Festival Schedule

The Long Conversation: Ideas to Light the Future

Dec 7 | 2:00 - 10:00 PM

Arts and Industries Building

Don’t miss this creative marathon between artists, scientists and other big thinkers about why we should be optimistic about the future. Once a year, NASA astronauts, Grammy-winning musicians, tech CEOs, poets, inventors and more converge in the historic Arts & Industries Building for a lively 8-hour relay race of surprising conversations around the best ideas on the horizon. Come for the optimism; stay for incredible performances, art installations, pop-ups from DC’s coolest chefs, and the rare chance to explore the soaring halls of America’s first National Museum.

2018’s lineup features inspiring Ingenuity Award winners alongside luminaries from wildly diverse backgrounds: NASA’s mission to Jupiter lead Scott Bolton, actor and activist Alfre Woodard, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour, comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood, Jr., New York Times writer David Brooks, molecular geneticist curing blindness Dr. Jean Bennett, 11-year-old ‘March for Our Lives’ speaker Naomi Wadler, activist and lawyer Mily Treviño-Sauceda, actor and Chicano culture advocate Cheech Marin; and many more.

Sound crazy? It is—and it’s uplifting, authentic, and a ton of fun, like nothing you’ve ever witnessed. Claim your free tickets starting Monday, Nov. 5, or watch the livestream online.  Space is limited, and tickets will ‘sell out’ quickly.

Free, tickets required. Reserve online starting Monday, Nov. 5.