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Level 5 Function Room
Tongue Tied & Twisted blasts Indian storytelling into the 21st century combining the talents of PKCtheFirst and Peter Chand.
Explore our fascination with Shakespeare in translation – in terms of both language and cultural context.
Green Bar, Level 4
Meet Hussain Manawer.
Hosted by Mariam Khan
Malala Yousafzai's memoir was written with journalist Christina Lamb when she was 15 years old
Take your first steps to becoming a storyteller.
Blue Room, Spirit Level
Shakespeare's great tragedy is performed in Nepali, in this collaboration with Kathmandu's Theatre Village
Explore a poetic form inspired by Marcel Duchamp's approach to visual art at this exhibition.
A Little Literary Adventure for Children
Hear from three writers who tell stories for children.
Presented by The British Council
Poets from India and the UK reinterpret some of the Bard's classic works in this entertaining international 'Sonnet Exchange'.
In Partnership with BBC Asian Network
So you've decided you want a career in media, music or the entertainment industries
St. Paul’s Pavilion
Join Margo Jefferson for a discussion of race and power in the light of the present political moment.
With Inderjit Puaar
Hop on board for an illustration workshop with Bradley the bus.
Make up marvellous things, tell fabulous lies and use your amazing imagination
NAPA Repertory Theatre
The Clore Ballroom
Shakespeare's joyous The Winter's Tale is performed in Urdu by Karachi's famous NAPA Repertory Theatre.
Folktale Workshop for Children
Discover some of South Asia's best folktales and their magnificent cast of animals
Svetlana Alexievich in Conversation
Royal Festival Hall
Explore the human stories behind the defining conflicts of our times with a new Nobel Prize for Literature winner.
It’s on the tip of your tongue
with Greg Mosse
How are you telling your story? Is there a narrator? Is it in the first or the third person? In the fifth of 12 monthly workshops, creative writin ...
Honour the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death at an evening of new poetry influenced by his work.
Join LGBT literary salon Polari as it launches into Festival of Love with amorous intent
Lindy West has been hailed by Lena Dunham as an ‘essential (and hilarious) voice for women’.
Catch Don DeLillo, one of the greatest living American novelists, in a rare public appearance.
with the Fire Poet, Philip Wells
Learn how to add fire to your verse with poet Philip Wells.
What rhymes with rug?
What rhymes with rug?
Hear the best from the popular spoken-word night
with Vanessa Woolf and Guests
An afternoon of storytelling for children, families and adults.
A Meltdown Special for Refugee Week
What are the distinguishing details of your story? In the sixth of 12 monthly workshops, creative writing teacher Greg Mosse explains how to add t ...
The Future of Giving
You can now give to charity at the click of a mouse, but does this ease feed a broken system?
Why does the future of the global economy still look so uncertain, eight years after the crash?Growth has failed to meet expectations among establ ...
Gamble on the power of words, in a casino of ideas
Gamble on the power of words in a casino of ideas.
Katherine Boo and Sunil Khilnani
Take a look under the surface of the world’s largest democracy.
What You Need to Know about The Ring Cycle
The first day of an in-depth course exploring Wagner's Ring Cycle
The Future of Work
Are you ready to embrace the rise of the machines?Artificial intelligence and specialised robots are transforming the workplace at an ever-faster rate
They Are Here
Are you curious about the flow of money in the modern world?Artist collective They Are Here invite you to informally talk with representatives of ...
The Pay Gap at Home and Abroad
How would you guess the UK stacks up against its international competitors on pay day?If you were working the same job abroad, would you bring mor ...
Tales from the pink bus
Ayesha Hazarika was a top political adviser to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.
Keynote by Tariq Ali
Around the world, inequality is rising.
What You Need to Know about The Ring Cycle
The second day of an in-depth course exploring Wagner's Ring Cycle
Is Austerity Outdated?
The question of public versus private sector has largely defined the post-war political debate.
Are university fees causing the class divide to widen?Does the door to a degree now look closed to those from poorer backgrounds?Or does the real ...
with Subjectivity UK
How do money and education affect the power we possess as individuals?What differences exist between the expectations and the realities of higher ...
Simon Sebag Montefiore on the Romanov Dynasty
Look into the history of the most successful dynasty of the last several centuries.
Hear from a panel including political refugee Gulwali Passarlay and journalist Charlotte McDonald-Gibson about the plight of those seeking refuge ...
What role do dynasties play in the politics of the United States? The ongoing US presidential race has been full of surprises, but one element of ...
Explore the evolving nature of protest in the age of ‘clicktivism’
The Genetic and Social Causes of Inequality
What are the factors that determine our chances in life?
