Introducing the Soho Summit 2023
Part of our ongoing collaboration with Porsche, the inaugural festival of ideas will take place at Soho Farmhouse this April – here’s everything you need to know
Tuesday 17 January 2023 By Soho House
This spring, Porsche and Soho House will unite for the first-ever Soho Summit. A festival of ideas populated by a host of high-profile creative minds from the worlds of design, art, technology, fashion and sustainability, the unique event will take place at Soho Farmhouse over the course of two days in late April (26 to 28) and be open exclusively to members.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is the Soho Summit?
The Soho Summit powered by Porsche is a two-day event jam-packed with keynote talks with fashion designers and actors, panel discussions with sustainability experts, immersive experiences, and hands-on creative workshops. Whether you come for the day or stay for the duration, expect screenings with auteur filmmakers, gala dinners, and unexpected conversations with like-minded people. There will be installations by globally renowned artists, connections over food and music, and creativity.
When and where will it be held?
The Soho Summit will take place at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2023.
Soho Farmhouse is nestled in 100 acres of Cotswolds countryside. A treasure trove of mini-break potential, there are cabins, huts and cottages, as well as a spa, pools, and multiple restaurants and bars.
For the Soho Summit, Soho Farmhouse’s grounds will be divided into four zones: Experimental and Immersive for surprising art installations and creative journeys of discovery; Talks and Panel Discussions where you’ll catch edifying conversations with keynote speakers; Workshop and Create for interactive classes and workshops with leading artists and designers; and Porsche Art of Dreams Space with an art installation commissioned by Porsche.
Meet the speakers
The Soho Summit will bring together creative professionals, thinkers and innovators from across the world. Here’s a teaser of those already confirmed to appear (with more names to be announced soon):
The critically acclaimed actor, and BAFTA and Golden Globe winner is beloved for his performances in the TV series Sherlock and Fleabag, as well as his lead role as Garry Essendine in a 2019 stage production of Present Laughter at The Old Vic in London. His most recent turn sees him take the mantle of Tom Ripley in HBO’s landmark adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith classic.
A multi-disciplinary artist and designer whose bold visual language draws on his British-Nigerian heritage to convey new narratives through contemporary design, Ilori is perhaps best known for mounting a temporary structure named ‘The Colour Palace’ outside the Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2019. Ilori’s work straddles the fields of architecture, sculpture, furniture and interior design, and he has collaborated with the likes of Superblue Miami, LEGO and Universal Music.
Sir Paul Smith
The legendary British fashion designer arguably invented contemporary tailoring as we know it today. Since founding his eponymous brand over half a century ago in 1970, he has garnered multiple plaudits – a knighthood included – for his contribution to the global fashion canon.
Designer and founder of fashion brand Ahluwalia, she draws inspiration from her Indian-Nigerian heritage by repurposing vintage materials in factories that employ rural women and pay them fairly. A recipient of the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN, she is one of the most exciting emerging designers promoting a sustainable and ethical approach.
Jeremy O. Harris
Jeremy O. Harris is an American playwright known for his plays Daddy and Slave Play. The latter received 12 nominations at the 74th Tony Awards, breaking the record for most nominations for a non-musical play. Harris has worked in film and TV, including the role of co-producer for season two of Euphoria. In his work, he explores the radical potential of language, sexuality and queer perspectives, and race in contemporary society.
From The History Boys and Gavin And Stacey, to Him & Her and American Horror Story, Tovey is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation. An avid art fan and collector, he also co-hosts the popular podcast Talk Art with fellow art buff and best buddy, Robert Diament.
McCartney is a world-renowned photographer and documentary maker. She recently directed If These Walls Could Sing – a fascinating insight into the iconic Abbey Road Studios, which we will screen at the Soho Summit following her on-stage interview.
‘Oohs’ and ‘aaahs’ at the ready; Browning – the inventor of the Iron Man-esque jet suit – will demonstrate the full power and spectacle of it at the Soho Summit. He will also discuss how he developed the idea for the suit, and reveal the plans he has for its future.
A cabaret performer; a fashion designer; an artist; a cultural icon. Lamy has lived quite the life. When she appears in conversation at the Soho Summit, we cannot wait to hear her stories. Fingers crossed, we have enough time to cover it all.
Happy Valley fans, rejoice! We’re so excited to welcome the actor to the Soho Summit. He will be our grand finale, closing down proceedings at a farewell talk on Friday 28 April. Form an orderly queue.
Arguably the breakout star of House Of The Dragon, with the Golden Globe nomination to prove it. D’Arcy will appear at the Soho Summit to discuss the life-changing role of Rhaenyra Targaryen, which has brought them to the attention of a global audience.
A composer, pianist and producer, Richter is a titan of the contemporary music landscape. He arranges, performs and composes music for stage, opera, ballet and screen. Over the course of eight solo albums, he has amassed more than one million sales and one billion streams.
Burke is a disability educator, advocate and author who champions accessibility, equity and social justice to build a better world for everyone. At the Soho Summit she will be in conversation with Jeremy O. Harris. Standing room only, anyone?
One of the UK’s most beloved (not to mention dapper) broadcasters, O’Leary will be interviewing fellow sartorial man about town, the legendary Sir Paul Smith. A conversation not to be missed.
Kirby rose to global prominence and drew wide-spread, critical acclaim for her BAFTA-winning turn as Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of The Crown. In 2020, she was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her heartbreaking role in Pieces Of A Woman. At the Soho Summit she will discuss her illustrious career to date, as well as her work with the charity War Child UK for which she is a global ambassador.