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Blindboy to perform in Derry as NI Science Festival announce headline acts

Rubberbandits Blindboy Boatclub is amongst the headline acts at next year's NI Science Festival
Rubberbandits Blindboy Boatclub is amongst the headline acts at next year's NI Science Festival Rubberbandits Blindboy Boatclub is amongst the headline acts at next year's NI Science Festival

Limerick satirist, musician, podcaster, author, and TV presenter Blindboy Boatclub, will bring The Blindboy Podcast to Derry’s Millennium Forum in February as part of The NI Science Festival.

Established in 2014, NI Science Festival has grown to become the largest celebration of its kind on the island of Ireland and one of the leading science festivals in Europe.

The festival returns in February 2024 when it will celebrate a decade of scientific discovery and exploration and ahead of its full programme launch, has revealed its headline acts.

Festival favourite Professor Alice Roberts will returns to Belfast’s Whitla Hall on February 18 to discuss her new book, Crypt: Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages and Beyond.

The anthropologist, author and broadcaster will discuss how ancient bones hold the key to understanding the impact of violence and disease in medieval society.

Best known as one half of the Irish comedy hip-hop group The Rubberbandits, who wear plastic shopping bags as masks to conceal their identities, Blindboy regularly discusses mental health, masculinity, and other socio-political issues.

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The Blindboy Podcast is an award-winning storytelling podcast containing short fiction, interviews.

Drawing upon his experiences to democratise topics such as art, psychology, politics, science and music, at his event on February 20, Blindboy will speak to two special guest scientists to present unique and humorous insight into current issues they are currently researching.

Blindboy will also read from his much-anticipated new book Topographia Hibernica – a visionary new short story collection that unravels the knotted threads of humanity, nature and colonisation.

Tickets for both events are on sale now at NIScienceFestival.com.