Some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers will converge on London this weekend for one the most unusual and overstimulating events of the cultural design calendar. This year celebrating its third incarnation, FutureFest is UK innovation charity Nesta's flagship weekend event with the tantalizing mission of creating "an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come."
Curated this year by musician and author Pat Kane, this weekend promises to bring together compelling talks, performances and other more experiential occurrences that will challenge out perceptions of the future.
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This year's program will contemplate some meaty contemporary themes including the future of thrills, music, money, machines and democracy. A star studded line up including the likes of whistleblower Edward Snowden, fashion design legend Vivienne Westwood and journalist such as Jon Ronson and Owen Jones will headline proceedings with a number of robots also tipped to make an appearance
The program for Saturday and Sunday invites revellers to explore the events future facing themes across a number of threads—Explore (talks from the big names), Discover (deep dive presentations from the theorists), Debates (battling it out with fellow delegates), Immerse (experiences recreating what the future might look and feel like) and Savour (an necessary sample of the flavour/alcohol of the future).
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.