How to attend
We are thrilled to announce that Nesta’s flagship festival is returning to Tobacco Dock, London, on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July 2018.
Playing with alternatives has never been more timely
The fourth edition of FutureFest comes at a time when our relationship with the very idea of ‘the future’ is fraught. For many, the forces set to shape our world in the coming years seem invisible and remote; from black box algorithms to hidden influences over the democratic process and the media.
The scale of the challenges of our time (inequality, failing democracies, healthcare systems edging towards crisis) calls for bold and radical responses. It is in this spirit that FutureFest 2018 will serve as a platform for alternative visions of the future.
FutureFest 2018 will be a chance to hear directly from those putting emerging ideas into practice across democracy and government, work, health, education and the arts. Through debates, installations and immersive experiences, participants will be equipped with the tools needed to author better futures.
The FutureFest experience
Since 2013 FutureFest has taken 9,000+ idea seekers on a multi-sensory journey to touch, feel, discuss and taste the future. It has attracted the brightest minds with hundreds of thought-provoking speeches and debates - including the legendary musicians Brian Eno and George Clinton, philosopher Roberto Unger and novelist Will Self, entrepreneurs Lily Cole, Sherry Coutu and Cindy Gallop, Mustafa Suleyman from Google’s Deep Mind, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, tech founders Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum) and Jaan Tallinn (Skype), economic visionary Paul Mason and political commentator Owen Jones.
If you joined us in previous years, you will also have experienced Neurosis, the world’s first neurological thrill ride, visited the Fertility Shop of the Future, and seen people being implanted with chips, dancing drones, and Edward Snowden in a live video conversation about mass surveillance with fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood.
Find out more and follow us on Twitter to get speaker updates and information on ticket deals, and make sure you add 6-7 July 2018 to your diaries!