If we could create a better world, what would it look like? How do we go about making it?
A Future Fantastic was a festival of protest, performance and utopia-building. We invited audiences to imagine, and start making a world which looks closer to paradise than apocalypse.
A Future Fantastic took its inspiration from the utopian ambitions of John Ruskin, a revolutionary of the Victorian age, who dared to imagine how we might create a society, not built on profit and careless consumption but on meaningful work, an appreciation of the natural world and art, and most importantly, happiness.
Today, climate change and conflict loom large, and 200 years on from his birth, Ruskin’s ideas are more important than ever. Bringing artists, activists, academics and audiences
together, A Future Fantastic explored what utopia might look like now, and how we might get there.
The festival included an early version of The People’s Palace of Possibility – a performance installation by The Bare Project. Other events included, 600 People by Third Angel, Imagining the Future of Work with Sarah Woods and a specially created circus performance from GreenTop Circus.
Festival Director: Malaika Cunningham
Programme Director: Ruth Nutter
Producer: Hannah Woods
Illustrations: Anna Forlati
A Future Fantastic Festival was created in collaboration with Ruskin in Sheffield, The Guild of Saint George, The Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, Theatre Delicatessen and The Guild of St George. With special thanks to The JG Graves Trust.