Festival of the Future

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

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.

Learn more about Festival of the Future

Botanic Garden

There will be free access for all to the Botanic Garden from 12 - 16 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. There is a coffee shop on the premises or you can bring your own picnic to eat in the garden.

Car parking is limited at the Botanic Garden. You can find bus information from Xplore Dundee to help plan your journey and arrive 10 minutes before the activity is due to start.

We will also provide transport from Dundee City Centre for the Over the Garden Wall events. Please indicate when booking if you would like to take advantage of the free transport provided.

Gather Space activities

Festival of the Future are reaching out into the city and taking over the Gather Space in Overgate Dundee from 12 to 14 October.

Gather is a dedicated space within Overgate in the heart of Dundee for the community to host and attend events.

You’ll find us in Gather on the upper floor concourse across from Millie’s Cookies from 10:30 to 12:30 each day so please drop in and hear from academics and researchers and take part in some fascinating activities that will illustrate some of the fantastic research that goes on at the university.

There will also be several bookable workshops available in the afternoons from 13.00. All activity is free at Gather. No need to book for the Drop- In sessions but the workshops must be booked to secure your place.

Help with the cost of tickets

  • We can offer support towards the cost of tickets for people in Dundee. Email Shabnam Wasim for further information.

Book your place 

  • For all activities, apart from Drop-In activities, you will need to register to book a place.
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the activity is due to start.

Outdoor events

  • Some of our activities will be outdoors. We encourage you to wear warm, waterproof clothing and suitable outdoor footwear.

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