Why are we doing this?
We use FutureFest to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come.
What are we doing?
Our weekend festival is held every 18 months and the next FutureFest will take place 17-18 September 2016 at Tobacco Dock, London.
FutureFest 2015, which ran 14-15 March 2015 at Vinopolis, London, focused on six themes: thrills, music, money, machines, democracy and global - which focused in on two rapidly-developing cities in Africa.
Highlights included Vivienne Westwood and Edward Snowden challenging the establishment and discussing the future of democracy; legendary funk musician George Clinton, who took us on a journey through space, time and music; best–selling author Jon Ronson questioning the power of social media and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC examining power structures in the face of globalisation.
The programme spanned discussion, performances, installations and interactive experiences. Attendees were engaged as active participants, informed and challenged to explore and formulate their own vision of the future.
FutureFest is not designed as a traditional static conference but as a multi-format event which gives visitors ample opportunity to take self-guided journeys.
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Visit the FutureFest website to find out more.
The inaugural festival, FutureFest 2013, was held in east London over the weekend of 28-29 September 2013. The event was staged to help complement Nesta’s work as a research body, investor and programme funder as well as a producer of world-class events.
Listen to the podcast series featuring talks, discussions and interviews from the event
Visit our dedicated website for more info on the 2015 speakers, exhibitors and performers.
Recap on the event highlights, including Edward Snowden, Vivienne Westwood and George Clinton.