New Futurism

Our creative learning programme New Futurism seeks to place tools into the hands of our communities to better equip ourselves to face our uncertain future.

New Futurism Ideas Market | 12 August 2017

Call for Arts, Science, Tech, Creative, Educational & Campaigning Organisations

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Disco Loco in the Park

Our free festival of culture for families Disco Loco in the Park is back on 12 August in Springfield Park, Hackney. This year we’re hosting the New Futurism Ideas Market – a unique and innovative ‘trade fair’ hosting stalls by artists, activists, charities… anyone who wants to engage our local community in ideas about future living and future skills.

Perhaps you are experts in problem solving, or you want to share your love of foraging; you might want to teach people life skills like sewing or woodcraft… or you have a creative way to help people understand debt? Maybe you have an imaginative way to address issues such as food or housing. Perhaps you want to tell people your new idea for how our economy should work, or demonstrate a new piece of technology… Whatever your idea or campaign, we’re excited to have this opportunity to connect our communities with your work.

For no cost whatsoever, we’ll supply you a ready made audience of 4-6,000, a beautiful festival site and you’ll get a covered market stall with optional table top, completely free for your organisation to run from 11am-6pm. You’ll also benefit from our full festival marketing campaign going out across Hackney in August and to our 9,000 mailing list and 2,000 social media followers. We also have a modest budget of £50 per organisation to enable smaller organisations to attend.

In return we ask you to offer participatory, interactive stalls that are engaging, proactive and fun – from practical demonstrations to 5 minute workshops, from competitions to mini performances – whatever you think will  really draw in the public.

Check our short film of last year’s festival – you’ll see Take Back the City, Chipper and Kiddesign at our first ever Ideas Market there.

If you’d be interested in getting involved then we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch –

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming projects including People’s PPE (Spring 2018) and also check out Futureheads summer camp (August 2017).

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