Santa Fe Institute’s First Interplanetary Festival
June 7th – 8th 2018 | Santa Fe Railyard (main stage) & various locations around Santa Fe
The first annual InterPlanetary Festival will draw space enthusiasts from around the world for a two-day celebration of human ingenuity June 7-8, 2018, in Santa Fe, NM. The festival will transform the Railyard District in downtown Santa Fe with an expo showcasing innovation and technology for space exploration. Concurrent with the expo, participants can enjoy open-air concerts, maker spaces, lectures, panel discussions, food, beer, and citizen science projects and games centered around InterPlanetary topics.
“This is a festival where we’re asking people to come and have fun, but also to contribute towards a global challenge of becoming an InterPlanetary civilization,” says SFI President David Krakauer.
As a global destination for both the arts and sciences, Santa Fe is the ideal location for a festival that celebrates innovation across these domains. The InterPlanetary Festival coincides with the opening of the CURRENTS New Media art installation and the inaugural Nation of Makers Conference (NOMCON) in Santa Fe.
“The arts — visual arts, cinematic, literary, musical — expand our imaginations and they explore territories that we don’t even know exist. I’ve always felt that science wouldn’t function without the arts.” Art, he says, plays a critical role in the InterPlanetary Project.
“We now as researchers need to reach out to a broader base in order to address complex issues such as resource use, economic inequality, and climate change,” Krakauer says. “One way to bring people together is to make the science interesting and very aspirational. Posing an InterPlanetary challenge brings all of the best minds to the table, and also has the virtue of potentially producing an InterPlanetary civilization.”
The image above of the Santa Fe Railyard with UFOs flying above has become the representative image of the Santa Fe Institute’s inaugural Interplanetary Festival. The two-day fest including art, music and discussions about sustaining life outside of Earth will could draw hundreds to thousands of guests from across the world, according to SFI President David Krakauer.
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