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Curious? Futures

The free festival of knowledge and learning

Saturday 23rd July 10am-6pm, the festival that fuses science, art and culture comes to King’s Cross. Prepare for a day of mind-expanding, future-focused fun.

Curious? Futures is powered by the Knowledge Quarter. All events are completely free, explore the programme and get curious.

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Science Buskers

Science Buskers

Presented by The Crick

Meet the Crick’s Science Buskers as they rove around the festival, be amazed by science-inspired tricks and games, and find out more about the Crick’s research into neuroscience, the immune system and much more.

12-2pm, 2-4pm All
Alula Cyr

Alula Cyr

Presented by THE PLACE

Roll up! Incredible feats of gymnastics performed by cyr wheel artists, Alula – three very strong and very entertaining young women!

11.30-11.45am, 1.30-1.45pm, 3-3.15pm All Location: The Crossing
Exploring Infinity: Map to Quantum Physics

Exploring Infinity: Map to Quantum Physics

Presented by Central Saint Martins and Institute of Physics

The worlds of art and physics collide as Central Saint Martins meets the Institute of Physics. Pioneering research in quantum physics is presented in a different light in this immersive, interactive installation.

All day All Location: The Crossing
60+ Stops

60+ Stops

Presented by The Place and Artstrust Productions and commissioned by The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership 

The pop up performance by choreographer Bim Malcolmson that challenges perceptions of older people.

3-3.15pm, 4.15-4.30pm, 4.50-5pm All Location: Granary Square
Running Wild

Running Wild

Presented by The Place and Artstrust Productions. Commissioned by The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership.

The year is 2242, and the earth is a barren wasteland. The only nature left is housed in government-controlled domes. This apocalyptic show, by Darren Ellis Dance in partnership with Greenwich Dance follows a group of rouge scientists who fight to save these precious spaces in a performance that fuses technology, music and dance.

12-12.20pm, 1.15-1.35pm, 4.30-4.50pm All Location: Granary Square
The Future of the Brain

The Future of the Brain

Presented by PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, BIRKBECK COLLEGE
An exploration of the future of the brain. Neuroscience, advances in genetics and neuroimaging techniques are all covered in this exhibition with discussions hosted by the Psychology Department from Birkbeck College.

All day All Location: The Crossing
Curious Flag

Curious Flag

Presented by THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM / Central Saint Martins

Stamp your message for the future on a ribbon and be part of making the Curious Flag – a tribute to the future hopes of the local community. The flag is inspired by the ribbon tokens that mothers left with their babies at the Foundling Hospital.

Location: Interactive Zone

All day All
The Future of Medicine

The Future of Medicine

Presented by WELLCOME TRUST

This thought-provoking, hands on exhibition asks us to think critically about medicine and its role in our lives, now and in the future. Featuring interactive samples from the Wellcome Collection.

Location: Interactive Zone

All day All
Art and the Machine

Art and the Machine

Presented by Poet In The City, SOAS and London Sinfonietta

Throughout history, technology has redefined our experience as humans, enhancing, manipulating and steering the world in new directions. With Silicon Valley hiring poets and artists to help develop its Artificial Intelligence, the question of technology and culture impacting on each other has never been acute. Join Angus Lockyer, Professor Jackie Hunter, poet Siddhartha Bose and the London Sinfonietta to question and celebrate the future of the human and technology. Featuring a special performance of Steve Reich’s Different Trains and Siddhartha Bose’s Digital Monsoon.

Location: Inspiration Space at Granary Square

5-6pm All
Future Careers / Biosciences

Future Careers / Biosciences

Presented by Royal Veterinary College

If you’ve ever been curious about a career in biosciences, then this is the place to find out what it might mean.

Location: Interactive Zone

10am-6pm Family friendly
Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits

Presented by the Institute of Physics

A fun workshop looking at all things electric. Make circuits out of conductive playdough, find out about conductors, insulators, and electricity.

Location: Interactive Zone

 

11.30am-12pm, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm, 3-3.30pm Family friendly
Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups

Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups

Presented by The Place and Artstrust Productions

The cats and pups in the title need your help to navigate their way through AnimaLand. A high-energy storytelling adventure – by Maxwell Golden and Mr Dane – where beatbox, rap and graffiti come together, and audience participation is all part of the fun.

Location: Interactive Zone

12.30-1.15pm, 3.30-4.15pm Family friendly
How to Change the World

How to Change the World

Presented by The School of Life

“Everybody wants to change the world”. The School of life looks at this grand, but very normal ambition, and examines how each one of us can overcome inertia to make meaningful change happen. Places are limited. Book your FREE ticket here.

