FutureFest: Explore The World Of 2036

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FutureFest: Explore The World Of 2036

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Dancing Spheres DJ booth from artists Harvey & John.

What does the future hold for us?

It's a question often asked in science fiction, but now you can find out, right here in London. FutureFest is a whole festival dedicated to exploring the technologies and trends we can expect to see in our lives over the coming decades.

FutureFest takes place in Tobacco Dock, Wapping, on 17-18 September — and Londonist readers can get 25% off tickets.

Thought Bubbles from artists Harvey & John.

This unique weekend features compelling performances, immersive experiences, heated debates and radical speakers. Big names include music legend Brian Eno, author Will Self, restaurateur Oliver Peyton, stage designer to Adele and Kanye West ES Devlin, and trailblazing video game writer Rhianna Pratchett.

This is not a festival in which you'll be sat in an auditorium listening to speakers all day (though you can if you choose to). The best thing about FutureFest is its hands-on exploration of emerging technologies — from a virtual reality group experience to sophisticated robotic arms. Have a play, and talk to their creators — and debate the possibilities with other future-thinkers.

Cybathlete from Team Imperial uses mechanised arm.

The festival focuses on four key themes central to all our lives: love, play, work and thrive. Discover what a love song of the future might sound like; join a discussion on whether the Olympics could one day include robotic competitors; will the workforce of the future be microchipped for efficiency — and encouraged to have more fun? And what about the future of fertility... or death?

Explore these and other topics, perhaps while sipping one of Mr Lyan's futuristic cocktails and reflecting on why you should care deeply about the future; after all, you'll be spending the rest of your life there.

FutureFest is hosted by innovation foundation Nesta, and curated by visionaries Pat Kane (musician and writer), Ghislaine Boddington (body technologist), Dr Morgaine Gaye (food futurologist) and Ruth Amos (British entrepreneur and inventor).

World's Best Barman Mr Lyan will craft cocktails of the future.

Get discounted tickets

Weekend and day tickets are available now at futurefest.org. Londonist readers can get 25% off tickets using code LONDONIST_FF16. Follow on Facebook, tweet @futurefest

Last Updated 08 September 2016