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These Troubled Times: What is the Future of the Arts?

Sarah Hopwood, Alistair Spalding and Lamia Dabboussy Chaired by Rebecca Jones

Sunday, 5 April 2020

2:00pm

1 hour

Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Leading figures in the UK arts world, Sarah Hopwood, Alistair Spalding and Lamia Dabboussy, discuss the challenges facing the arts in 21st-century Britain and how the arts can remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Funding controversies, an ageing population, dwindling audiences and an explosion in home entertainment are bringing major challenges to organisations such as Glyndebourne opera house and Sadler’s Wells Theatre and for arts coverage on television. However, the arts are arguably more important than ever in holding up a mirror to society and challenging polarised politics, fake news and populism. So, what can the arts do today to remain relevant?

Hopwood is managing director of Glyndebourne, the UK’s third largest opera house by revenue, and its former chief operating officer. She joined in 1997 as finance director and has overseen a doubling in turnover. Spalding is artistic director and chief executive of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, a world-leading dance house. He has driven the commissioning, producing and co-producing of 170 shows since joining in 2004. Dabboussy is executive editor of BBC Arts and leads the channel’s programming strategy. She recently spent five months as acting editor of BBC Arts. Her recent commissions include Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle for BBC Four, Inside Cinema for iPlayer and Edinburgh Nights for BBC Two. Discussions are chaired by BBC arts correspondent Rebecca Jones.

In association with Glyndebourne.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd