London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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Events Archive

Martin Gayford, Chair: Jan Dalley
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 8:30pm

Juxtaposing a rich variety of images Martin Gayford, in conversation with Jan Dalley, arts editor of the FT, offers a dazzling and original account of art history, posing fascinating questions about the nature of art and artistic creation. A History of Pictures is the result of Gayford's collaboration with David Hockney to explore how and why pictures have been made? Their artistic journey takes them from the Lascaux cave drawings to state-of-the-art computer imagery. Why are we so preoccupied with making marks on a flat surface, and why do we find them so captivating? How do you show movement in a still picture, and how do films and television connect with old masters? What are the ways in which time and space can be condensed into a static image? What do pictures show – truth or lies? Do photographs present the world as we experience it? The answer they come up with are every bit as exhilarating as their questions. 

Malcolm Rifkind, Chair: Iain Dale
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 8:30pm

Sir Malcolm Rifkind talks to broadcaster Iain Dale about his absorbing life-story. During his glittering political career he served as a Cabinet Minister through some of the most turbulent years of the late 20th century, in both the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence.

Lisa Leff, Hannah Rothschild
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 7:00pm

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski appropriated tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin and, later, from public archives and private synagogues in France, moving them all, illicitly, to New York.

Dan Cruickshank, Chair: Rachel Lichtenstein
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Religious strife, civil conflict, waves of immigration, the rise and fall of industry, great prosperity and grinding poverty – the handful of streets that constitute modern Spitalfields have witnessed all this and more. In a fascinating evocation of one of London’s most distinctive districts, Dan Cruickshank tells the story of the people who have lived there from Roman times ri

Anthony Lester, Joshua Rozenberg
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Human Rights ― Equality ― Free Speech ― Privacy ― The Rule of Law


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