WE ARE VERY SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE EVOLVING SITUATION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19.
WE HOPE TO POSTONE THE FESTIVAL TO THE AUTUMN AND WE WILL UPDATE WITH A NEW DATE AS SOON AS WE CAN.
We are delighted to announce the Iris Festival of the Future on 25th March, 2020.
This will be a large community event celebrating our Future Season at the Rumble Museum, which explores a range of exciting technologies and themes, and ancient and modern ideas about the future. A full brochure can be downloaded here.
There will be several discovery zones including: Classics and Archaeology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Architecture and Design, Environment, and Science Fiction. Each zone will contain activities, stalls, exhibitions, workshops, and a wide range of visiting museums with artefacts to handle and explore. There will be robot shows throughout the event, a driverless car, dance performances, and a cafe serving refreshments and hot and cold drinks.
The event will include expert talks as well as a wide range of stalls, activities and exhibitions. Visitors will be able to follow an exciting new model Robot Trail as they explore the site, with each discovery zone containing striking decorations, workshops, stalls, performances and activities themed on different aspects of future technology, ancient and modern ideas, and museum learning.
The stalls, activities and exhibitions run from 3.30 until 6pm. It is free and caters for all ages. Primary and secondary school groups are warmly welcome.
The following talks will also take place throughout the afternoon and evening:
3.30 – 4.15pm – Professor Robert Winston
4.30 – 5pm – Saadia Gardezi, co-founder of Project Dastaan
5.15 – 5.45pm – Sophie Hackford, futurist
6 – 6.45pm – Mark Stevenson, futurist, author and entrepreneur