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
Read our curator Pat Kane's blog post on the Future Music theme.
3rd wave of programme announced; highlights include visionary musician George Clinton, the Blind Robot installation, Wolff Olins CEO Ije Nwokorie and composer Stevie Wishart. Scroll down for details.
The man at the centre of a global crisis.Speaker
Musician and Founder, Parliament & Funkadelic
Presented by ConvergenceSpeaker
By Thrill Laboratory
Experience the world's first neurological thrill ride.Installation
Author, 'The Psychopath Test' and 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'
Humans 0, Machines 1 / Humans 1, Machines 0Speaker
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Head of Mansfield College, Oxford UniversitySpeaker
What is the future of government “by the people, for the people”?
Presented by ConvergenceSpeaker
CEO, Wolff Olins
The Future of Creativity (In An Age of Automation)Speaker
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
Journalist and Author, 'The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It'Speaker
Ryan Chetiyawardana & Iain Griffiths
Composer, Performer & ImproviserPerformance
Interact with robots in an intelligent, responsive play space.Installation
Artist, Writer, and Filmmaker
Author, 'How to Speak Money'Speaker
The Sensory Score
By BitterSuite & Tanya Auclair
Smell, taste, feel and hear music in new ways.Performance
Dark is here. Dark is freedom.Speaker
Author, 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs'Speaker
By hacking our senses, how can we establish new ideas of fun?
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
Professor of Pervasive Computing, City University London
Everysense Everywhere Human CommunicationDemonstration / Speaker
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
Author, 'Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses and Misuses of History'Speaker
Future of Money Design Awards
Showcase of the 2015 ShortlistExhibit
Professor of Information Security and Privacy, Oxford University
Democracy in a Cyber Security Context.Speaker
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
Dr. Jaakko Kuosmanen
Coordinator, Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations
The Future Magna CartaSpeaker
Modern Africa and the Gulf region are homes to some of the world’s most exciting innovators and imagineers.
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford Internet InstituteSpeaker
Co-Founder, Signal Noise
God View - mapping our digital cities with dataSpeaker
Dr. Michael Osborne
Associate Professor in Machine Learning, Oxford University
The Future of EmploymentSpeaker
My Robot Companion: Familiar
by Anna Dumitriu and Alex MayInstallation
Dr. Morgaine Gaye
Presenting the Future of ConfectionerySpeaker
How do we chart a viable future for the financing of our lives and societies?
Author, 'Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life'Speaker
Author, 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia'Speaker
Robot World – A Meeting With Your Alternate Double
A Non-Verbal Film Essay by Martin Hans SchmittInstallation
Stay Healthy – Drink Alcohol
By Mr. Lyan
What will our relationship with alcohol be in the year 2050?Demonstration
How do we strike a balance between the non-human and the humane?
By Signal NoiseInstallation
Where do we find the sounds of the future?
By Microsoft ResearchExhibit
To Be Continued…
More FutureFest contributors and partners will be announced in early February.
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.
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.
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.
- 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