On 2-4 June 2016 the British Council, in partnership with the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, will hold a 3-day Future of the Word Forum, devoted to new perspectives on reading culture, the publishing industry and creative literary process in the UK and Russia, and including a wide-ranging Language and Literature think tank, an extensive public programme with talks, round tables and discussions, and evening film screening and meet-up activities. 

The entrance to all the events is free of charge. Registration is required.

2 JUNE, THURSDAY
18.00 Opening of the Future of the Word Forum
A lecture-performance by Erica Scourti "Personal Protocols”
19.00 A public talk by Irina Prokhorova “The Culture of Reading in Russia: Forecasts and Perspectives”
20.00 Beat Film Festival presents: Adam Curtis in conversation with Andrey Loshak
22.00

Beat Film Festival presents: "Bitter Lake" by Adam Curtis

 3 JUNE, FRIDAY
11.00-20.00 "When We Meet Again": Performance by Me and the Machine
18.00 A public talk by Peter Collingridge “Words and the Web"
19.00 Strelka Press presents: a panel discussion on how to reach readers
Participants: Ivan Sorokin, Maria Orlova, Pavel Podkosov, Asya Kazantseva, Irina Levontina, Andrey Baev
20.00 Beat Film Festival presents: Grant Gee, Apollinaria Avrutina and Anna Narinskaya in conversation
22.00 Beat Film Festival presents: “Innocence of Memories” by Grant Gee
 4 JUNE, SATURDAY 
11.00-20.00 "When We Meet Again". Performance by Me and the Machine
16.00 Public talk by Irina Levontina "Did we catch the language in a net?"
17.00 Public talk by Naomi Alderman “How to get people to write fanfic of your videogame?”
18.00 A lecture by Laurence Scott “Words Rewired"
19.00 Presentation of the results of “Research Institute of the Message”
20.00

Closing of the Future of the Word Forum
A public talk by James Bridle “The House of Wisdom, The Library of Babel"