I was excited to hear of your event, while I am unable to attend due to being in production on my next film, I’d like to wish you and your students all the best for your festival.
Best wishes, Christopher Nolan - Film Director, Interstellar, Inception and the Batman Trilogy


“As society grapples with increasingly complex ethical and social issues raised by technological progress, it has never been more urgent to discuss serious ideas publically, frankly and in the spirit of intellectual inquiry. As an organisation committed to shaping the future through debate, the Institute of Ideas is delighted to encourage and endorse initiatives such as ArtsFest”
Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas
Patron: Dame Judi Dench


ArtsFest 27-29 June 2016
ArtsFest 16 will explore the human species' relationship with the universe.
This year’s ArtsFest is inspired by the ground-breaking work of Professor Stephen Hawking, the visionary ideals of the Breakthrough Foundation and Christopher Nolan’s seminal film Interstellar. We shall endeavour to understand and challenge our place in the universe by collaborating with the country’s leading arts organisations and scientists over a three-day festival.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their skills as young artists and scientists.  We will connect creativity and scientific enquiry in one breath, whether it be grappling with the conflict between quantum physics and relativity, imagining the possibility of black holes or reflecting on how our actions create alternative realties in space and time.
ArtsFest 16 will offer a diverse range of opportunities, including drop-in workshops, three-day residencies, Frontiers Talks and evening events culminating in an extraordinary piece of collaborative work to mark the end of the festival - LIFTOFF.

Thanks to our Partners:

AtomAtom Pictures is delighted to support ArtsFest 16 and is proud to be the producer of the events promotional video. We are also very excited about working with the pupils of Ardingly College and are running a workshop during the festival.
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Central Sussex College

Institute of Ideas


Ticket Information

ArtsFest 16 welcomes parents, friends and the general public who are interested in discovering what we are doing over the three days.

The Festival Pass Standard will enable you to access all events, talks and performances over the three days for the duration of the festival. The pass costs £10.00 per adult. You can either pay on the door or have the cost added to your bill.

The Festival Pass Free is for all concessions – under 18, unemployed, senior or retired.

The Festival Gold – The cost of this ticket will contribute to supporting the salaries of our young workshop leaders from Central Sussex College who are delivering several of the drop-in sessions this year. ArtsFest provides them with the opportunity to develop their professional skills whilst increasing their opportunity for future employment in an increasingly harsh jobs market. The ticket also includes:

  • Two Festival Passes
  • Allocated seating for the final performance
  • Champagne reception during LIFTOFF
  • Your name in our list of ArtsFest Supporters (website/programme) at your discretion

The cost for the Gold pass is £75 and can be added to your bill or paid on the door.

Please note if your child is part of the Artsfest Prep Collaborative project you do not need to buy a ticket for the Tuesday night performance but you do need to reserve a seat.