Festival of the Future

Our flagship festival programme that celebrates and enhances collaboration between science, art, and culture.

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Welcome to the 4th edition of Festival of the Future from the University of Dundee.

Festival of the Future is the University of Dundee’s flagship festival programme that celebrates and enhances collaboration between science, arts and culture.

Our festival this year is all about sharing experiences, connecting with nature, health and wellbeing and celebrating and protecting our spaces and places.

During the festival you will be able to experience the sensations of forest bathing, design and build your own mini garden, top up your happiness supplies and explore the tranquil and natural spaces that we have right here on our very own doorstep.

We have put together an action-packed programme with exciting activities for families and people of allages, all developed here within the University and with our partners around the city and further afield. Walks, talks, workshops, exhibitions, performances - you’ll find all the relevant information about these festival events below.

There will also be free access for all to The Botanic Garden from 12th – 16th October where you can

wander and explore the garden’s exquisite collection of conifers, broad-leaved trees and shrubs, tropical and temperate glasshouses, water garden and herb garden.

A highlight of the festival this year will be Over the Garden Wall, our promenade performance experience inspired by Dundee’s Botanic Gardens, is not to be missed. You will literally see the gardens in a whole new light.

This is the first year, post covid, that the festival will be enjoyed again in person. We will be doing everything we can to keep you safe at these events and we are very much looking forward to seeing you at some point during the festival.

Emma Preston
Festival Manager

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Festival of the Future COP26 Seminar Series

In 2021 as part of Festival of the Future we ran a series of online events in the lead up to COP26. This was an exciting virtual seminar series that grappled with some of the key issues around water, food, energy and creativity from a range of expertise and perspectives.

The seminar series explored the inter-relationships between climate change and three fundamental pillars of sustainability - Water, Food and Energy as well as connecting the power of the arts to enhance our understanding of climate change. Each seminar had speakers from the University of Dundee, as well as guests speakers from other organisations and audience participation where challenges and solutions concerning social and environmental sustainability threatened by a changing climate were discussed and debated. Here are the recordings of some of these events: