Being A Man – Saturday 1 February

Society

A day of talks, debates, keynotes, performances and big ideas intermingled with free music and discussions, all looking at issues affecting men in society.

10am – 6pm
Saturday Day Pass £12

SATURDAY LINE-UP:

WELCOME
10am – 11am, Queen Elizabeth Hal
We open the festival with four men speaking about four very different things: Akala on the history of patriarchy; Michael Kaufman on men and feminism; Martin Daubney on porn and the brain; and Hardeep Singh Kohli on men cooking.

BEING A DAD
11.15am – 12.15pm, The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Five men discuss their fathers, becoming fathers, rites of passage and role models: David Lammy MP, Larry Harvey, founder of annual art event Burning Man, young fathers practitioner at St Michael’s Fellowship Seány O’Kane, actor Charlie Condou, and writer and journalist David Aaronovitch share their experiences of being a father and a son.

BAM BITES
12.30pm – 1.30pm, 2pm – 3pm, 3.15pm – 4.15pm,
Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall
Four bite-size talks on a variety of subjects.

BEING A GAY MAN
12.30pm – 1.30pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Chaired by James Runcie, Southbank Centre Head of Literature and Spoken Word.
A panel investigates what level of oppression is felt by gay men and what gay men have been teaching straight men about relationships, masculinity and love.

THE PROFESSIONALS
12.30pm – 1.30pm, The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Panel discussion hosted by Akala, featuring a cross section of young black men sharing their stories, experiences and challenges about professions that are not stereotypical.

BAM THINK-INS
12.30pm – 1.30pm, 2pm – 3pm, 3.15pm – 4.15pm, Various venues
Facilitator-led, men-only sessions looking in depth at what it means to be a man. Places are limited to 15 people per session.

SEX – PROMISCUITY AND FIDELITY
2pm – 3pm, the front room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Is promiscuity for men built in and inevitable? Are men better at separating love and sex or less likely to regret casual sex? A panel including multi-disciplinary performing Disability Artist Mat Fraser and Martin Daubney, former editor of Loaded, explores online pornography, the spectrum of sexual desires and whether the erection really is the most unequivocal sign of maleness.

MEN OF THE CLOTH
2pm – 3pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Chaired by James Runcie, Southbank Centre Head of Literature and Spoken Word.
Men still dominate in positions of leadership and power in all formal religions – how does this impact on our patriarchal society? Is contemporary male spirituality too often tied to nationalism and fanaticism? Is religion the reason for society’s patriarchy? The panel includes Hardeep Singh Kohli and Giles Goddard, Priest in Charge of St John’s Church, Waterloo.

BEING A BLACK MAN
3.15pm – 4.15pm, the Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Hip-hop artist Akala looks at the contradictory and complex ideas around Black masculinity; Senegalese musician and activist Baaba Maal discusses the tensions African men face; and Topher Campbell explores being black and gay in the UK.

CRASH AND BURN
3.15pm – 4.15pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Chaired by psychotherapist John McKeown.
What happens when your life hits the wall? The session specifically looks at the impact of depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, and how these issues could be shared and dealt with publicly in a compassionate and intelligent way.

MEN AND VIOLENCE
4.30pm – 5pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Michael Kaufman, activist and cofounder of the White Ribbon Campaign, gives a keynote on male violence against women and the responsibility of men to change and help change each other.

BEING A BLOKE
5pm – 6pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Chaired by John McKeown.
What do white, middle class, solvent, heterosexual, able-bodied men think being a man is all about? Billy Bragg, Nick Hornby and Wayne Hemingway discuss the bits they love, they bits they don’t, the bits they should be in conflict with but aren’t, and the internal conflicts they might not want to admit.