Latest News and Developments

Please visit this page to stay informed on the latest developments of this year's festival. We will use this page to announce new speakers, feature press clippings, and provide you with an all exclusive perspective into the production of this year's festival!



The official FT Weekend Festival timed programme is now online! Please check the programme, so that you can make the most out of this year's FT Weekend Festival. To view the full programme, please click here.




We are pleased to announce that Will Carling, former England rugby standout, will be attending this year's FT Weekend Festival. 

Will Carling will be joined on stage with the FT's editor, Lionel Barber, to discuss the importance of leadership. 

See the latest FT interview with Will Carling and Lionel Barber here.

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15th June 2018

The FT Money team is hosting a sweepstakes for readers who participate in their Thrift Off competition. The reader who sends in the best money-saving tip will win a pair of tickets worth £190 to the FT Weekend Festival at Hampstead Heath, London, on September 8.

Send in your suggestions to, with the best tips to be published in a forthcoming article as part of the FT’s Millennial Moment series. 

For more information about the competition, including terms and conditions, please visit here

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7th June 2018

The FT Weekend Festival won 'Best Use of an Event to Build a News Brand' at the 2018 INMA Global Media Awards in Washington DC. 

The 2017 FT Weekend Festival saw more than two and a half thousand people attend to hear from over 100 leading figures from art, music, literature, business, food & drink, fashion and politics including Simon Schama and Thomas Heatherwick.

The INMA judges said: “Putting on a festival of this caliber is a lot of work. Impressive event with impressive results.”

“We are delighted to have been recognised for the success of the FT Weekend Festival,” said Alec Russell, Editor of FT Weekend. “In just two years this has become the ideas and culture festival of London's autumn. Its popularity is a tribute to the classiness of the FTWeekend's journalism, the spirit of its readers and to the spark of innovation."

To read the full press release, please visit here.