Previous DE:CONSTRUCT festivals

Take a look at some of the activities that have been part of our previous DE:CONSTRUCT festivals.

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DE:CONSTRUCT 2022 saw 16 speakers explore the theme 'Our Changing Environment’.  We asked the question: how has, is and will our environment change? This theme considered different definitions of 'environment' from societal to physical, biological and more.

Speakers included: Ashden (Climate Solutions in Action), Design Museum, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, ZSL London Zoo, Reboot the Future, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and a range of sessions from Goldsmiths, University of London academics. The online festival ran from 28–31 March 2022.


DE:CONSTRUCT 2021 took place online due to COVID-19 restrictions and explored the theme of 'Raising Your Voice' - discovering how our voices can be amplified or suppressed and how we can create a platform for our voices to be heard. The series of exciting virtual sessions were lead by a range of engaging speakers. Our keynote speaker was Yomi Adegoke, award-winning British journalist, podcaster and co-author of the 2018 book 'Slay in Your Lane.

DE:CONSTRUCT 2021's keynote speaker: Yomi Adegoke


Sadly, due to COVID-19 DE:CONSTRUCT 2020 - Understanding Our Environment was cancelled. We were looking forward to welcoming speakers from Extinction Rebellion, Feminist Internet, and Secret Cinema to campus, alongside award-winning British journalist Yomi Adegoke, author of the 2018 book Slay in Your Lane.

Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower


The theme for DE:CONSTRUCT 2019 was Visualising the Future.

Our Keynote speaker was Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower, best-selling author of 'What a Time To Be Alone' and an award-winning blogger, writer, feminist and spokesperson for the future generation.

There were also workshops provided by The Museum of LondonSecret Cinema, and the National Justice Museum, as well as Goldsmiths departments of Computing and Psychology.


Our 2018 conference involved students attended a range of keynote talks and workshops, with a variety of culturally influential speakers from organisations including Parliament Outreach, global creative agency M&C Saatchi, Computing at Goldsmiths, the V&A Museum and The Poetry Society. Musician and documentary-maker Stephen Manderson, aka Professor Green, was our guest speaker at the event.

The event included workshops on identity in a digital age, London's history of campaigning, social identity and psychology, fashion and identity, and black British history and poetry.

Please see the video below to see Professor Green talking about his experience.

Professor Green discusses the 2018 DE:CONSTRUCT conference at Goldsmiths