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Giant spiderweb Tape returns due to popular demand

For immediate release

Tape, the hit immersive experience that sold out every day during this year’s Manchester Science Festival, is to return to the Museum of Science and Industry for a limited run of just six days.

There will be a second opportunity to experience crawling around inside the giant tunnels in the museum’s historic 1830 Warehouse when Tape reopens on Tuesday, October 31. It will run for six days until Sunday, November 5.

The giant structure, created by award-winning artists Numen/For Use, was built using 330 rolls of sticky tape. It proved so popular that it was completely sold out every day.

Antonio Benitez, Director of the Manchester Science Festival, said: “Tape was a fantastic success during the Manchester Science Festival, with people travelling from all over the country to take part. We’re thrilled to provide a second opportunity to experience this playful and immersive creation and would like to thank the artists for giving us this opportunity to reopen Tape to the public.”

Visitors during the festival included Dame Mary Archer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group, and a group of cosplaying Spidermen.

Tape will remain free, as it was during the festival, but spots will still need to be booked in person on the day at the museum. This is to reduce the number of dropouts and give as many people as possible the opportunity to take part.

Manchester Science Festival, now in its 11th year, is the largest science festival in England.

This year’s festival ran from Thursday 19 October to Sunday 29 October and featured more than 100 events at venues across Greater Manchester including Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport and Bolton as well as the city centre, making it the most bold, creative and ambitious science festival in the UK.

The headline exhibition, Robots, will continue at the Museum of Science and Industry until April 15 2018. The exhibition explores humans’ 500-year quest to recreate themselves in mechanical form.

Notes to editors

Tape debuted in Manchester as part of the Manchester Science Festival 2017, produced by the Museum of Science and Industry.

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About Manchester Science Festival

This year’s Manchester Science Festival is supported by lead educational sponsor the University of Salford and major sponsors Waters and Electricity North West. The Pi: Platform for Investigation programme is powered by Siemens, and the festival programme sponsor is Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP). The Robots exhibition is sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)BARA, PPMA BEST and MTA and supported by the Zochonis Charitable Trust. The festival media partner is BBC Focus.

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Science Festival (MSF) is a creative, playful and surprising science festival taking place across Greater Manchester. We are the largest science festival in England and the North’s premiere cultural celebration of all things related to science and innovation.

This year’s Festival runs throughout half-term from Thursday, 19 October to Sunday, 29 October and is supported by Lead Educational Sponsor the University of Salford.

Dubbed ‘part laboratory, part playground’, the Festival invites over 100,000 visitors to join us at more than 120 unique and extraordinary events every year, ranging from art installations and theatre to comedy, debates and workshops.

About the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.

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