The Arts Stage will feature interviews, reviews and discussions with key figures from the visual and performing arts.

Has #MeToo changed the performing arts?
Tricia Tuttle, artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival, Anna Smith, film critic and president of The Critics' Circle, and Carrie Cracknell, theatre director, talk to the FT’s Griselda Murray Brown about women in theatre, film and radio


Women as creators
Artist Jenny Saville in conversation with Givenchy’s artistic director Clare Waight Keller

Behind the scenes: how to get the perfect picture
Emma Bowkett, FT magazine photo director, and Charlie Bibby, photographer, talk cover shoots from the Antarctic to Congo

Life of a song: Battle of the decades

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, the FT’s pop critic, with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and FT arts writers Peter Aspden, India Ross, David Cheal and Helen Brown - each panellist chooses their favourite decade and tries to win over the audience

Simon Schama: Contemporary art and politics: a mismatch?
Simon Schama talks to Jan Dalley, the FT’s arts editor, about the challenge for artists in taking on the dramas of our times

The leap from stage to screen
Dominic Cooke, the four-time Olivier Award-winning and Bafta-nominated theatre and TV director, talks to Sarah Hemming, the FT’s theatre critic, about his feature film On Chesil Beach and future projects

Blockchain and the art market
Georgina Adam, author, Anne Bracegirdle of Christie’s and Jess Houlgrave of Codox Protocol, with the FT’s Josh Spero on whether blockchain technology will solve problems of origin, ownership and price


The talks at the Arts stage were a particular highlight.

Simon Schama was as eloquent, intelligent and funny as it gets.
— Past Festival Attendee

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