Q & A
Princes Wharf 1 will be humming with around 50 exhibitors, stage shows and workshop areas.
FOBI currently runs for two days:
- Friday 20th is “Schools Day”, only for participating schools from around Tasmania.
- Saturday 21st is open to the public.
Both days run the same content, but during Schools Day, student groups are scheduled across selected, set activities, across time-limited sessions. So even if your child has attended during Schools Day, they may be very keen to come back on Saturday and explore the content they missed – there will still be plenty to see and do!
This year, due to COVID logistics, the Saturday open day will run in four ticketed sessions of two hours’ duration: 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm. You can book for more than one session to extend your time at the festival.
The content includes:
Past workshops have included robot coding, VR experiences, building circuitry, the chemistry of colour… you know, all the kind of stuff you know your kids would probably love but you don’t know how to pique their initial interest. We do!
Every exhibitor works hard to develop an engaging hands-on learning experience. Past exhibitors have challenged visitors to build a model transmission network that doesn’t collapse under the weight of wires, encouraged them to explore the effects of movement on vision, and guided them to spot their first micro-organism under a microscope. Exhibitors will be keen to chat and explain how their field is of relevance to your life, and sow the seed of an idea or new understanding of the world.
This is probably the closest to science cabaret you’ll ever see! In around 35 minutes these folks pack in an amazing amount of highly entertaining content… your brains will get bigger without even noticing. Past visitors will recall liquid nitrogen shenanigans, fog cannons, audience participation, dramatic chemical reactions, helium, and probably a kitchen sink.
The Space Cowboy is back by popular demand for two shows only on Friday 20th.
Showtimes: 5.00 and 6.30pm.
Tickets: Adults $20, child $10, family $50.
Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 23 June.
Prices: $10 per adult, or $15 for two adults. Everyone under 18 years is free. Book your session/s now.
How could we – of all people – not listen to the science that has so far kept Tasmania relatively untouched by COVID? It’s created real logistical challenges for us, but we think we’ve struck a good balance. Here’s the plan:
- FOBI is now a strictly ticketed event, for strictly limited numbers due to venue capacity limits.
- To manage venue numbers, there will be four sessions of two hours’ duration: 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm. You can of course book for more than one session.
- To enable us to plan logistics in advance, we’re encouraging all ticket purchases to be completed online in advance. In the unlikely event that we don't sell out, remaining tickets will be available online. We will not be selling tickets at the door.
- You will need to present your tickets onsite (please see the FAQ below on Entry process on arrival)
- No pass-outs – if you leave early, we’ll likely let someone else in early.
Our survey data shows the average length of attendance in the past is around 2 hours. That means there are lots of people who stay longer than two hours – feel free to book for more than one session to extend your time at the festival.
This year we are required to limit our numbers to less than half our usual demand. That’s your first reason it would be wise to book in advance - we anticipate to sell out early.
The second reason is that booking in advance allows you to choose your session before peak times book out. We know from past festivals that visitor numbers peak between 11am-2pm - these midday sessions will sell out first!
On completion of your booking, trybooking sends you a confirmation email that has your tickets and receipt attached as a PDF. If you're not able to locate your confirmation email, you can have it resent to you using the trybooking Resend Tickets feature.
On this page simply enter the email address you entered at the time of booking, complete the reCaptcha, and click Submit. Don't forget to check your junk/spam folders.
Yes! Cancellations will be accepted up until 48 hours before FOBI opens (up until 9.00am Thursday 19 August).
You will need to email email@example.com if you wish to cancel. Once we action the cancelation, TryBooking will return the funds to your account within 5-10 Business days.
The ticket fee is non-refundable. This is stated in the TryBooking terms and conditions that you agree to at the time of booking.
You can present your ticket on any smartphone or tablet device. If you prefer to print your ticket that's ok too.
Please arrive early, with your ticket, to allow time for check-in via the “Check in TAS” app – all visitors will be required to check in either themselves or, have someone else check them in – it’s now a Tasmanian Government requirement.
If you haven’t already, download the app before arrival: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/check-in-tas
COVID check-in scan codes will be visible in multiple places before the ticket scanning queue, including on the back page of the printed program, so you can complete that process before hitting the queue.
Yes, there WILL be a queue.
Present your pre-purchased FOBI ticket (digital or printed) at the entry and you will receive a wristband for the session(s) you have booked.
Hand sanitising prior to entering the venue is mandatory.
Remember to dress warmly and prepare for all possible weather conditions including wet weather.
Using the temperature checking station prior to entering the venue is optional. But it’s a science festival – why wouldn’t you use ALL the gadgets?
There will be a loudspeaker announcement after the end of every two hour session.
Please leave promptly after the end of your session to allow for the next visitors to enter in a timely manner.
Activity providers, venue staff and volunteers will be there to ensure all visitors leave the venue promptly after their session.
You’ll cut your session short – if you’re half an hour late, that’s half an hour less of the science stuff you’ll get to see.
We encourage you to arrive half an hour early for your session. We'll be keeping an eye on numbers and letting some people in early if there's early departures from the session prior.
We have no designated parking, so plan ahead, and keep in mind that FOBI’s public open day coincides with Salamanca Market; as usual there will be roadblocks into the market area. It’s a good time to refamiliarise yourself with public transport options! Parking options include:
All areas of the venue are physically accessible, including toilets.
Yes, there will be a number of vendors on site:
- Que Sera Sera
- Davey Street Coffee
- Van Diemens Ice-creamery
- Taco Taco
- Bao Buns
- Soda Co
A water refill station will be available – please bring your own water bottles and keep cups! As an hygiene measure, no cups will be provided.
We are operating under the Tasmanian Government’s Event Framework as a Level 3 event.
- Sanitising stations will be located throughout the venue, and in the forecourt.
- Our COVID Safety Team (look for the high vis T-shirts) will be on site to answer any queries.
- 1.5m social distancing rule applies – please adhere to this wherever possible.
- Venue, stage and seating capacities will be determined by Tasmanian government health policy at the time.
- Cleaning staff will regularly ensure amenities are clean and frequently-touched areas will be sanitised often.
- Please do not attend the event if you have experienced any of the following in the preceding 7 days, and consult the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website for current testing advice:
- fever (or signs of fever, including chills or night sweats)
- runny nose
- sore/itchy throat
- shortness of breath
- loss of taste or smell.
If you decide not to attend because you are unwell please email us by 9am on Saturday 21 August, and we will arrange for your ticket to be refunded firstname.lastname@example.org
All festival queries can be directed to Meredith Wilson from Luminous Events email@example.com.