Festival of Tomorrow organisers want to hear people's ideas

By Barrie Hudson - 27 July 2023


The organisers of Swindon's Festival of Tomorrow want to hear from everybody with a passion for sharing knowledge and sparking curiosity.

As planning gets underway for next February’s action-packed exploration of the wonders of science, innovation and the arts, the team are calling for proposals for ideas for events and activities to form part of the programme. 

Successful proposals will go on to join an illustrious lineup of researchers, industry professionals, artists, writers, charities, academic institutions, businesses and community groups, with organisations including Swindon-based UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), The James Dyson Foundation, Neon Dance and Prime Theatre already confirmed for 2024.

After over 17,000 people took part this year, the organisers plan to make the 2024 Festival even bigger by providing opportunities for a range of ideas from as wide and diverse an audience as possible.

Festivalgoers already enjoy a growing programme of events, displays and activities across town during the February half-term, culminating in a two-day finale event at The Deanery CE Academy in Wichelstowe, and by throwing open the programme to the public, festival organisers hope to share even more. 

Meanwhile, thousands of pupils will once again have the opportunity to take part in an inspiring programme of science and arts activities for Swindon schools.

Festival of Tomorrow Director Rod Hebden said: “We’re looking for events, activities, workshops, performances and art installations that span a diverse range of subjects encompassing science and research in the broadest sense, offering something for everyone, whatever their background and level of interest in science. 

"You don't have to be a science, technology or engineering organisation to get involved.  

"Anyone with a great idea can submit a proposal for a potential event or activity as part of the Festival programme – from individuals and community groups, to artists, performers and academics.” 

The team are also keen to hear from Swindon visitor attractions, community spaces or other local venues who would like to organise or host an event or activities as part of the Festival programme.

More information can be found at www.festivaloftomorrow.com

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