Brookes Live promises to be a spectacular evening of entertainment

Friday, 06 November 2015

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The people of Oxford are invited to a special “Brookes Live” on Friday 13 November.

As Oxford Brookes’ 150th anniversary year draws to a close, the University will be bringing different aspects of the institution together for a spectacular evening of music, activity and family-friendly fun.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor June Girvin said: “After last year’s incredibly successful Live Friday event, we’re very excited to be hosting Brookes Live in the fantastic space that is the John Henry Brookes Building.

"From a silent disco, live court-room drama to life-saving masterclasses and student-built Formula racing cars, Brookes Live is a chance for people in Oxford to be intrigued and entertained by the pioneering research, performance talent and learning that happens here at Oxford Brookes. 

This is an unmissable opportunity for us to open up Oxford Brookes to the public in a creative and interactive way.

Professor June Girvin, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculty, Oxford Brookes University

“This is an unmissable opportunity for us to open up Oxford Brookes to the public in a creative and interactive way.”

Visitors will be able to turn smartphones into microscopes, learn magic tricks used to help children with disabilities and collaborate with the Foundation Art and Design students in a live drawing activity.

Lecturers from the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences will give a session about sensitive and effective communication when supporting someone who is living with dementia and demonstrations on using street defibrillators.

Among many other displays will be Artie, the full-size humanoid robot, a live library where visitors can ‘book out’ subject experts and learn something fascinating and new and a mountain bike made from bamboo. 

Brookes Live takes inspiration from the award-winning Live Friday event ‘Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets’ which was held at the Ashmolean museum in March 2014. The evening marked the beginning of Oxford Brookes University’s 150th anniversary celebrations and was awarded a Silver Award in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards 2015 earlier this year.

Brookes Live will take place from 4pm-8pm in the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus. Admission is free and open for all to attend.