Festival of the Future

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

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We are planning for live, in person events for Festival of the Future from the 12-16 October 2022 including several large-scale events at The Botanic Garden.
The general themes for the festival in 2022 are around shared experiences, connecting with nature, celebrating and protecting our place and improving our health and wellbeing.
When considering the events and activities that are part of Festival of the Future in 2022, we have reflected on our experiences over the last two years, to consider what we have missed, what we have gained and how we can celebrate being together again.

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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: