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Ruby Wax talking about her battle with depression and the research that it has inspired, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and DJ James Holden exploring consciousness through an audiovisual spectacular, and a brain-inspired flash mob dance: these are just some of the highlights in a packed programme of events that put the growing relationship between the arts and neuroscience under the microscope.

Inspired by BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience, the Barbican and the Wellcome Trust, two leading organisations in the worlds of art and science, have teamed up to programme 'Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain', which will see the public, artists and neuroscientists rub shoulders - and minds - to explore the inner workings of the brain. The Wonder season will feature films, music, theatre, talks and participation, and a wealth of hands-on experiments for all ages.

Visitors can explore the relationships between the city and their brains, find out how urban living drives impulsive behaviour and see what impact our 24/7 culture has on our sleep patterns. Neuroscientists will compete against each other to win over the hearts and minds of the public in a special live version of 'I'm a Neuroscientist, Get Me Out of Here'.

Illusions, experiments, arts, theatre and game play will dominate the Barbican foyers at both the Barbican Weekender and Wonder: Street Fair, and a special brain-themed flash mob will explore the role of dance in mood and emotion.

A season of neuroscience on film will include a special screening of 1958 B-movie cult favourite 'Fiend Without a Face' alongside classics such as 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', plus the Turner Prize-nominated portrait of RD Laing, 'All Divided Selves'.

The full programme of events and information on how to buy tickets can be found on the Barbican website. Festival delegates receive a discount on some events.


Should you have any queries about the Conference, please contact the BNA2013 Conference Office by email at BNA2013@tfigroup.com or by telephone on +44(0)207 808 5171
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