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Nesta’s flagship festival returned to Tobacco Dock, London, on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July 2018

Two days. Five stages. 4000 people.

FutureFest, by Nesta, is one of Europe’s largest festivals of the future - exploring ways to shape a better future through immersive experiences, debates, installations and inspiring talks from the likes of Ruby Wax OBE, Sir Nick Clegg, Paul Mason, Imogen Heap and Akala.

The fourth edition of FutureFest came at a time when our relationship with the future is troubled. For many, the forces shaping our world seem threatening; from hidden influences over the media and politics to growing threats of terrorism and environmental degradation. FutureFest 2018 put control back into the hands of the people. We believe in alternative visions, untapped potential, and bold solutions to this era’s big challenges.

If the best way to predict the future is to invent it, then FutureFest is the place to start. We interact directly with those already putting cutting-edge ideas into practice - across democracy and government, work, health, education and the arts.

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.

Read our round up blog for the event and sign up to the FutureFest newsletter for updates on the next festival.

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