The Search for the Meaning of Life: Saturday Pass

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Come to the opening day of Belief and Beyond Belief festival. Buy a pass for access to our talks on religion and belief. This weekend, you can hear from writers, faith and community leaders, academics and scientists on The Search for the Meaning of Life.

On Saturday, speakers include Mona Siddiqui OBE; Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines; Abdul Rehman Malik; former Bishop of Edinburgh, author Richard Holloway; and Chetna King MBBS MRCPsych.

What’s It All About? The Search For The Meaning of Life
11.30am – 12.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Why are we here and what’s it all about? A panel of writers, religious leaders and experts delve into the ways humanity has sought to understand the mysteries of existence, and live a good life.

Speech-to-Text-transcribed and British Sign Language-interpreted

Loving Your Neighbour: Meaning and Community
1pm – 2pm, Weston Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Many religions teach the importance of community, and loving your neighbour. But how easy is it in the modern world to practice what these religions preach? A panel of faith and community leaders discuss their commitment to helping others, and the challenges along the way.

British Sign Language-interpreted

Losing My Religion: Faith and Doubt
1pm – 2pm, Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall
In a Western world that increasingly values questioning and doubt, we question what the challenges are for people who believe. In a candid and illuminating discussion, former Bishop of Edinburgh and author, Richard Holloway, discusses his struggles with religion and takes us on a journey through its history.


How To Be A Shaman: Searching For Meaning In Indigenous Religion
2.30pm – 3.30pm, Weston Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Often eclipsed by major faiths, thousands of indigenous religions exist around the world today. Many stretch back for centuries, and are rooted in a close relationship between people and place. Discover the world of indigenous religion and find out what lessons can be drawn from these unique belief systems.

British Sign Language-interpreted

All In The Mind: Neuroscience and Belief
2.30pm – 3.30pm, Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall
What can neuroscience tell us about the brain of a believer? A panel of neuroscientists, psychologists and scientists with religious beliefs discuss what neuroscience and cutting edge research can tell us about the brain chemistry of belief.


Does Struggle Give Life Meaning?
4pm – 5pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Leading academic and religion commentator, Mona Siddiqui OBE delivers a keynote address. How have Muslim and Christian thinkers reflected on the theme of human struggle, suffering and hope? Should struggle be embraced as an opportunity for spiritual purification and growth, and should we accept it as an inevitable part of being human?

Speech-to-Text-transcribed and British Sign Language-interpreted

The Sea Is an Edge and an Ending
12.35pm, 2.05pm, 3.35pm & 5.15pm, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Royal Festival Hall
Watch a short film that delves into what it means to lose your memory, and for your sense of self to come loose, with the past floating free. Written and directed by poet Lavinia Greenlaw, the film carries echoes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in its study of a man under a kind of spell, whose child must observe his strange and terrifying liberation.

Various venues across Southbank Centre site

11.30am – 5pm

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