Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Talks & debates

What's It All About? The Search For The Meaning Of Life

Part of With God on Our Side… Religion and War

Why are we here and what’s it all about? A panel of experts shine a light on the mysteries of life.

Is there a purpose to our existence and do we only get one life to work it out? Can religious belief provide us with the answers to these eternal questions, or can meaning be found beyond scriptures and in our day to day lives?

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.

The panel includes:

- Mona Siddiqui OBE, leading academic and expert on religion, whose most recent book is Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s name

- Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh who fell out with the church in 2000 and whose most recent book is A Little History of Religion;

- Nick Baines, who is Bishop of Leeds and also known as ‘The Blogging Bishop’

- Dr Chetna Kang, a consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and priest in the Hindu tradition of Bhakti Yoga. She is on the Executive Committee for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality in Psychiatry SIG and is on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Engagement Editorial Board. For the past three years she has presented a weekly radio show on BBC 3CR called Shrink Wrapped and also features on Radio Four's Thought for the Day and Beyond Belief.

The conversation will be chaired by Abdul Rehman Malik, broadcaster, educator and programme manager of The Radical Middle Way, an organisation that supports young Muslims and promotes social justice.

Dates & times

This event has passed.


The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


Included in Pass

need to know

This event is included in both the Saturday and Weekend Passes, and is part of The Search for the Meaning of Life Weekend.

BSL Interpretation
This talk is British Sign Language-interpreted.

Speech-to-Text Transcription
This talk is Speech-to-Text-transcribed.

Concessionary access tickets and specific seating requirements can be arranged through our free Access Scheme.
To join the scheme or find out more, email or call the Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200.

before & after

Exterior view of Wagamama, Southbank Centre
Inspired by canteen-style Japanese noodle bars, Wagamama delivers lively pan-Asian food
Hot dogs from Oh My Dog! at Southbank Centre
When was the last time a hot dog made you say Oh My Dog!?

shop music

Crosley Record Player

Royal Festival Hall Cushion

Cardboard Radio
Beethovens Missa Solemnis Recording

LPO Beethoven's Missa Solemnis