Location: Live from the Thinking Space Marquee at Granary Square

11.30am-12.30pm All
The Future of Opera

The Future of Opera

Presented TÊTE À TÊTE

A TED-style talk where Artistic Director of Tête à Tête, Bill Bankes-Jones sets out his vision for the future of opera.

Location: Live from the Thinking Space Marquee at Granary Square

1.45-2pm All
Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Text and Scholarship

Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Text and Scholarship

Presented by University of London and Senate House library

It’s the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and we are still discovering new and engaging ways to interpret  his work. This short film features actor Paterson Joseph and various Shakespeare experts.

Location: Live from the Thinking Space Marquee at Granary Square

2.30-2.50pm All
Doctors of the Future

Doctors of the Future

Presented by Royal College of Physicians

The way we approach health and healthcare is changing rapidly. Instant access to information and personal data means patients and doctors have more knowledge than ever before. This talk will question whether doctors are keeping up with the rapid explosion of innovative digital healthcare and empowered patients.

Speaker: Dr Mohsin Choudry
Location: Live from the Thinking Space Marquee at Granary Square

3-3.15pm All
Elastic System: How to Judge a Book by its Cover

Elastic System: How to Judge a Book by its Cover

Presented by the British Library 

Is it possible to use new technologies to restore the ability to visually browse huge library collections instead of typing text into search engines? Can we find other ways to “discover” items without having to already know what we’re looking for? The British Library’s artist-in-residence Richard Wright presents a work-in progress based on research into how to make art out of the library’s own internal databases and digital networks.

Location: Live from the Thinking Space Marquee at Granary Square

3.15-3.30pm All
Diamond Light Source

Diamond Light Source

Presented by the Wellcome Trust

Find out about synchrotron science and how intense beams of light are used to view the structure and properties of all kinds of things – helping scientists to make ground-breaking discoveries. Three photography based interactive activities.

Location: The Crossing, Granary Building

All Dy All
SOAS Cuban Band

SOAS Cuban Band

Presented by SOAS

Enjoy the SOAS Cuban Band with their entertaining Latin rhythms.

Location: Granary Square

11-11.30am, 2-2.30pm All
One Arm Length and a Bit

One Arm Length and a Bit

Presented by The Place and Artstrust Productions. Commissioned by The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership 

This piece, by Bim Malcomson, is inspired by comical characters sharing a bench at a bus stop. Someone is trying to find the ‘perfect spot’ to sit down but their efforts are interrupted by the arrival of another person at the bus stop. The situation unfolds as both parties feel they want to sit in the same spot but only one person can sit there. On this basis their interaction unfolds…

12.20-12.30, 1.35-1.45pm All
German Wines Tasting Experience

German Wines Tasting Experience

Presented by the German Gymnasium

Become a wine expert and learn about (and taste) delicious wines. The team from the German Gymnasium will guide you through this fun wine tasting session. Book your FREE ticket here.

Location: German Gymnasium, King’s Boulevard

1-2pm, 2-3pm, 4-5pm All
Pop Up Futures

Pop Up Futures

Presented by the House of Illustration

Inspired by 1950s sci-fi and children’s illustrations depicting the future, this workshop will explore what our homes, schools and living spaces will look like in 50 years’ time.

Location: Interactive Zone

All day All
King’s Cross Island

King’s Cross Island

Presented by the House of Illustration

Make a giant map of King’s Cross estate and populate with buildings and inhabitants of the future.

Location: Interactive Zone

All day All

"Living Knowledge Network" talk

Presented by the British Library

British Library’s ‘Living Knowledge Network’ is a new strategic partnership with public libraries pan-uk which is in the process of forming and shows the future for UK libraries.

Speaker: Ella Snell

Location: The Crossing

11:00-11:15 am All
“The Future of Membership Experience” Talk

“The Future of Membership Experience” Talk

Presented by

Talk on how the demographics of the RCGP membership have changed, how the commercial sector have moved from customer service to customer experience, and the importance of moving from a transactional relationship to an emotional one.

Speaker: James Roberts

Location: The Crossing

11:15-11:30 All
Virtual_Needs_Reality

Virtual_Needs_Reality

Central Saint Martins, Code Club and Raspberry Pi

Try your hand at coding, see the work of young people on virtual reality sets and understand the process of creating software in this interactive exhibition.

Location: The Crossing, Granary Building

10am-6pm Family friendly