The Festival of Ideas plays host to a raft of inspiring speakers, from world-famous artists and musicians to activists, writers, designers and theatre-makers. This spring join us for five days of inspiring conversations with leading figures from across the arts.
We’ll be announcing the 2020 line-up very soon. Public tickets go on sale 9 March 2020.
The Royal Academy of Arts has always been a place of passionate debate. Many ideas that shaped British art began here. Today, the conversation is moving into ever-more challenging, provocative territories – but we have no intention of shying away.
Returning for a third year this April, the Festival of Ideas brings together practitioners and innovators from the creative world to discuss their artistic practice and share ideas on the cultural, social, environmental and political themes of our time.
Previous speakers range from world-famous artists and musicians to film and theatre makers, museum directors, activists, writers, poets, authors and illustrators. Visit our iTunes, Spotify or SoundCloud to listen to some of our past speakers including David Bailey, Es Devlin, Don McCullin, Paul Smith and Yinka Shonibare.
Previous speakers include Grayson Perry RA and Philippa Perry, Yomi Adekoke, Lemn Sissay, Elif Shafak and Kwame Kwei-Armah.