A Keynote Address by Slavoj Zizek
Philosopher Slavoj Žižek delves into Wagner’s tale of forbidden knowledge in this keynote address,Cultural theorist and philosopher Slavoj Žižek, ...
Yeonmi Park on her Family\'s Flight to Freedom
Yeonmi Park grew up under famine and dictatorship in North Korea.
Storytelling Tent with Opera North
Join an interactive music and storytelling workshop for families
The Origins and Human Cost of Mass Violence
Join writer AL Kennedy and barrister Philippe Sands QC as they discuss the impact of war crimes.
In politics and religion alike, extremist views challenge and even define the mainstream.
A keynote address by Anthony Anaxagorou
Explore the role poetry has played in world history with poet Anthony Anaxagorou.
Citizen: An American Lyric
An Independence Day-themed book club discussion of Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric.
Find out how our concert organ has been affected by Royal Festival Hall's acoustic refurbishment
A panel of four queer UK poets discuss how identity and politics shapes their work.
Celebrate the launch of The Homeless Library and participate in a poetry and book-making workshop.
Poetry Workshop with Richard Scott
Level 3 Function Room
Do you struggle to write about love? Would you like some tips on writing love poetry that better expresses how you feel?
Enlist in this workshop to learn about setting stories in wartime contexts.
Experience powerful first-person stories of Britain's homeless through this illuminating book, poetry and art collection.
Drop in to the family workshops of our Festival of Love opening weekend.
Explore modern friendships in a performance that’s part game show, part love story and part lecture.
Help choose a book for our Young Adult Book Club, then come and chat about it
5x15 presents in association with Southbank Centre
Poetry and politics meet in a conversation between Ben Okri and Jeremy Corbyn.
Watch and laugh as four authors compete in a read-off that’s as ruthless as it is uproarious
Catch some of the UK's brightest queer literary talents at LGBT salon Polari.
What’s the chronology of your story? Does it all add up? In the seventh of 12 monthly workshops, creative writing teacher Greg Mosse explains how ...
Change Makers 2016
Hear from Southbank Centre's Change Makers for 2016, in a series of talks, workshops and performances.
Discover the power of Greek poetry, past and present.
A night of spoken word with brilliant female poets
Octavia Collective return to Southbank Centre for an evening of poetry.
Strive is all about unleashing your creativity, trying something new and being inspired.
'Half a Yellow Sun' Ten Years On
Reflect on the challenges of keeping love alive in times of war with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
by Zdenka Fantlova
Hear the story of Zdenka Fantlova, one of the handful of Holocaust survivors still alive today.
Heat up your romantic fiction with the help of this workshop.
What are the key scenes of your story? Do they pack enough punch? In the eighth of 12 monthly workshops, creative writing teacher Greg Mosse expla ...
Enjoy an all-singing, all-dancing guide to Indian classical music over five sessions
Learn how to unpick the rich tapestry of history then weave it anew in this workshop.
Listen as legendary sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan reflects on his 50-year career
The Poetry Event of the Year
See the nation’s most coveted poetry prizes awarded live on stage.
How does your story end? With a bang or a whimper? In the ninth of 12 monthly workshops, creative writing teacher Greg Mosse explains how to devis ...
Kubrick In Depth
Stanley Kubrick was perhaps the most musical of all film-makers.
with writer and performer, Femi Martin
‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
A panel of authors read and discuss tales inspired by refugees.
Hear from a panel of authors about the dangers and delights of desire.
Two great Irish writers read from their new novels and discuss the often unexpected consequences of love.
How the Powerful Hide Their Wealth
The Panama Papers revealed how the powerful use shady offshore companies to avoid paying tax.
The Future of Sex, Prostitution and Porn
Is the sex industry changing the future of sex?
Power in the Age of Obama and Black Lives Matter
Hear provocative insights into literature, history and the most pressing issues of the present.
Living in the Future and Longing for the Past
Michel Faber discusses exploring the future through fiction and honouring the past through poetry.
Olivia Laing, Megan Bradbury and Teju Cole
Meet three writers who are mapping psychological landscapes of loneliness in New York City.
in partnership with DSC Prize
Our panel of writers consider dating, marriage, divorce and LGBT lives in contemporary South Asia.
Are all your ideas in order for the NaNoWriMo challenge? In the tenth of 12 monthly workshops, creative writing teacher Greg Mosse explains how to ...
A day for professionals who work with young people
Join a day of WHY? festival events, inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Explore the relationship between composer, musician and audience at this international conference.
La Mer In Depth
Debussy's mighty depiction of the sea is at the heart of this study day
On the second day of Allhallowtide, explore the spooky side of fiction.