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For Good or For Ill: How Has Religion Shaped Society?

29 Apr - 22 Jun
How can we measure the many contributions religious communities make to culture?From music and art, to science and social cohesion, we debate what contributions religion has made to society and how those weigh up against issues such as discrimination and violence committed in the name of a God.

We welcome back the Colin Currie Group who perform Steve Reich’s Tehillim, which incorporates both driving rhythms and vocals inspired by the ritual chanting of the Hebrew Bible at synagogue.

Our partner orchestra for the festival, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with its world-embracing climax, Ode to Joy.

This is the fifth part of our year-long festival, Belief and Beyond Belief, and our last before a break for the summer.

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29 Apr

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
29 Apr
Explore two masterworks from Steve Reich, which were inspired by human rituals

5 May

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
5 May
The Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals perform music by Steve Reich

6 May

Literature
Religion & Beliefs
6 May
A weekend of talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
6 May
Come along to this discussion on religion’s contribution to human progress
Literature
Religion & Beliefs
6 May - 7 May
A weekend of talks and events exploring religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
6 May
Discuss how we can unite to make positive change in society
Talks & Topics
Disability & Inclusivity
6 May
Discuss whether we are all equal in the eyes of God in this panel discussion
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
6 May
Hear a range of speakers tackle all kinds of topics from Belief & Beyond Belief
Talks & Topics
Politics & History
6 May
Find out how religion functions behind bars
Talks & Topics
Business & Economics
6 May
We look into how religion affects political life in one of the world’s most powerful countries

Our weekend pass for Belief and Beyond Belief: For Good or For Ill: How Has Religion Shaped Society? gives you access to talks, panels, and debates throughout the Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

Weekend Pass: £25

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Day Passes: £15 / £7.50 concessions

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