First speakers for FutureFest 2016 announced
Nesta recently conducted a survey to gauge the UK public’s attitude towards the future and thoughts on issues linked to the festival’s four themes: the future of love, play, thrive and work.
Perhaps the most interesting result to me was that one quarter of those surveyed would swap their dinner for a food substitute, such as a nutritious powder or pill. I wrote about the exciting “food hacking” movement in my Nesta 2016 Prediction at the end of last year but perhaps I was a bit optimistic about its mainstream adoption. I’m excited to hear what veteran restaurateur Oliver Peyton has to say at FutureFest 2016 about the future of food and dining experiences.
I tend to fantasise about the future of work in terms of automation – how technology could eliminate the tedious tasks from my work day, so I can spend more time being creative (and, I’d argue, being human!). FutureFest will go deep on a number of sub-themes within the future of work including automation, the role of data, where and how we will work in the future. Entrepreneur Sherry Coutu CBE and advertising mogul Cindy Gallop will share their unique perspectives on this subject. Cindy was recommended to us by FutureFest friend and 2015 collaborator Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan and we are delighted that she’ll be joining us for the whole weekend and speaking separately about her innovative project MakeLoveNotPorn.
On the future of love theme, I’m very excited that we’ve commissioned musician, composer and author Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky to present a multimedia keynote on the future of love songs. Another exciting commission around future love is Coming Out, an interactive installation co-produced with Roundhouse Radio – it’s part podcast, part immersive theatre and unlike anything we’ve shown at FutureFest before.
Exploring the future of play, creativity and design are two incredible UK artists: stage designer Es Devlin, a frequent collaborator of U2, Kanye West and many others, and video game writer and designer Rhianna Pratchett. Es was profiled in an excellent New Yorker article last month and I’m very excited to hear about and see her future visions on the FutureFest main stage.
The best part about FutureFest is how it showcases cutting-edge artists, authors, leaders, makers and thinkers - and we somehow pack it all into one weekend! This September’s festival at Tobacco Dock will be bigger than ever – 5 stages, 12 immersive experiences, 16 debates and over 100 speakers. There is a lot more content to be announced in the coming months, so grab yourself a weekend ticket now (£10 off until midnight on Saturday 30 April) and join us for an adventure this autumn.
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Early bird weekend tickets for FutureFest at a reduced price of £70 (£10 off) are available until midnight Saturday 30 April. Single day tickets will go on sale in June.
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