Futuresonic/FutureEverything is an annual groundbreaking four day festival of arts, music and events wrapped around the crucible of the Futuresonic Social Technologies Summit. Manchester 13-16 May 2009
The UK’s leading festival for digital culture,
celebrated worldwide, and based in
Our mission is to position Manchester as a
bright, contemporary, ultra-modern place of
FutureEverything was nominated for the
prestigious Lever Prize 2009, and the
Director, Drew Hemment, received an
Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica 2008.
3 days and nights
What is it like?
It is an urban festival of art, music and ideas
The world renowned Art strand presents
astonishing artworks, including many world
ﬁrsts. Themes include society, technology
and the city plus this year Environment 2.0.
The festival takes over the ﬁnest venues in
Manchester for a celebration of musicianship
and a salute to those who perform on the
cutting-edge. It encompasses many genres
and spans generations, with a focus on the
white heat of tomorrow.
The Social Technologies Summit is a leading
international conference that explores the latest
upgrade affecting today's digital culture. It
presents pioneering ideas, which will transform
the way you and your organisation operate,
innovate and interact.
Why did we start it?
Because we couldn’t live without it.
It is creatively driven, artist led.
Why in Manchester?
The festival has deep roots, and has been
shaped by and shapes the city of Manchester.
If Original Modern is about quot;the now,quot;
Futuresonic is about quot;the next thing.quot;
Last year it attracted an audience in excess of
50,000 people and its acclaimed conference,
the Social Technologies Summit, attracted
900 people over three days, with 22% of
delegates from outside the UK.
51,000 people in 2008
53% were aged 16 - 24
5.5% of audience international
51.5% from outside Greater Manchester
(based on sample)
£26 million (IPBC)
On the opening day of Futuresonic in 2007
there were only two items on regional TV
news, Tony Blair's resignation and the
Festivals have a disproportionate impact
because they are the occasions when
creatives and technology companies launch
new updates and have maximum visibility.
An international community
The festival is a destination for a world-wide
community of creative visionaries in digital
art and contemporary culture.
At Futuresonic everyone is a participant.
Rapid prototyping future culture
It is the only festival in the world conceived
as an accelerator and rapid prototyper for
future culture. It creates a space where new
ideas, technologies and forms of culture
can be tested and presented.
Futuresonic presented in 2006 the ﬁrst fully
realised live show using the TENORI-ON by
Yamaha and Toshio Iwai. It was so successful
that it led Yamaha to stage the worldwide
launch exclusively in Manchester and London
in partnership with Futuresonic.
Futuresonic presented the ﬁrst major art
exhibition worldwide on mobile and locative
media (Mobile Connections, 2004) and the
ﬁrst major art exhibition on social networking
(Social Networking Unplugged, 2008).
Relationship to creative economy
It is an international hub for Manchester
and the region, drawing visitors, inward
investment and opportunities for local
talent on a global stage.
The festival is embedded in university
research, and is increasingly embedded in
business networks and support, so that
there is seamless transition between the
inspiration space of the conference and
year-round support and engagement.
Existing International Market
Dr. Drew Hemment
Founder and Director
His work covered prominently by New York Times,
BBC and NBC, awarded an Honorary Mention at
Prix Ars Electronica 2008. A leading ﬁgure in the
ﬁelds of Social Technologies and Locative Media.
Associate Director of ImaginationLancaster rated
4th in the UK in Art and Design.
In 2010 Futuresonic will return as FutureEverything
With thanks to
FutureEverything has been awarded Pillar Status by
Manchester City Council, Regularly Funded Organisation
(RFO) status by Arts Council England, and three year funding
by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Thank you to all the partners, funders, supporters and
participants, without you the event would not be possible.