We live in a volatile and elusive world, where the future is difficult to envision as anything other than crises, disasters, and unpredictable change. Such a situation can make one feel perplexed, powerless, and disheartened. It’s increasingly challenging to think comprehensively. It’s becoming more difficult to make long-term plans and carry them out together. It’s even more challenging to look into the future at all. But literature helps us do that. And “Futures Better and Worse” shows how. At the festival, writers, artists, academics, and culture enthusiasts from different countries take the stage to map out and interpret the societal fears and hopes related to the future in the most expansive and diverse way.

Featuring: Olga Tokarzcuk (POL), Lydia Sandgren (SWE), Cory Doctorow (USA), Jeff VanderMeer (USA), Lesley-Ann Brown (USA), Josh Sawyer (USA), Preiļu konceptuālisti (LV), David Hartley (UK), Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (IS), Penny Boxall (UK), Johanna Rannik, Emma Lotta Lõhmus, Helena Aadli, Karin Orgulas, Hildegard Reimann, Anastassia Kuznetsova, Saara Liis Jõerand, Oliver Issak, Andreas Kübar, Henri Hütt, Timo Toots, etc.