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The inaugural InterPlanetary Festival (Codename: GENESIS) took place in the Railyard Plaze in Santa Fe, NM on June 7th & 8th, 2018. The festival drew thousands of space enthusiasts from around the world for a celebration of complexity and human ingenuity, panel discussions, live music, games, and other festival events. You can view all of the first InterPlanetary Festival's panels below, exploring the many facets of what makes a successful life-support system on our planet and beyond.

The festival transformed the Railyard District in downtown Santa Fe with an expo showcasing innovation and technology for space exploration. Concurrent with the expo, participants enjoyed open-air concerts, maker spaces, lectures, panel discussions, food, beer, and citizen science projects and games centered around InterPlanetary topics, featuring Seamus Blackley, Max Cooper, Cory Doctorow, JiHae, Annalee Newitz, Jonah Nolan, Ozomatli, Martine Rothblatt, Neal Stephenson, D.A. Wallach, Pete Worden, and other luminaries in a variety of industries.

"This is a festival where we’re asking people to come and have fun, but also to contribute towards a global challenge of becoming an InterPlanetary civilization…” said SFI President David Krakauer.

As a global destination for both the arts and sciences, Santa Fe is the ideal location for a festival that celebrates innovation across these domains. The InterPlanetary Festival coincided with the opening of the CURRENTS New Media art installation, and the inaugural Nation of Makers Conference (NOMCON). "The arts — visual arts, cinematic, literary, musical — expand our imaginations and they explore territories that we don't even know exist. I've always felt that science wouldn't function without the arts. Art plays a critical role in the InterPlanetary Project."

The InterPlanetary Project is a collaboration between the Santa Fe Institute and a variety of fantastic city-wide partners, including Currents New Media, MAKE Santa Fe, SITE Santa Fe, Creative Santa Fe, Jean Cocteau Cinema, Violet Crown Cinema, The Center for Contemporary Arts, The Santa Fe Children's Museum, Exploratorium, IAIA, The Railyard Community Corporation, The Screen at SFUAD, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Thornburg Investment Management, Form & Concept Gallery, Second Street Brewery, and many others.

Funds for this festival was generously provided by Bill Miller through the Miller Omega Program.

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