The future is not something that happens to us
We believe that by talking about the future we enhance people’s capacity to shape it.
FutureFest is a non-profit initiative aimed at bringing future thinking to the public realm, so that everyone can benefit.
Since 2013, FutureFest has attracted more than 9,000 visitors - with the community for each festival growing from 1,000 to 4,500 attendees.
Learn more about past editions and programmes here.
Trendsetters, changemakers, innovators and 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.
Professionals who are tasked with solving social and public problems in their jobs (from businesses, civil society, governments, charities or academia), FutureFest is an opportunity to debate and experience what their sector could look like in the future, and explore new or surprising ways to solve problems.
FutureFest is the flagship festival from Nesta - a global innovation foundation that backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time: from the pressures of an ageing population to stretched public services and a fast-changing jobs market. Using knowledge, networking, funding and innovation skills, Nesta grows new ideas that can change the world for the better.
Nesta is a UK charity but works globally, and always in partnership with others - including governments, businesses and charities. Nesta scans the horizon to find the emerging technologies and radical ideas that will help tackle the next generation of challenges we face. FutureFest draws on Nesta’s cutting-edge research and global network of innovators - across fields such as health, education, the arts and creative economy, economic growth, and innovation in government.
To find out more visit nesta.org.uk
FutureFest is curated by Pat Kane, Ghislaine Boddington and Nesta's Explorations and Futures Team. The curators work together to bring the festival to life with a cutting-edge mix of talks, debates, performances and immersive experiences. Nesta's Communications and Events teams work on the operational and executional activities around FutureFest and the marketing, content and promotion to help grow the event.
6-7 July 2018
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).