FUTUREPERFECT, The Scandinavian Festival of New Sustainable Living, 28–31 July 2011, Karlstad, Sweden

Pressmeddelande   •   Jun 01, 2011 08:36 CEST

FUTUREPERFECT, The Scandinavian Festival of New Sustainable Living, 28–31 July 2011, Karlstad, Sweden

FUTUREPERFECT FESTIVAL, 28–31 July 2011, relaunches the sustainability movement with fresh and focussed celebration of positive potential.

Futureperfect welcomes Titiyo, John Thackara, Carolyn Steel, a range of previous TED speakers, and many other stars from music, art, and sustainable design to showcase the present and future of good living in a brand new festival setting, supported by Karlstads Kommun.

This is the first festival of sustainable living of its kind in Europe aimed at the general public and new generations of socially-engaged professionals, rather than campaigners. - And for the first time in a festival context; forums, seminars, hands-on workshops, all give inspiration – in which music, art, film and more creates an exciting, experiential environment. 

Musical headlines include Titiyo, Goran Kajfeš, Wendy Mcniell, Parken, Jennie Abrahamson, Loney Dear, Asha Ali, Bob Hansson and many more bands from Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere. Among other acts Futureperfect welcomes Norway's Sandra Kolstad and from Denmark, The Romanian Empire.

Futureperfect, The Scandinavian Festival of New Sustainable Living, set to take place in Molkom, near Karlstad, Sweden 28-31 July, presents the first edition of its program today. It offers a whole new way to experience the positive potentials of sustainable living, everyday.

The speakers are pioneers in new ways to think and live, many previously featured at TED conferences, and include John Thackara (FR, Doors of Perception), Carolyn Steel (UK, The Hungry City), Maria Westerberg (SE, furniture designer), Thomas Melin (Kenya, UN Habitat), Cheryl Hicks (DE, UN Environment Programme), John Manoochehri (SE, architecture).

“Futureperfect is spot on what’s needed now. People want a place to meet, get motitvated and inspired by each other. A place where we all can get more knowledgeable, discuss burning topics as well as act", says co-curator Johan Rutherhagen from the artists collective No More Lullabies. "The amazing artists from No More Lullabies initiative, a movement started by Ane Brun, will be there, sharing their take on what's happening in our world." Futureperfect is the environment in which culture and arts come alive. The No More Lullabies are not campaigners, they are motivators, and Futureperfect is the totally fresh space for their voicess.

 Nina Jensen, Futureperfect co-designer, who created the world’s first carbon-neutral music festival, says “Futureperfect is one, big, step beyond reducing negative impacts. It’s about creating the opportunity for people to find and create a truly positive way forward.”

The topics range across nature conservation, food, globalisation, education, architecure, urbanism and design, and much more. The format of exploration is discussion-based forums and seminars and hands-on workshops including cooking, design tools, gardening and activism. The event includes ‘CoCreation’ program designed to enable collaboration, innovation and project-development during the event itself. There is also a special program just for kids, called Small Planet!

John Manoochehri, Resource Vision architect and lecturer at KTH Architecture, founded Futureperfect: “It’s time to live. The sustainability agenda is about great potential, not about danger. This festival, and the Futureperfect concept, is an opportunity for everyone to have their own adventure in living really well, and breaks out of the negativity and the politics-as-usual. No guilt, no greenwashing. That’s the idea.”

Resource Vision architecture and urban design studio (Stockholm) is making Futureperfect happen in partnership with: 

Karlstads Kommun
U.S. Embassy, Sweden
Region Värmland
CO2PENHAGEN Festival (Copenhagen)
No More Lullabies (Sweden)
RUM Magazine (Stockholm)
Camino Magazine (Gothenburg)
Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art (Trondheim)
and more. At the centre is Karlstads Kommun.  

For more information, contact John Manoochehri on +46 8 5197 2471, info@futureperfect.se.
Full information and media kits visit www.futureperfect.se.

Futureperfect is an adventure in living well.