Fancy a two-day trip into the future? Entering its second year,
FutureFest seeks to take participants on that very journey with a
weekend of immersive experiences, installations, exhibits and
performances paired with a long list of compelling guest speakers -
all brought together with a common goal - to ask what our world
might look like in the coming years.
Created by British charity Nesta (whose mission is to help
people and organisations bring great ideas to life) and hosted from
March 14-15 at Vinopolis near London Bridge, the aim is not
didactic but inquisitive. A compass for what's to come whether it
be democracy, money, music, thrills or machines.
Have you ever wondered if a muddled mojito or chilled Bellini
could provide all of your daily nutritional needs? Award-winning Mr
Lyan mixologists Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffith have, and
they're presenting a workshop on the subject, entitled "Stay
Healthy: Drink Alcohol: Cocktails of the Future". Elsewhere
journalist and author of The Heretic's Guide to Global
Finance: Hacking the Future of Money Brett Scott is part
of a panel on "How Encryption Will Shape the Economics and Politics
of the Future". While funk and soul musician George Clinton,
front-man of Parliament & Funkadelic will be taking audiences
on a guided multi-media tour of his radical career.
The highlight of this year's event is undeniably the live video
linkup with former NSA contractor, the intrepid Edward Snowden.
Dialing in from (an undisclosed area of) Russia where the
whistleblower currently lives, after being granted a three-year
residence permit this summer, he remains one of the most enigmatic
figures of our generation, and the subject of Laura Poitras's
pointed BAFTA- winning and Oscar-nominated
You might not like everything, you certainly might not agree
with everything, but you will be left with dinner-party arsenal for
week's to come after dipping your toe into the future.
By Bridget Arsenault
Day tickets, £50. Weekend pass, £80.
To book tickets, please visit http://futurefest.org/
FutureFest offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the
chance to win two pairs of weekend passes to attend FutureFest,
14th-15th March (worth £160 per pair). Don't
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