arts.
In pursuit of our goals, especially the support of culture and bearing in mind the importance of the arts in education, as a foundation we developed an experimental artistic laboratory, which we called “Sinfonía a todo color” (Full Color Symphony), aimed especially at children between 6 and 12 years old. Directed by the composer Juan Pablo Ábalo, and visual artists Madeline Hurtado and Carolina Jarpa, this activity was carried out on Sunday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Antofagasta Railway Station (FCAB, Casa 1).
In this innovative laboratory we developed perceptual experience with music and color, thus seeking that the children could discover through their personal perception and experience the relationship between art and music, two essential disciplines for the comprehensive development of children.