Frequently Asked Questions

Are you thinking of offering an activity but need a little more information? 

Stoking Curiosity is a festival aiming to nurture a community of curious people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.  It’s a place to spark ideas and get involved in research together by building Community--University partnerships

It isn’t about just listening to someone else talk.  It is not just a showcase of academic expertise led by Universities.

Stoking Curiosity is for anyone who is curious about anything!

  • People coming along by themselves, with friends, with family
  • Community and voluntary groups and organisations
  • Businesses and enterprises
  • Students and staff from universities
  • People of all ages and backgrounds (some events might be suitable for certain age groups.)

The festival is about interesting stuff!

  • Asking and debating questions about the world, about life
  • Having a go, trying things out, sharing ideas around the environment, the human body and mind, art, history, ceramics, the planets and much more
  • Joining researchers from the Universities to do some research or quizzing them about it
  • Making connections between communities and Universities: it’s about breaking down barriers to make sure everyone can take part

The festival is co-organised by a partnership between the communities of Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Keele and Staffordshire Universities.

Anyone who would like to encourage curiosity in others, get them interested and excited about things you know and care about:

  • An idea or some research to share
  • A burning question to ask
  • Something to show
  • A hands-on activity for people
  • Testing out ideas

Read about the 2018 Stoking Curiosity Festival here to see how people took part in 2018.

Some examples of activities are:

  • Holding a group conversation on what makes you curious
  • Creating an interactive exhibit or installation
  • Running a workshop or doing an interactive performance/ activity.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s important that it lets the visitors participate in the activity. The Festival isn’t about just telling people something.

If you want to see the site before submitting your idea, email us at [email protected] or ring 01782 734908

The Festival will be curated by the Festival Steering Group, which is made up of local people and staff from community organisations, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Keele and Staffordshire Universities. We will look for proposals which clearly explain:

  • A topic or idea
  • How you will engage people in your activity or research
  • What type of activity or conversation you want to have
  • What makes your proposal exciting
  • What support/space/equipment you need and the physical stuff you can bring

We may be able to support some activity costs, us for more details.

We ask for all contributors to complete the '' form. Please send in your proposal by the 7 June 2019 at the latest.

If you have trouble with completing the 'Invitation to offer an activity' form, if you have any more questions, or want to arrange a site visit, email [email protected] or ring 01782 734908

We will tell you if your proposal has been accepted or not no later than the 28 June 2019. If your proposal is accepted, we might have suggestions for you or want to talk your ideas over with you to help make the Festival programme as exciting and varied as possible, and to support you to make the most of your skills and knowledge.