Netflix and Oxford Literary Festival announce continued partnership for 2023

Netflix and Oxford Literary Festival announce partnership

After a successful collaboration in 2022, NETFLIX and the Oxford Literary Festival today announce their renewed partnership with the aim to inspire a new generation of festival goers.

For 26 years, the Oxford Literary Festival has bridged the gap between town and gown, opening the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings to ticket holders who come to listen to prestigious speakers from around the world.

This year, the festival will further support these efforts by ensuring that children from across Oxford city state schools, including those in the most disadvantaged areas of the city, will benefit from free tickets and school visits from authors.

Full details will be given in due course on the festival website.

Whilst the city of Oxford has become synonymous with a university known for its academic prowess, the attainment gap in state schools is widening between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.

NETFLIX are proud to support the work of the Oxford Literary Festival, who are committed to ensuring that all pupils from the city have the opportunity to experience the enrichment of a literary event.

Three state schools have currently signed up to the programme – Cherwell, Greyfriars and The Oxford Academy.

Ruth Settle, Vice President PR, NETFLIX, said: "Storytelling is at the heart of what we do at Netflix, and we believe great stories can come from anywhere and be loved all over the world. The Oxford Literary Festival shares our commitment to supporting the next generation of talent, and we are proud to announce our continued support for their great work today."

Sally Dunsmore – Director of the Oxford Literary Festival warmly welcomed the NETFLIX support.

"The festival is delighted to partner NETFLIX, with its commitment to showcasing the written word to the world – through film and screen – with its power to inform, entertain and inspire.

"NETFLIX will enable the Festival’s schools and education programme to bring outstanding writers to speak to children and young people about their writing lives and work."

One of the leading literary festivals in the UK, The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival will run from 25 March to 2 April. Speakers this year include Jeremy Bowen, thriller writer Mick Herron, astronomer Maggie Aderin Pocock, Cressida Cowell, current Waterstone's Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, Italian actor Greta Scacchi, Al Murray, Paterson Joseph, Pulitzer Prize winner, Isabel Wilkerson, Mary Berry, novelists Colm Tóibín, John Banville and Eleanor Catton and more.

The young people’s programme has always been a key feature, running across both weekends of the Oxford Literary Festival and hosting talks and workshops by children’s laureates, bestselling authors, poets and illustrators. Tickets for these events have always been heavily subsidised or offered free of charge.

The Oxford Festival is the only major UK literary festival to receive no state or local authority funding, and is entirely dependent on sponsorship and donations.

The school programme has been established by Dr Stephen Law, who is Director of Philosophy at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education. He is editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal 'Think' and every year organises the festival’s very successful Oxford Debates.

View the full press release and the details of the schools project.



The Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

The Telegraph Festival media partner University of Oxford Netflix European Union Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the UK Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme BBC World Service International radio partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Oxford Mathematics Spanish Embassy The Spanish Embassy: supporters of the programme of Spanish literature and culture Cervantes Institute, London The Cervantes Institute, London Italian Embassy The Italian Embassy: supporter of the programme of Italian literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner International Literary Properties Festival literary heritage partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Festival hotel Old Bank Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Old Parsonage Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Jim Mellon John Roberts Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture Tim and Marion Stevenson Martin and Elise Becket Smith Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Carole and John Allen David Isaac Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Anna Hunter Rhys and Kerry Phillip Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival. Founded 1314 New College New College founded 1379 Worcester College Worcester College founded 1714 Lincoln College Lincoln College founded 1427 St Cross College St Cross College founded 1965 Trinity College Trinity College founded 1555 Magdalen College Magdalen College founded 1458 Critchleys Accountants to the festival Pasture to Plate Compassion in World Farming Human Ecology Project MACROVegan Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner. Celebrating 25 years in Europe in 2024 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Sponsor of the EBRD Literature Prize since 2018 ROOMS Georgia's leading lifestyle hotel brand since 2012. Supporters of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Jewish Book Week Partner of Oxford Literary Festival Foodbuy Thje Menu Partners Institute of Hospitality Goldmoney Properties Project People Oxford Brookes University Oxford International Centre for Publishing Confucius Institute Pusey House British Academy Festival academic partner Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford United Football Club Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Paul Bloomfield Ltd University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Conference Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates CAV Oxford The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Images Oxford University Images Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Oxford Georgian Translation Project Supporter of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Force4Good Consultancy Corporate communications OX magazine Ox in a Box K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography The Litmus Partnership Schoolreaders Windrush Group James Currey Society