14-15 March 2015

Vinopolis, London

What might the world be like in decades to come?

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. Updates

Programme

SAT & SUN

Edward Snowden

NSA Whistle-blower

The man at the centre of a global crisis.

Speaker
SUN

George Clinton

Musician and Founder, Parliament & Funkadelic

Presented by Convergence

Speaker
SAT & SUN

NEUROSIS

By Thrill Laboratory

Experience the world's first neurological thrill ride.

Installation
SAT & SUN

Jon Ronson

Author, 'The Psychopath Test' and 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'

Humans 0, Machines 1 / Humans 1, Machines 0

Speaker
SAT

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Head of Mansfield College, Oxford University

Speaker

Future Democracy

FutureFest Theme

What is the future of government “by the people, for the people”?

SAT

Matthew Herbert

Musician

Presented by Convergence

Speaker
SAT

Ije Nwokorie

CEO, Wolff Olins

The Future of Creativity (In An Age of Automation)

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Sweetshop of the Future

By Dr. Morgaine Gaye & Paul A. Young

Come on in, we'd like to give you a taste of the future…

Demonstration
SUN

Owen Jones

Journalist and Author, 'The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It'

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Mr Lyan

Ryan Chetiyawardana & Iain Griffiths

Award-winning mixologists

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Stevie Wishart

Composer, Performer & Improviser

Performance
SAT & SUN

Emotive City

By Minimaforms

Interact with robots in an intelligent, responsive play space.

Installation
SAT

Sophia Al-Maria

Artist, Writer, and Filmmaker

Gulf Futurism

Speaker
SAT

John Lanchester

Author, 'How to Speak Money'

Speaker
SAT & SUN

The Sensory Score

By BitterSuite & Tanya Auclair

Smell, taste, feel and hear music in new ways.

Performance
SUN

Amir Taaki

Director, Darkwallet

Dark is here. Dark is freedom.

Speaker

Johann Hari

Author, 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs'

Speaker

Future Thrills

FutureFest Theme

By hacking our senses, how can we establish new ideas of fun?

SUN

Adam Harper

Author, 'Infinite Music: Imagining the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making'

Discover how new technologies and their possibilities demand that we re-think music-making for the 21st century.

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Adrian Cheok

Professor of Pervasive Computing, City University London

Everysense Everywhere Human Communication

Demonstration / Speaker

Blind Robot

By Louis Philippe Demers

The Blind Robot delicately explores the body, mostly the face, of the visitor in a manner that recalls what the blind humans are doing to recognize a person or an object.

Installation
SAT

Barry Eichengreen

Author, 'Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses and Misuses of History'

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Future of Money Design Awards

Showcase of the 2015 Shortlist

Exhibit
SUN

Ian Brown

Professor of Information Security and Privacy, Oxford University

Democracy in a Cyber Security Context.

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Imagineering Lagos and Johannesburg

In partnership with the British Council

Explore the future of two of Africa’s fastest growing and most vibrant cities.

Discussion / Installation
SUN

Dr. Jaakko Kuosmanen

Coordinator, Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations

The Future Magna Carta

Speaker

Future Global

FutureFest Theme

Modern Africa and the Gulf region are homes to some of the world’s most exciting innovators and imagineers.

SAT

Luciano Floridi

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford Internet Institute

Speaker
SUN

Matthew Falla

Co-Founder, Signal Noise

God View - mapping our digital cities with data

Speaker
SAT

Dr. Michael Osborne

Associate Professor in Machine Learning, Oxford University

The Future of Employment

Speaker

My Robot Companion: Familiar

by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May

Installation
SAT & SUN

Dr. Morgaine Gaye

Food Futurologist

Presenting the Future of Confectionery

Speaker

Future Money

FutureFest Theme

How do we chart a viable future for the financing of our lives and societies?

SAT

Paul Dolan

Author, 'Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life'

Speaker
SAT

Peter Pomerantsev

Author, 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia'

Speaker
SAT & SUN

Robot World – A Meeting With Your Alternate Double

A Non-Verbal Film Essay by Martin Hans Schmitt

Installation
SAT & SUN

Stay Healthy – Drink Alcohol

By Mr. Lyan

What will our relationship with alcohol be in the year 2050?

Demonstration

Future Machines

FutureFest Theme

How do we strike a balance between the non-human and the humane?

SAT & SUN

String Theories

By Signal Noise

Installation

Future Music

FutureFest Theme

Where do we find the sounds of the future?

SAT & SUN

Tenison Road

By Microsoft Research

Exhibit

To Be Continued…

More FutureFest contributors and partners will be announced in early February.

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FutureFest tickets come in three different options and each option provides unlimited access on the specified date(s):


Weekend Ticket: Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 March 2015
£80.00 / £70.00 for students
Day ticket on Saturday 14 March 2015
£50.00 / £40.00 for students
Day ticket on Sunday 15 March 2015
£50.00 / £40.00 for students

FutureFest is designed for adults and will feature content that is not suitable for those under the age of 18.

Get tickets
The maximum number of tickets per order is 2.
There is a £10.00 student discount per ticket, maximum 1 ticket per order and limited to the first 100 per ticket option. Valid student photo ID will be checked upon arrival at FutureFest.

For further information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions or special requirements, contact us at futurefest@nesta.org.uk

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With its unique position as the UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta uses 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 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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Vinopolis London SE1 9BU


FutureFest’s host venue is Vinopolis under the Victorian railway arches of London Bridge and adjacent to Borough Market. The festival experience begins at the entrance on Stoney Street (post code SE1 9AA), a seven minute walk from London Bridge Station. View a detailed map and directions.
  • Directions

  • On Foot Stoney Street, off Borough High Street
  • Underground Jubilee or Northern Lines to London Bridge
  • Bus Various routes to Borough High Street
  • Car Nearest Parking: London Vintry Thames Exchange, EC4R 3TB

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