Swindon’s Festival of Tomorrow gets boost from Arts Council England

By Anita Jaynes on 8 November, 2022

Swindon’s successful Festival of Tomorrow will be back for its fourth year, after receiving a grant from the Arts Council of England. Thanks to the support, the festival will combine science and the arts, teaming up with artists and Swindon arts organisations to find new ways to help people explore the science, technology and discoveries that will shape the future.

The festival which takes place every February, and will include a dedicated programme for Swindon schools, free half-term activities across town, and a two day hybrid event at The Deanery CE Academy in Wichelstowe on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February.

Rod Hebden, Festival of Tomorrow Director, said, “We’re delighted that Arts Council England are supporting Swindon, by getting behind the festival. The links between science, technology and the arts are greater than the divide between them. Scientists and innovators are naturally creative, and the arts provide a powerful lens to see the world and its possibilities in new ways.”

Ian Larrard, Director at Business West Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative, added, “We’ve been proud to support the Festival of Tomorrow since it launched in 2020, so we’re pleased to see its impact being recognised. Science, arts and culture are critical to the future of Swindon. Innovative and exciting programmes like the Festival of Tomorrow have the potential to drive economic growth and attract great employers and a skilled workforce to the town, so we’d encourage all of Swindon to get behind it!”

Whilst organisers are keeping tight-lipped about what is in store next February, they will have a big job to top the events of the last year, which saw mammoths, robotic dogs, climate scientists and rocket shows for Swindon families to explore.

Organisations including Swindon-based UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK Space Agency, The James Dyson Foundation, and the Science Museum Group and several leading universities will be supporting the festival yet again, with hands-on science, talks, shows and workshops to give people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to share in the latest discoveries and technologies which will help shape our future.

To be the first in line for tickets and to hear the latest announcements, sign up for updates by visiting www.festivaloftomorrow.com