Journey To Nutopia is a desire to move towards a better place. It’s a conversation about positive future narratives and the anti dystopia. Its music, talks, spoken word, visions and a demand for positive change.
Nutopia is a conceptual country founded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York on April Fool’s Day 1973: “Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA. NUTOPIA has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people. NUTOPIA has no laws other than cosmic. All people of NUTOPIA are ambassadors of the country”. The flag of Nutopia is white and it’s national anthem is four seconds silence. The idea of a place with no orders and no boundaries has never been more relevant. In times of turmoil, people naturally start thinking about different, better alternatives.
Currently, utopian visions are everywhere. It’s the title of Bjork’s new album, while David Byrne’s is American Utopia. David Branwell wrote No 9 Bus To Utopia, the tale of his journey to various modern day Utopian communities. There’s many new works being published discussing utopian ideas concerning science, culture, activism and more. Utopia is an idealised state, but for us, Nutopia is a moving target – it’s the journey that counts, not the end point. A desire to change for the better, not an illusion that we are already there, or may even ever get to this constantly changing place. Hence ‘Journey To Nutopia’.
Journey To Nutopia is part of an emerging network springing up in the UK and beyond in the past few years. We’re inspired by Daisy Campbell’s Cosmic Trigger project, which in turn inspired other events like Greg Wilson’s Super Weird Happening events and Sheffield’s excellent Festival 23. Alan Moore’s call for local Arts Labs is also a key inspiration, and others such as Pete Lawrence’s Campfire Sessions are also expanding the conversation. Organised, localised networks are the greatest agents of change – we are getting organised. Nutopia can be anywhere.
Journey to Nutopia debuts with three days of music, talk and visions at Lunar Festival 2018. Expect scientists, authors, activists, acid house heroes, theorists, mixologists. cultural commentators. Become a citizen. Join us in a space with no boundaries, where the only laws are cosmic. Welcome to Nutopia. The Journey Begins.