The future is not something that happens to us

But something we have to shape in line with our values


Back to the FutureFest

In 2013, Nesta launched the very first FutureFest to start an optimistic conversation about possible futures. And we found there was a lot to talk about.

Since then, the conversation has grown every year, attracting the most curious listeners, the brightest minds and the most radical pioneers of our time. 

We’ve heard hundreds of thought-provoking conversations and debates, like Edward Snowden in a live video conversation with fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood. We’ve had mind-bending experiences, from the world’s first neurological thrill ride to a Fertility Shop of the Future. We’ve seen dancing drones, people being implanted with electronic chips and have walked through dystopian gardens.

And there’s so much more to come...

Who should attend FF and what will you get out of it?

FutureFest is open to curious minds from any walk of life. Whether you’re a sci-fi aficionado, an artist or a coder-in-the-making (or all three), FutureFest has something for everyone.

For changemakers or creative minds who want to keep on top of radical ideas, FutureFest dares to ask the most pressing questions about the future - challenging the status quo and imagining a better world. 

For professionals who are tasked with solving social and public problems in their jobs (from businesses, civil society, governments, charities or academia), FutureFest is also an opportunity to debate and experience what their sectors could look like in the future, and explore new or surprising ways to solve problems.

About FF speakers

FutureFest has always attracted the most curious listeners, the brightest minds and the most radical pioneers of our time. This is true both of our audience and ours speakers.

The festival hosts speakers of all kinds, from musicians to academics, social entrepreneurs to tech nerds, activists to scientists, all united by a wish to connect ideas to action.

Past speakers have included fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood, the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, novelist Will Self, political commentator Owen Jones, entrepreneur Cindy Gallop, food futurologist Morgaine Gay and music legend Brian Eno.


Tobacco Dock, London

20 March 2020

The Dock
Tobacco Quay

FutureFest will be held at Tobacco Dock, which is located just ten minutes walk from Tower Hill (District/Circle Line), five minutes from Shadwell (Overground/DLR) and seven minutes from Wapping (Overground).

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