Gravity Discovery Centre Foundation chairman Don Pridmore said the festival organisers would receive $20,000 through the National Science Week grants program to hold the festival in August and September.
Mr Pridmore said festival events would be held across the Shire of Gingin to celebrate science in modern society, the natural world and across the universe.
‘The festival will begin in National Science Week, August 16, and continue until the end of September,’ he said.
‘A major exhibition at the Gravity Discovery Centre will celebrate the centenary of Einstein’s Theory of Gravity and the International Year of Light.
‘The exhibition will celebrate Einstein’s discovery that light is made of photons and his discovery of the nature of gravity.’
Mr Pridmore said there would also be major exhibitions in the Lancelin and Gingin townships, plus art-science sculptures and interactive exhibits.
‘An exhibition about WA’s key contribution in proving Einstein’s theory ” the heroic Wallal expedition ” will be part of the festival,’ he said. ‘The Wallal exhibition will be held in the historic Gingin Railway Station; it will reveal all this exciting history and the amazing connection between Einstein, WA and the expedition we mounted soon after the First World War.
Plans for the festival also include school science-art and astrophotography competitions and science comedy performances by school students. For more, visit www.gravitycentre.com.au.