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FutureFest is Nesta’s flagship weekend event of immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers to excite and challenge perceptions of the future. Join the conversation #futurefest.
With our unique position as the UK’s innovation foundation, 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. The content is anchored by six themes, which examine the future of democracy, global cities, machine and human interaction, money, music, and thrills.
Each day of FutureFest will feature unique programming and some of the content will repeat across the weekend. Speaker highlights include NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, visionary musician George Clinton, journalist and best-selling author Jon Ronson, human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, and musician Matthew Herbert. The event will also feature innovative installations and demonstrations including NEUROSIS – the world’s first neurological thrill ride, Paul A. Young and Dr. Morgaine Gaye’s Sweetshop of the Future and Emotive City by architecture design firm Minimaforms.
The event is not designed as a traditional static conference but as a multi format event which gives visitors ample opportunity to take self-guided journeys. The programme will span discussion, performances, installations and interactive experiences. Attendees will be engaged as active participants, informed and challenged to explore and formulate their own vision of the future.
The inaugural FutureFest 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. For a summary of the first FutureFest, visit the 2013 site.
Support and contributions for the upcoming FutureFest from Microsoft Research, the Science Museum, the British Council, the Oxford Martin School, Convergence, Signal Noise and our exclusive ticketing partner, Billetto.
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