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University of Sunderland

Future Living

Future Living

Come and see how life can be

Future Living celebrates healthy, active, low-carbon city living, leisure, recreation, culture, entertainment and food.

Environmentally friendly lifestyles, especially in cities, are crucial to successfully adapting to climate change. The UN states that cities are at the forefront of finding sustainable solutions, which sets the perfect context for this theme, bringing the future forward for the people of Sunderland and the North East of England.

As in the Future Home event, pre-booked tours of the EXPO concept and show homes and sustainable travel activations will run throughout the duration of Future Living, while the city will come alive with a festival to inspire our visitors, current and future residents alike.

Parallel to Future Living’s consumer programme, a business-focused agenda will shine a sustainable spotlight on wellbeing at work.


Future Living Pilot Events 2024

Come and Plant

Come & Plant

May Half-Term

Riverside, Sunderland

  • Community growing
  • Biodiversity hacks
  • Grow your own
  • Eco-spaces
  • Garden zen
  • Love your balcony

Future Living Events 2025

Your Future

Your Future

Spring  & Autumn 2025

Beacon of Light, Sunderland

Bringing together education and Sunderland employers under one roof to promote learning and new job opportunities that spotlight on the emerging industries investing in the region. 

Future Living

Future Living

Autumn 2025

Beacon of Light, Sunderland

Lifestyle exhibition and workshop programme that will explore sustainable modern living, low carbon cooking, calming the mind, healthier lifestyles, fitness and active leisure.


Riverside Festival 

Autumn 2025

Riverside Park & Keel Square

  • Live spectacles
  • Street food, competitions and give-aways,
  • Outdoor films and music
  • Living art, wildlife trails, repurposed artefacts and street art

Enquire about opportunities across Future Living Events

Event Sponsorship

  • Lead event partners
  • Workshop Session sponsors
  • Branding sponsors

Fringe Events

  • Bring your entire event to Sunderland during Expo
  • Organise your own live talk, workshop or seminar or exhibitors alongside, within or during Expo


  • Outside concession spaces
  • Pop-Up/ table top spaces in City Hall events
  • Walk-on Shell scheme packages or space to build your own stand at Beacon of Light events


  • Educational tours
  • Social enterprise tours
  • Community group tours