It’s two weeks until FutureEverything 2016, and we’re delighted to announce the final parts of our programme!

We have just a few tickets left, so grab yours while you can!

Opening our festival is Claire Braithwaite Tech Advisor for Manchester Growth Company, previously the first Head of Tech North, a government initiative to accelerate the growth of Northern England’s digital economy.

Closing this year’s festival is the inimitable Lemn Sissay MBE (pictured above), official poet for the London Olympics and associate artist of the Southbank Centre. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London, in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park.

We’re also pleased to announce yet more speakers to the FutureEverything conference, speculative designer David Benque, food sustainability and security expert Kirsty Lewis, and Maita Fernandez-Arnesto from UN Habitat. They join, among others, Turner prize winners Assemble, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Darius Kazemi, Addie Wagenknecht, Charlie Winter and Gazelle Twin.

We’ve just released details on our launch night on Wednesday 30 March, including an exclusive preview of Smoke Signals with an introduction by artist Ed Carter, and a late night party at Texture with Mat Steel from SND, Emmanuel Biard, Memo Akten and Shelly Knotts and more TBC.

We’re delighted to announce a collaboration with Raspberry Pi as part of the Curious Minds Cultural Expo at The Whitworth on Thursday 31st March. Join us for the Young Creative Technologists Teach the Teachers workshops, open to all, sign up here. Interested in how technology can inform your creative curriculum and cultural education programme? Learn from those who really know.

Keep an eye out on your inbox as we’ll be releasing our final batch of tickets for Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come – An audiovisual performance for two vocalists at Manchester Art Gallery next week. Full Festival Pass holder? Don’t worry, it’s included!

See you in two weeks!