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FutureEverything at Distractions (Symposium)

Thu 18th July, 9am–5pm

Innovation, revolution and the future of entertainment
Tech. Music. Creativity. Summit & Showcase.

The Shed, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester St, Manchester, M1 5GD

For our part in Distractions, the three-day summit that debates the future of entertainment, FutureEverything presents a day-long symposium on 18 July that asks:

What happens when we work together to imagine, build and test ideas for collective futures?

FutureEverything at Distractions will kickstart the three-day summit by bringing artists, makers and industry together with the people of Greater Manchester to connect their ideas for the future. Through the demonstration of innovation, collaboration and debate, together we will showcase Greater Manchester as a pioneering, global test-bed in digital leadership.

Join us for a day of inspiring discussions, creative thinking and hands-on prototyping alongside future leaders and creative practitioners working across art, digital culture and technology.

We’ll conclude with a showcase of prototypes created during a rapid prototyping event run in parallel with this symposium, followed by a short creative summary of the day’s activities. You can then join us as we visit a new artwork, ‘Invisible Faith’ by artist Jiayu Liu, commissioned by OPPO, a leading global smart device brand.

FutureEverything at Distractions will bring people together to understand, imagine and invent a rich digital culture and ecosystem for Greater Manchester and beyond. The event is supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Manchester Metropolitan University, CISCO and other partners tbc.


Our event is part of Distractions, a long weekend of debates, talks, panels, content and new music showcases with some of the world’s leading tech companies, artists and producers. Presented by Manchester International Festival, Sound City and FutureEverything, developed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, find out what else is on during Distractions.