SMASHfestUK is an inclusive ‘hyerlocal’ science and arts festival for young people and families that was founded to engage underserved/under-represented audiences with STEAM. All activities – ranging from comedy and immersive theatre to interactive game and hands-on experiments – are predicated on an overarching semi-immersive story about an impending disaster (i.e. “Asteroid!”). Community co-design engaging audiences and the involvement of artists and scientists also allows the festival to be a platform for research engagement and impact.
Lindsay is a BAFTA nominated film-maker, festival producer, writer and research fellow at the University of Greenwich. Following her PhD at Imperial College London she worked as a science TV producer developing her interest in public engagement. In 2015 she founded SMASHfestUK, an immersive science and arts festival for marginalized young people and families. Her research specialism, embodiment and behaviour-change through immersive narratives, underpins her practice through which she won a Time