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

27 September, 2018

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

Regent’s Place, the busy work and social hub located between King’s Cross and Regent’s Park, will transform 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 Universal Music, Central Saint Martins, The Institute of Physics, Wellcome Collection and the Crafts Council to capture visitors’ imagination and inspire ideas on sustainability and wellbeing.

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. 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 protocols to grow new materials by Professor Carole Collet (Director of Sustainability at Central Saint Martins and LVMH)
TRANSNETan immersive digital installation showcasing the use of data science in urban planning, by Dr Scott Hale (the Alan Turing Institute and Oxford Internet Institute) and Duffy Jie Lin (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science student)
DiscoMAKEan all making, all dancing extravaganza! Guests will have the opportunity to upcycle and repair secondhand and unsold clothes to make something to wear forever with MA Fashion student Matthew Needham.

The event includes an exhibition of new wave designers who are shaping the future of fashion.

A series of ‘Tea + Talking’ events will take place at Thought Fest where experts from a range of fields will meet to discuss the thought provoking issues of today.
Festival goers will be invited to join in the conversations which will take place within Seed Pods (pop up egg shaped structures located on the Regent’s Place campus).

Experts will include Karen Simmonds, Head of ‘Team Green’ at Universal Music; Thomas Fletcher, founder of juice company Rejuce and Bee Farrell, a cultural food specialist and co-founder of the Anthropologists of Eating.
Additional activities for visitors will include:
● A physics pub quiz hosted by Dr Tim Walton, a member of The Institute of Physics at the Union bar
● Live performances from The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Poet in the City
● Singing for wellbeing workshops where participants will take part in experiential sessions to explore how breathing, melodies, lyrics and harmonies can enhance health, with the Recovery College at Camden, Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Mind in Camden
● 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
● Interactive experiments from The Institute of Physics and The Francis Crick Institute Other partners taking part in Thought Fest will include: the Crafts Council, In2Science, Wellcome Collection, London School of Business and Management, City University of London, the Jewish Museum, Regent High School, Arts Catalyst, Humanists UK, British Library, Bennetts Associates, The Place 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 artefacts 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.”

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. For more information and to plan your visit to Thought Fest, please visit the Regent’s Place website: 


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