Robert Webb in discussion with Nihal Arthanayake

Being a Man 2017 | Festival Round Up


Being A Man

24 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017

Being A Man festival addresses the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century.

For 2017, its fourth year, we asked what makes a man? And, via discussions about masculinity and power, Nordic masculinity, male identity and fatherhood, bullying, porn, teenage knife crime and music, to name just a few, we tried to find the answer.

Speakers at this year's festival included Simon Amstell, the award-winning comedian and former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks; Robert Webb the comedian, Peep Show-star and now memoirist; American race and women's rights activist Kevin Powell; the Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst, famous for chronicling gay life in modern Britain; and the refugee-turned-moviestar Antonythasan Jesuthasan.

Alongside the festival talks programme there were also opportunities to see a range of free performances, including beat-boxing and contemporary dance, and get involved in activities such as playful gender equality workshops for 7 - 10 year olds, building your dad out of LEGO® and woodwork and DIY with Men in Sheds.

Being A Man 2017 was supported by Gillette, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Pure​land Foundation.

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