talks & debates

Our year-round programme of talks and debates showcases leading thinkers, activists, politicians and cultural observers. Be stimulated by new thoughts and ideas, or challenged to see the world with fresh eyes by today’s most exciting speakers.

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Perhaps you don’t recognise that you have power but if you’re doing something to try to make a change you are already exercising power.
Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder of Ballet Black, speaking at Southbank Centre in 2018
The paradox of the last 20 years has been that we have increased our communication, its frequency, participants and methods to do so. But instead of taking this opportunity to produce a clear picture of the world, the content of that information, and what we actually know, is decreasing.
Yannis Varoufakis, speaking at Southbank Centre in 2015

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Free

Various times
22 Aug 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Various times | 22 Aug 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
DRAG is an exhibition of radical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day
DRAG is an exhibition of radical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day

Free

Free

Various times
12 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Various times | 12 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Help plan the ninth WOW – Women of the World London: a festival that celebrates women and girls
Help plan the ninth WOW – Women of the World London: a festival that celebrates women and...
HM  Young  Offenders  Institution  Cookham  Wood,  acrylic  on  canvas

Free

Free

Various times
19 Sep 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
Various times | 19 Sep 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Art by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Art by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Larry Bell, Standing Walls, 1969/2016.
Various times
26 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Various times | 26 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Art
Artists & Thinkers
View artwork by over 20 international artists on the theme of space disruption
View artwork by over 20 international artists on the theme of space disruption
 Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden, stainless sleet spheres
7:00 pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 26 Sep 2018
Art
Artists & Thinkers
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition
Hung Huang, speaking at live talk
11:30 am
Sun 07 Oct 2018
11:30 am | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Spoken word & Live literature
Get the low-down on contemporary China and its connection to the UK with a day of talks and analysis
Get the low-down on contemporary China and its connection to the UK with a day of talks and analysis
Jin Yong, novelist and essayist
1:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
1:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Spoken word & Live literature
Get stuck into the work of Jin Yong, ‘the Chinese JRR Tolkien’, in this panel
Get stuck into the work of Jin Yong, ‘the Chinese JRR Tolkien’, in this panel
Can China Take the Lead on Climate Change?, speaker
3:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
As America withdraws from the Paris Agreement, all eyes are on China when it comes to climate change
As America withdraws from the Paris Agreement, all eyes are on China when it comes to climate change
 David Olusoga
8:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
Es Devlin, stage designer
7:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters

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Sue Perkins

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Steve Ullathorne
Sue Perkins
28 Oct
Literature
No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sue Perkins celebrates the publication of her travel memoir
18 Oct
Literature
Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from Roger Daltrey as he publishes his memoir
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