Being A Man

Being A Man festival addresses the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. This year we looked at what it means to be a hero, from the artists who challenge expectations, to the heroism it takes to embrace your true identity.


2016 highlights

The 2016 festival traversed discussions and debates on everything from shared paternity leave to shyness and new leadership models, from video games and transgender identity to male suicide rates and the the constraints on the emotional lives of men and boys.

Our heroes this year included Professor Green, who in recent documentaries, has brought attention to a range of issues from homelessness to dangerous dogs, male suicide and depression; the founding fathers of hip hop, The Last Poets alongside Ashley Walters; trailblazing solo artist and frontman of Bloc Party, Kele Okereke; and Sir Roger Moore, who reflected candidly on stepping into the shoes of the ultimate on-screen hero, 007.

Shifting frontiers of masculinity

BAM explored the shifting frontiers of masculinity – and how it will affect us all. Across the three days a range of speakers reflected the abundant variety of modern masculinity, offering insights into the challenges men and boys face on subjects ranging from education, prison, grooming and everything in between, with guests from charities, industry, government and community initiatives.

Supported by the Pure Land Foundation

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Rapper and actor Ashley Walters (aka Asher D) opened Being A Man Festival 2016 in an honest discussion with Southbank Centre's Artistic Director Jude Kelly.
Rapper Professor Green opened our Being A Man festival 2016 speaking to Southbank Centre's Artistic Director Jude Kelly.

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