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2019 InterPlanetary Festival Scheduled
June 11, 2019

The second annual InterPlanetary Festival lands June 14-16, 2019 in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park. Fueled and inspired by the research at the Santa Fe Institute, the festival offers an exploration of complexity science and human ingenuity in the setting of a summer festival full of music, film, art, food, drinks, and more.


Credit: Santa Fe Institute.

According to information, how to sustain human civilization, on and beyond Earth, is one of the festival’s enduring questions. This theme carries over from the inaugural festival in 2018, and will be expanded upon in the 2019 festival through an art exhibit on climate change and panel discussions on collective intelligence and sustainable urbanization, which will connect the aspiration of space travel to pressing, real-world challenges.

“We’re living on a very densely populated Earth where the implications of a single individual’s actions percolate across the whole planet. And yet we behave as if that wasn’t the case because we’ve inherited habits from an era where that wasn’t the case,” says David Krakauer, the Santa Fe Institute’s president and the festival’s initiator. “Space is a laboratory for us to get things right.”

As the festival aspires to “Change the world, one planet at a time,” it celebrates innovation in science fiction, film, emerging media, maker culture, technology, the arts, and science. Krakauer asserts that these domains are “inextricably bound,” and that harnessing collective intelligence is humanity’s best hope for meeting the challenges of space exploration, and for sustaining life on our first planet, Earth.

Thanks to philanthropic funding through the Institute’s Miller Omega Program, general admission is free and open to the public.


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