It’s the day before Brighton Maker Faire, but to us it may as well be Christmas Eve. As always, after months of preparation and anticipation, when the day finally comes along, there’s something totally surreal and magical about it all. Just like children poking the stocking at the end of their bed with their toes, we’ve been eagerly reading all the makers’ tweets and blog posts about their preparations, keen to discover what amazing and outlandish toys we can unwrap to play with tomorrow. And you’d better believe we’ll be up at the crack of dawn, searching for those metaphorical chocolate coins.
But just like Christmas, the biggest joy of the occasion is in the giving of joy to others, and so we invite you to share in our excitement and get a cheeky preview of some of the makerly delights in store for you over the weekend…
The Essential Info
Saturday: The main interactive exhibition is on Saturday from 10am-5pm. This takes place across the Corn Exchange and Dome Foyer bar, and you can still buy tickets on the door (but you might have to queue). Adult tickets are £5, but under 16s get in for free. Cash only.
You’ll be able to explore all manner of projects and inventions, chat to makers, take part in mini workshops throughout the day, and come along to hear some of our illustrious speakers – including Maggie Philbin and Bill Thompson – in the mini conference. Highlights to look out for include Agnes Roboknit the life sized knitting robot, Break the Mould – a 3D body scanner installation, The Mini Patisserie – where you can design and decorate your own foodie charm, Fen&Co’s leathercraft demonstrations, and Mon Violin D’Ingres – where you can play music with the human body.
These are but a few of the treats that are lined up, and we strongly encourage you to come early so that you can explore everything, get involved, ask questions and have time to try making plenty of things along the way. Maker Faire is very much about getting hands-on, so don’t be backwards in coming forward. There is plenty to entertain all ages, but if you’re struggling to get to grips with some of the more technical makes, our Educational Interpreters will be on hand to help explain things.
We’d love to hear all about your experiences from the day, so please tweet us @MakerFaireBTN #BMMF2013 or post to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MakerFaireBTN .
Sunday: The second day of Maker Faire is purely a series of workshops for those who want to dig a bit deeper into a particular skill or project. These include Design Modelling, Felt Making, Wearable Electronics and Portable Soundsystems. This will all be taking place in the Dome Foyer Bar, and you’ll need to book tickets in advance – which you can do online here, or via the information desk at the Saturday event.
All that remains is to wish you a very happy Makermas and to give you a peek at some of the preparations that have been going on behind the scenes to help make this the biggest, sparkliest Brighton Mini Maker Faire yet. Enjoy…