Science discovery centre Techniquest has introduced two new events to its line up in a bid to diversify its audiences.
In partnership with HUSH Collective, the Cardiff Bay-based venue is hosting a Silent Disco on Saturday 1st June, 9pm-1am.
Following its success at National Museum Cardiff, HUSH Collective is adding some science to its multiple sell-out events by throwing a party at Techniquest.
Guests can enjoy some of the city’s leading DJs including weather girl Sue Charles, Grl Tlk, Disco Motel and Dirty Pop, alongside interacting with Techniquest’s exhibits.
For the teenage market, the venue has developed a new event – Teen Lates – the first of which is being held on 21st June, 6.30pm-10pm.
Teen Lates: Level Up is aimed at 12-17 year olds, who have centre to themselves to explore Techniquest’s new temporary exhibition Generation Games which showcases games consoles all the way from 1972 to the present day.
In a gaming trail that winds its way around Techniquest, event attendees can try a game from each of the eight generations of consoles on display, including Tetris on an original 1990s Game Boy, Tomb Raider in Generation 5 and Virtual Reality in Generation 8.
This is the latest move from the 33-year old charity as part of a new audience engagement strategy where it is looking to increase its appeal to a wider audience.
Techniquest’s events manager, Gareth McTiffin, said:
“The success of our Admiral After Hours events in attracting a new audience to Techniquest has lead us to develop our offering further. While traditionally we have been a venue for young families, we are continually adding to our offering to attract a broader demographic. Following the same vein as our After Hours events, we’ve introduced Teen Lates to our roster for the teenager market and we’re also delighted to be working with HUSH Collective on its popular silent discos. We’re really looking forward to putting on these two new events and welcoming a new crowd.”
The educational charity is currently undergoing a major transformation through its Science Capital project which encompasses an extension of its building on Stuart Street and a repositioning exercise to extend and diversify its audiences.
Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest, said: “While Techniquest is a much-loved institution in Wales, we are still pigeon holed as a venue for young families. Through the work we are undertaking with our Science Capital project, we hope to change perceptions and attract a much wider audience to enjoy our fantastic venue and inspiring content. These two new events are a great addition to our roster. I’m sure they’ll be a big hit.”