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 most recent FutureFest took place on 17-18 September 2016 at Tobacco Dock, London.
Speakers at the 2016 festival included:
- Brian Eno
- Melody Hossaini
- Will Self
- Rhianna Pratchett
- Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
- Kate Russell
- Cindy Gallop
- Es Devlin
- Sherry Coutu CBE
- Oliver Peyton
FutureFest 2016 also featured a dedicated Nesta Stage for the first time, showcasing our diverse range of work in innovation, from the sharing economy to the future of city design and much more.
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.
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.