Space was the theme of the 2019 Stockholm Culture Festival, a mass event that took over central Stockholm, Sweden, from 13 to 17 August.
Art, music, films and science activities for all ages took to the streets to satisfy the audience’s curiosity about space.
At the festival’s interactive planet exhibition, the whole family could feel and learn more about our galaxy and how space can improve our lives on Earth. Iconic images of the Moon and some rare shots of the preparations behind the scenes were on display in the exhibition ‘A Swedish camera on the Moon’ at Brunkebergstorg Square in Stockholm.
ESA’s astrophysicist Matt Taylor shared the fascinating space adventure of Rosetta, the first ever mission to land on a comet.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano talked to thousands of festival-goers on 13 August to share his experiences in orbit, less than a month into his mission Beyond. Fellow astronauts Tim Peake and Thomas Reiter were on stage to host the event and bring the audience closer to space.
A stunning new film, called ‘Space Station Earth’, featuring images from space set to music by composer Ilan Eshkeri, made its world premiere on the opening night of the festival supported by a large orchestra, a choir and electronic instruments.
Combining images taken by ESA astronauts aboard the International Space Station with new footage created with the latest video techniques, the whole multimedia experience allowed the audience to see through astronauts’ eyes.