There are plenty of festivals to enjoy across London this summer, but there’s just one that will explore the future. Now in its fourth year, FutureFest will be coming to Tobacco Dock from July 6th to 7th.
Get ready to experience immersive installations, thought-provoking debates and a schedule jam-packed with interesting speakers. The line-up includes such heavyweights as BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and all-round funny woman Ruby Wax.
FutureFest is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world and aims to look at our relationship with the future and the challenges that will be faced as a population and by the next generation. There will also be explorations into how individuals and society can improve the outlook for everyone.
Themes under investigation during the two-day event will include: hidden influences on media and politics; the growing threat of terrorism; and how the environment is being degraded. These huge challenges require bold solutions if an alternative vision is to be achieved.
Annie Mac will be appearing alongside American-British writer Amy Lame at the Dark cities: The future of the night discussion. The one-hour session is scheduled to commence at 3pm on the Friday and is bound to offer a fascinating insight into the subject.
Nicola Sturgeon will be tackling the topic of government and how it can shape the future when she appears at the festival on the same day. Her slot is earlier at 11am and is expected to last for just half an hour.
On the Saturday, Ruby Wax will be joined by author Ziyad Marar and writer Julia Hobsbawm to discuss technology. The session, entitled Being human: Connecting in an age of machines will take place between 2pm and 3pm.
Check out the rest of the programme to find the events you want to attend. Other speakers will include co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, Akala; former deputy prime minister, Sir Nick Clegg; and Sophie Walker, founder of the Women’s Equality Party.
Getting to Tobacco Dock for FutureFest
If you’re looking for a relaxed and convenient way to get yourself and all those you know who are interested in the big challenges to FutureFest, then hire a coach. Everyone will be transported hassle-free to and from the event in comfort.
What’s more, the festival offers deals on group bookings of more than ten, meaning there is no excuse not to fill a coach for the event.
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