Welcome To Esquire Townhouse 2020 With Breitling

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This October our annual Esquire Townhouse event is coming direct to you, wherever you happen to be.

Esquire Townhouse @ Your House, in partnership with Breitling, is a free, digital festival of interviews, conversations and performances taking place over three days, starting today and running until Saturday. Once we've wrapped up on Saturday night, all the films and performances will be available to watch again whenever you like.

Now in its fifth year, this will be our first digital-only programme and will be available to watch right here on Esquire and across our social channels. You can also stay in touch with updates via our Esquire Weekly email (sign up now to be kept abreast of new names and events as they're announced).

Our programme for 2020 is all about high-quality films and in-depth interviews with original voices, on the subjects that matter right now.

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THE LINEUP

Film director, artist and Esquire cover star Steve McQueen will be discussing the Black experience in Britain through his own anthology of BBC films, Small Axe, which air this autumn, and whether the events of 2020 could actually trigger long-lasting social change.

Explorer and ecologist David de Rothschild will be speaking with fellow Breitling Squad member and TV presenter Ben Fogle about how, as a traveller and adventurer, he's coped with the limitations of 2020 and where the environmental conversation now stands in the age of Covid-19.

Arsène Wenger is one of the most influential and forward-thinking coaches ever to grace the Premier League and he’ll be looking back at the highs, lows and lessons learned from his time at the top. (This is the only ticketed event and the price includes a copy of Wenger's new autobiography, My Life in Red and White. Buy tickets here.)

• One of our brightest and most versatile acting talents of the moment, Josh O’Connor will be in conversation with fashion designer Jonathan Anderson, creative director at Loewe and his namesake brand, JW Anderson, on the role creativity plays in their own lives and work, at a time when many of us have reignited creative projects of our own.

Chef and writer Yotam Ottolenghi has become a hugely influential voice on what we eat and how we cook. He’ll be discussing the role food has played in keeping us sane this year and how to take our own cooking to the next level.

Dance music mainstay Róisín Murphy will give an acoustic performance of three tracks from her new album, Róisín Machine, as well as discussing what’s kept a performer like her going during lockdown and how she keeps moving forward.

Actor and musician Riz Ahmed will be discussing an issue more relevant than ever – identity – and how his own background as a British Muslim has shaped his life and career.

Former England rugby captain Dylan Hartley will be offering an insight into the pressures, both physical and mental, of performing at the pinnacle of the game, as well as the lessons he learned from leading his country.

Music producer Fraser T Smith has shaped the sound of some of the UK’s most successful artists including Gorillaz and Stormzy. This year he released his debut album under his Future Utopia moniker, which features the likes of Kano, Dave and Idris Elba. He'll be performing a track from the album and will discuss collaboration and risk-taking with grime artist Ghetts, at his Oxfordshire studio.

More names, and the full schedule, will be announced over the coming weeks. To stay abreast of everything happening at this year's Esquire Townhouse, sign up to our weekly email now. You can also keep tabs on all the announcements, interviews and bonus content by following us on social media, and the hashtags #EsquireTownhouse and #SquadOnAMission.

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