Thought Fest! Presented by Regent’s Place and The Knowledge Quarter

Thought Fest, by Produce UK at Regent's Place

A Week Long Free Festival of Interactive Experiences Exploring Sustainability, Wellbeing, Technology and The Future This October

Regent’s Place, the busy work and social hub located between King’s Cross and Regent’s Park, will be transformed by Produce UK into a giant ideas lab for Thought Fest – a week of unique collaborations and interactive experiences in collaboration with London’s Knowledge Quarter; a partnership of organisations within a one-mile radius comprising of King’s Cross, Bloomsbury and Euston.

Running from 1st-6th October, Thought Fest will unite some of the globe’s most innovative and forward thinking institutions, including Central Saint Martins, The Institute of Physics, the Wellcome Collection and the Crafts Council to capture visitors’ imagination and inspire ideas on sustainability and wellbeing.

Regent’s Place is a 13-acre mixed-use campus located where the Knowledge Quarter meets the West End, in close proximity to Great Portland Street and Warren Street tube stations. The vision for Regent’s Place is to become London’s most inclusive and sustainable campus, at the heart of a diverse community.

The Knowledge Quarter brings together over 93 cultural, scientific, business and academic institutions under one umbrella where resources ranging from the earliest books to the latest creative designs can be found. Thought Fest will act as a platform for experts from these different fields, colliding ideas, and bring to life an array of pioneering projects across science, technology, art and design that are working towards building a better future. Visitors will be able to get under the skin of complex and brilliant ideas whilst enjoying live music and good mood food and drink.

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Students and staff from globally renowned art and design school, Central Saint Martins, will present a range of activities including:

● THE MAKING OF KNOWLEDGE – A talk about intersecting design processes and biology to grow new materials by Professor Carole Collet (Director of Sustainability at Central Saint Martins and LVMH)

●  TRANSNET – Dr Scott Hale from the Alan Turing Institute and Oxford Internet Institute have collaborated with Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science student, Duffy Jie Lin for Thought Fest. Their work, inspired by ‘Transnet’ is an immersive digital installation that seeks to optimise urban planning using data science.

●  DiscoMAKE – with MA Fashion student Matthew Needham. The DiscoMAKE is an all making, all dancing extravaganza – your opportunity to up cycle and repair secondhand and unsold garments to make something you want to wear forever.

Additional activities for visitors will include:

●  Interactive experiments from The Institute of Physics and The Francis Crick Institute

●  Live performances from The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Poet in the City

●  Singing for wellbeing workshops with the Recovery College at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Mind in Camden where participants will take part in experiential sessions to explore how breathing, melodies, lyrics and harmonies can enhance health

●  Wellbeing walks by Camden Tour Guides Association to explore the local area

●  Talks on London Women pioneers with the Senate House Library at University of London, and animal wellbeing with the Royal Veterinary College

Other partners taking part in Thought Fest will include: the Crafts Council, In2Science, the Wellcome Collection, London School of Business and Management, City University of London, the Jewish Museum, Regent High School, Arts Catalyst, Humanists UK and New London Architecture.

Knowledge Quarter CEO Jodie Eastwood says:

“Some of the most exciting organisations in the world are in the Knowledge Quarter and the wealth of knowledge that resides within it is staggering. From some of the most ancient artifacts to the newest technologies in science and medicine. Thought Fest is an extraordinary opportunity to bring these organisations together and share their knowledge to Londoners in an unforgettable way. It’s a week not to be missed.”

For more information and to plan your visit to Thought Fest, please visit the Regent’s Place website: http://www.regentsplace.com/thoughtfest

 

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