PALATIAL IN­SPI­RA­TION Join lovers of lit­er­a­ture, film and mu­sic at the Blen­heim Fes­ti­val

Cul­ture and con­ver­sa­tion at Blen­heim, Bri­tain’s grand­est stately home

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‘We have noth­ing to equal this,’ gasped Ge­orge III to Queen Char­lotte, or so the leg­end goes,

as their car­riage made its way to­wards Blen­heim Palace in 1786 – the baroque mas­ter­piece and home to the 12th Duke of Marl­bor­ough has been en­thralling vis­i­tors for cen­turies. It is also a cul­tural mon­u­ment, host­ing ex­hi­bi­tions from artists in­clud­ing Ai Wei­wei and Jenny Holzer, and mo­ments in fash­ion his­tory such as last year’s

Dior Cruise show. Then there is the an­nual Blen­heim Palace Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture, Film & Mu­sic, with which Bazaar and its sis­ter mag­a­zine Town & Coun­try are part­ner­ing for a sec­ond year.

On Satur­day 14 Oc­to­ber, join our edi­tor-in-chief Jus­tine Pi­cardie as she talks about the new edi­tion of her Coco Chanel bi­og­ra­phy (the de­signer was a great friend of Win­ston Churchill, fa­mously born at Blen­heim); and see our deputy edi­tor Ly­dia Slater in­ter­view Laura Thomp­son about the role of Bazaar in the life of Nancy Mit­ford. Alex Pre­ston will also dis­cuss Eve­lyn Waugh’s ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tions to both mag­a­zines

in cel­e­bra­tion of Bazaar’s 150th an­niver­sary year. TERESA FITZHERBERT

The Blen­heim Palace Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture, Film & Mu­sic (www.blenheim­palacelit­er­aryfes­ti­val.com) runs from 12 to 15 Oc­to­ber.

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