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FT Weekend Festival 2021
Edmund de Waal and Jan Dalley

Saturday, September 4, 2021, 11–11:45am
Kenwood House, London

As part of this year’s FT Weekend Festival in London, Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Financial Times art editor Jan Dalley on the Arts Stage to discuss his latest book, Letters to Camondo, and his placing of his contemporary work in dialogue with another era.

Gagosian is partnering with the Financial Times to host the Arts Stage at the one-day event where leading experts discuss the arts, music, literature, food, business, and technology. Recent Gagosian Quarterly films will be screened between sessions on the stage throughout the day and Gagosian publications will also be presented. To attend the event, purchase tickets at

Edmund de Waal and Jan Dalley, FT Weekend Festival, London, 2019

Edmund de Waal and Jan Dalley, FT Weekend Festival, London, 2019

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Left: Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson. Right: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez

Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson


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Edmund de Waal was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2021 birthday honors list for his service to the arts as a potter and a writer. The title CBE is bestowed to individuals who have made distinct and innovative contributions to the United Kingdom.

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