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At FutureFest we gathered radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience to excite and challenge your perceptions of the future.

We saw dancing drones, watched people being implanted with chips, enjoyed many great debates and heard from some truly interesting speakers including Will Self, Cindy Gallop, Brian Eno, DJ Spooky, Es Devlin, Mustafa Suleyman, Melody Hossaini, Sherry Coutu and so many more!

The themes for FutureFest 2016 were future love, play, work and thrive and the curators who brought these to life were Ghislaine Boddington, Pat Kane, Ruth Amos and Dr Morgaine Gaye.

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.


Brian Eno

Music innovator, artist and producer

Melody Hossaini

Founder and CEO - InspirEngage International

Will Self

Author, journalist and broadcaster

Oliver Peyton

Founder and Chairman - Peyton and Byrne

Es Devlin

Stage Designer

Rhianna Pratchett


Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

Composer, artist and writer

Kate Russell

Journalist, reporter and author

Cindy Gallop

Advertising consultant and entrepreneur

Sherry Coutu CBE

Entrepreneur and investor