What is FusionFest?

The Festival

Join us in the Playhouse, Derry on 19 Oct and the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast on 20 Oct to hear from 3 international keynote speakers, participate in a number of themed breakout sessions as well as access to the Social Innovation village featuring practitioners, innovative organisations, and a space to network and learn more about Social Innovation. The festival will finish with an afterparty and the ‘headline’ keynote on the Belfast Barge on the evening of Friday 20 October.


FusionFest is Northern Ireland’s Social Innovation Festival, bringing together people and organisations from all backgrounds with a shared passion for finding and delivering solutions to social challenges. FusionFest aims to build on the legacy of the successful Unusual Suspects Festival in 2016 – here’s a recap of what went down last year in case you missed out.

[*a complimentary return bus will leave Derry on 20 Oct @ 16.30 returning at approx 11pm – book your space now!]


FuSIon Fest is focused on overlapping themes which underpin Social Innovation, with a strong focus on collaboration, learning and social impact and value. We’ll be delving into these themes through a range of breakout sessions, as well as having hands on social innovation intro sessions:

  • Tech for Good – how can technology drive social impact? This will focus on the work that Techies in Residence has undertaken over the last 2 years.
  • Social Innovation Policy Environment- explore how Policy can drive Social Innovation and vice versa.
  • Youth Unemployment – a knowledge exchange session to help people to get involved in generating new ideas to address unemployment amongst 16-18 year olds.
  • Corporate Social Innovation- How can companies help society innovate? How can partnerships be developed to help communities?
  • Social Finance- What alternatives exist to grant funding, and how can organisations access this money
  • Health Inequalities- Can Social Innovation be part of the solution where mainstream support is finding difficulties