The Innovate Guildford science and arts festival heads to G Live

PUBLISHED: 21:55 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 01 March 2016

The Innovate Guildford science and arts festival heads to G Live (Photo: Ed Gregory)

The Innovate Guildford science and arts festival heads to G Live (Photo: Ed Gregory)


Leading the way in computer game innovation and the 5G revolution, Guildford’s footprints travel the world. As well as its rich heritage, culture and shopping, this is a technology town that makes dreams happen – and that’s what the Innovate Guildford science and arts festival is set to celebrate

Showcasing cutting edge Guildford-based organisations developing products, solutions and services for the future, the Innovate Guildford science and arts festival will take place at G Live on Saturday March 12, from 10am to 4pm.

As well as highlighting some of the global trendsetters in our doorstep, it aims to inspire young people to consider careers across the science and arts spectrum.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Gaming: Believe it or not, but Guildford is said to have the largest number of companies in the gaming industry outside of California. One of the big-hitters doing amazing things with Microsoft’s Xbox is Lionhead Studios. They will be giving Festival visitors a chance to explore Fable Legends, the latest game in their best-selling Fable series.

The 5G revolution: The future of communication is unfolding in Guildford, with the University of Surrey the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of next generation 5G. At Innovate Guildford, visitors will be able to hear Professor Rahim Tafazoli, director of the 5G Innovation Centre.

Technology: Innovate Guildford will also cast its spotlight on some of the other locally-based companies taking tech to the next level to help people and organisations, from mobility systems for disabled children (Bugzi) to areas as diverse as the environment (LC Energy), entertainment (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), music (Andertons), healthcare (Pirbright Institute and Royal Surrey County Hospital) and engineering (Campbell Reith).

The arts: Of course, creativity is key to inspiring new ideas. As such, you’ll also be able to discover Shakespeare’s Science with Guildford Shakespeare Company, learn about zentangle art with artist Claire Reed, meet synaesthete artist Poppy Porter, see urban art with Roo, listen to science-themed music by ACM students and write the future with writer Rachel Barnett.

Education and development: With the University of Surrey named as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 University of The Year, they will be aiming to inspire the next generation with a virtual ride into space and a glimpse into veterinary science via its Vet School. Meanwhile, St Peter’s School will be getting visitors involved in the science behind crime scene investigation and Code Club will help visitors learn coding and programming skills.

Innovate Guildford is part of British Science Week, from Friday March 11 to Sunday March 20) and is the Mayor of Guildford's initiative, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, as part of her theme for the year, Inspiring Guildford's Future Innovators.

For more information about Innovate Guildford, visit


Further reading

Victorian visionary Ada Lovelace: a pioneer of the computer age from Surrey

How teachers are coping with technological changes in the curriculum

Peter Molyneux: Guildford's gaming guru from small start-ups to Populous, Theme Park and Fable

The Supervet and his pioneering work replacing animal limbs at Eashing

Surrey's most innovative businesses: from gaming giants and space age scientists to Harry Potter



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