City Now City Future

May 2017 - April 2018

What does it mean to live in a truly global city?

In our first ever season we invite visitors to join a conversation about the past, present and future of our cities.

From May 2017 to April 2018, we will run a major programme of exhibitions, creative commissions, large-scale public events, talks and debates inviting you to participate in shaping your city.

Working with artists, thinkers, communities and young people, City Now City Future will explore the issues that matter to Londoners today. As we look to move to West Smithfield by 2022, we’re thinking hard about what a museum for London should be, including what the future could look like for London and its residents, and we’re inviting everyone to join the conversation.

Group of adults and children looking at digital display

City Now City Future will be the museum's first ever season

Activities will include a family festival and young peoples' strand.

The Season

The City Now City Future season will be split into four waves:

    Launch: (mid-May 2017 to mid-July 2017) – The season opens with a new space for digital commissions and a video piece by Blast Theory. This piece made in London, about London takes visitors on a journey through a city which is both familiar but strangely alien, posing questions to them about the future.
    Playing the City: (mid-July 2017 to end of August 2017) – during the summer months explore the city in a playful way at our major family festival; walks, debates and monthly salons.

    Doing it Ourselves: (September 2017– December 2017) – Explore London’s alternatives cultures, celebrate city residents’ ‘do it yourself’ attitude and community actions. Key activities will include an Open Weekender and the launch of a young peoples’ strand for the season, including research clubs and a young ambassador programme.

    London Visions: (Jan 2018 - April 2018) – the last and final phase of the season will imagine the future of architecture, politics and technologies in cities and explore what London could look like in 50 or 100 years.

Exhibition: The City is Ours

Created by the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris, this interactive dual language exhibition, spread across three of the museum’s galleries, focuses on how urban cities around the world are rapidly evolving, affecting everything from our leisure activities, work life and transport to how we manage urban green spaces and data. It explores the ideas and innovations being developed by urban communities to improve how cities work and people’s experience of living in them.
Free, opens July 2017.

More information on the season and the free exhibition will be announced over the coming months.

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