Festival Overview

The FT Weekend Festival is an event celebrated for its rich content of ideas and debate on current affairs, arts and culture, and so taking the event online in 2020 was a significant move. But by using the 'best in class' large scale platform, and working with the UK’s number one digital production house, nearly 9,000 affluent and influential FT Weekend readers were able to participate in 66 interactive content sessions over 3 days from the comfort of their own homes. And the feedback from readers, speakers and sponsoring partners has been universally positive. Following the success of our first digital festival, we are planning to run two such events in 2021 - in Spring (18-20 March) and Autumn (9-11 September). Harnessing the experience and skills gained from running many successful large-scale digital events in 2020, next year's format will once again be one main plenary programme over three days. We'll be exploring the big ideas, the cultural, economic and politician questions of the moment with an overarching theme of renewal. Plus some initiatives to dramatically increase our audience size - this event should be viewed by all FT readers!

Join thousands of guests to share innovative ideas on everything from finance to education, culture to policy and art to travel

Hear from the brightest minds as we gather over 100 speakers from around the world, including your favourite FTWeekend columnists and editors

Enjoy a range of interactive platforms hosting performances, wine tastings and much more, all from the comfort of your home

The digital ideas festival of our age using the best-in-class digital platform providing unique attendee connections.

Reader quote:
“One of the best online experiences I have had, ever. One of the richest and most deserving of my time and attention. One of the most engrossing festivals I've ever been to, anywhere.”

Keynote speakers include:

Natasha Tretheway,

author of

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

Paul Smith, fashion designer

David Lammy,

MP, and author of

Tribes - How our need to belong can make or break society

Jancis Robinson,

wine correspondent,

Financial Times

2020 Weekend Festival

100+ leading speakers from around the world
6,000+ tickets sold globally
55%+ C-suite / Director level attendee
73% household income over £150,000
74 countries represented