Marking its 20th outing in 2015, FutureEverything return earlier that in previous years with a technology conference and arts festival for Manchester. Bringing members of the artistic, academic and digital communities together to collaborate on future narratives and visions, the idea is to provide a platform to co-create stuff and reflect on digital culture. It’s become known as a place to catch the next big musical and artistic talents too. The conference part is hosted in Manchester’s Town Hall and welcomes speakers including writer and graphic novelist Warren Ellis, award-winning data artist Jer Thorp, Julia Kaganskiy, the director of New Inc at New York’s New Museum, and contemporary artist Paulo Cirio. The festival this year has also announced a partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music – together, the pair will curate a programme of robotic installations, live classical music performances, new commissions and UK premieres. Manchester Wire favourites incluyding Olafur Arnalds, (Thu 26 Feb, RNCM, 8.30pm, £20, tickets), Koreless (listen to the insanely chilled 4D here; Wed 25 Feb, RNCM, time & price TBC) and Ariel Pink (new album, Pom Pom, has garnered extraordinary reviews across the board; Sat 28 Feb, RNCM, 8pm, £15, tickets) area already confirmed for FutureEverything’s Music strand. What’s more, provided with an After Hours Hub at the RNCM, all attendees and performers are able to socialise while eating and drinking in this open-all-night café.
FutureEverything Festival 2015, Wed 25 – Sat 28 Feb 2015, www.futureeverything.org.
Published on: Sun 15 Feb 2015