7 June, 2018: The 2017 FT Weekend Festival won ‘Best Use of an Event to Build a News Brand’ at the 2018 INMA Global Media Awards in Washington DC this week.

The 2017 FT Weekend Festival saw more than two and a half thousand people attend to hear from over 100 leading figures from art, music, literature, business, food & drink, fashion and politics including Simon Schama and Thomas Heatherwick.

The INMA judges said: “Putting on a festival of this caliber is a lot of work. Impressive event with impressive results.”

“We are delighted to have been recognised for the success of the FT Weekend Festival,” said Alec Russell, Editor of FT Weekend. “In just two years this has become the ideas and culture festival of London's autumn. Its popularity is a tribute to the classiness of the FTWeekend's journalism, the spirit of its readers and to the spark of innovation. Last year FTWeekend readers came from New York, Singapore and across Europe. We are excited to be returning this September with a bigger programme of events and speakers, including Julian Barnes, Simon Schama and the inimitable Lucy Kellaway."

"FT Live puts on world-class events around the globe, gathering the brightest minds and most influential decision-makers for conversations and debates that provide cutting-edge insights and ideas,” said James Gunnell, Head of FT Live. “The FT Weekend Festival is no exception - it is a tribute to everything readers love about the Financial Times brand and we’re looking forward to the success of the 2018 festival."

Additionally, the FT was awarded second place in the Best Use of Social Media category for FT Instagram Stories, third place in the Best Use of Data Analytics category for Project XX and an honourable mention in the Best New Corporate Innovations Initiative category for The Visual Vocabulary.

The full list of winners is here.

For more information about the FT Weekend Festival or to purchase tickets for the 2018 event, please visit www.ftweekendfestival.com.


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