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Event Date Fri Mar 20 GMT (almost 2 years ago)
In your timezone (EST): Fri Mar 20 4:00am - Fri Mar 20 1:00pm
Location Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF, UK
Region EMEA

FutureFest is a celebration of our power to shape the future. In 2020, FutureFest brings together interactive experiences, performances, talks and debates that you need to reset the clock on doomsday and build your own survival kit.

How can the planet sustain us? What will Alexa do with your biggest secrets? How can we learn to be alone together?

With questions as big as these, it’s tempting to retreat, take shelter in a remote forest and hide from the world. But what we need is a map and a compass to point us in the right direction. FutureFest offers you the essential tools to reset the clock on doomsday and navigate a better future.

FutureFest is based on the belief that the future is not something that happens to us, but something we can create. In 2020 the festival brings together the artistic installations, performances, talks and debates that you need to build your own survival kit for the future.


2020 Speakers

Rasheeda Page-Muir
Director of a youth organisation, poet, wine lover

Jamie Windust
Writer, model, consultant

Eliza Anyangwe
Journalist, founder, sex positivity advocate

Professor Mandeep K. Dhami
Scientist and competitive ballroom dancer

Ms Mohammed
Artist. Activist. Cook

Professor Mark Brosnan
Professor, Psychologist and bell-ringer, Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) at the University of Bath

Professor Andy Miah
Posthumanism and bioethics

Lydia Nicholas

Will Hawkes
Insect Hunter, Scientist and Prehistoric Art enthusiast

Dr Alice Bunn
Scientist and open water swimmer, UK space agency

Amrou Al-Kadhi
Writer, performer and filmmaker

Ravi Gurumurthy
Chief Executive, Nesta

Tiernan Douieb
Comedian, writer, savoury porridge advocate, Nesta’s Future Curious podcast

Charlotte Crowther
Wellbeing expert, innovator, tea connoisseur

Hazel Sheffield
Journalist, filmmaker, vegetarian

Dr Rebecca Johnson
Acronym Institute founding director, first president of ICAN, activist-author

Iszi Lawrence
Radio 4 Presenter, author and jitsuka

David Finnigan
Writer, performer and theatre-maker

Professor Joanna Haigh
Physicist, climate change scientist, bassoonist

Jack Stilgoe
Writer, teacher, drummer

Charlie Beckett
Journalist, Professor, Hammer

Phil Booth
Mind 'for hire', campaigner, sculptor

Pooja Agrawal
Architect, planner, dancer

Zohra Chiheb
Architect, housing association board member

Charlotte Church
Musician, presenter, founder of The Awen Project

Louis Theroux
Documentary filmmaker, presenter, author

Magid Magid
MEP, former Lord Mayor of Sheffield, custard connoisseur.

Imran Khan
Nerd, funder, gamer

Laurence Scott
Writer, Broadcaster, Tennis Player

Lemn Sissay
International poet, performer playwright and broadcaster

Allyson Stewart-Allen
US business culture expert and perfume collector

Annette Mees
Artist, Artistic Director

Leigh Caldwell
Economist, Author and Bridge Player

Benjamin Hurst
Activist, Facilitator and Super Model

Nadeen Haidar
Registered dietitian, People Powered Results Programme Manager

Seyi Akiwowo
Founder, Disruptor, Campaigner

Vidhya Ramalingam
Founder, Anthropologist, and Musician

Dr Peter Drobac
Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Alex Lathbridge
Scientist, Comedian, and Terrible, Thinking Of A Third Thing

Adam All
Drag King, Performer

Paul van Zyl
Founder, South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Ruben Kostucki
Board Director, Chief Operating Officer, Yogi

Josie Young
Feminist AI Researcher and Ice Cream Enthusiast

Cemal Ezel
Founder CEO

Dr Sophie Cox
Engineer, Educator and Judoka

Dr Helen Pilcher
Science and comedy writer

Dr Kris De Meyer
Neuroscience, science communicator and occasional salsa dancer, King’s College London

Dr Jess Wade
Physicist, Wikipedian

Elif Shafak
Novelist, activist, professor

David Lammy
MP, Campaigner and Chorister

Richard Ayoade
Writer, director, amateur dentist