Creating Real Utopias in the 21st Century


21 May 2016 to 22 May 2016
Watershed; 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX,

A two day festival in partnership with the University of Bristol’s Anticipation Research Group and the Festival of Ideas

We ask how do we create utopia in the twenty-first century? What can past examples of utopian thinking – in Bristol and elsewhere, in reality and on the screen – teach us about utopia now and for the future? Who decides what a good utopia might be? What can technology offer? Does the threat  of climate change make new utopias possible?


Saturday 21st May

10.00 – 11.30 – Utopian Cities – learning from the ruins

12.15 – 13.45 – Climate Utopias & Dystopias

14.30 – 16.00 – Making Utopias Workshop

17.00 – 18.30 – Sex robots & Utopian Fantasies

19.30 – 21.00 – Everyday Utopias, Davina Cooper

Sunday 22nd May

11.00-13.30 – Screen Utopias


All events are free to attend but registration is required, register and find out more about the events here: