At the Centre for Unusual Collaborations we recognize that ground breaking ideas are often built on the back of failures. As such, we aim to create an atmosphere of openness around them, because they are epicenters of learning. We are not afraid of acknowledging failures, reflecting on them, learning from them, and even celebrating them. In this interactive festival we will host ‘failure experts’, we share examples of our own failures as a Centre seeking to do things differently and we welcome participants to share examples of (professional) failures and to explore the learning and novel possibilities these failures provided (or not!).