Occupy your future

Nesta's festival of the future

FutureFest is back

FutureFest is a celebration of our power to shape the future.

The future is not something that happens to us, but something we can create. FutureFest offers audiences a space to push the boundaries, to connect with other thinkers and to find their own visions for what might lie ahead.

Created by Nesta, this one-day festival brings together thousands of people to occupy the future through a range of multi-sensory experiences – including talks and debates, comedy and music, artistic installations and interactive performances. Past festivals have welcomed thinkers and performers such as Edward Snowden, Vivienne Westwood, Akala, Jon Ronson, Imogen Heap and Brian Eno.

FutureFest 2020 - Survival kit for the future

In 2020 we're bringing together the artistic installations, performances, talks and debates that you need to build your own survival kit for the future.

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Previous speakers

Edward Snowden

Vivienne Westwood

Nicola Sturgeon


Ruby Wax OBE

Paul Mason

FutureFest, the story so far

Ruby Wax interview: Can we heal ourselves through technology?

FutureFest 2018 speaker Ruby Wax shared some insights on the relationship between wellness and technology with Nesta. Take a look at her interview here.

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