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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 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
12:00 pm, 29 Apr 2017
Explore two masterworks from Steve Reich, which were inspired by human rituals
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
12:00 pm, 29 Apr 2017
Explore two masterworks from Steve Reich, which were inspired by human rituals

5 May 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 5 May 2017
The Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals perform music by Steve Reich

6 May 2017

Literature
Religion & Beliefs
11:30 am, 6 May 2017
A weekend of talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Literature
Religion & Beliefs
11:30 am, 6 May 2017 - 7 May 2017
A weekend of talks and events exploring religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
11:30 am, 6 May 2017
Come along to this discussion on religion’s contribution to human progress
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
1:00 pm, 6 May 2017
Discuss how we can unite to make positive change in society
Talks & Topics
Disability & Inclusivity
1:00 pm, 6 May 2017
Discuss whether we are all equal in the eyes of God in this panel discussion
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
2:30 pm, 6 May 2017
Hear a range of speakers tackle all kinds of topics from Belief & Beyond Belief
Talks & Topics
Politics & History
2:30 pm, 6 May 2017
Find out how religion functions behind bars
Talks & Topics
Business & Economics
4:00 pm, 6 May 2017
We look into how religion affects political life in one of the world’s most powerful countries
audience members at a Pre-Concert Talk

Free

Classical music
6:15 pm, 6 May 2017
Dr Benjamin Walton leads a discussion on how Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 May 2017
Hear Beethoven's Ninth – not just another symphony, but an experience with the power to change lives

7 May 2017

Literature
Religion & Beliefs
12:00 pm, 7 May 2017
Join talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Literature
Religion & Beliefs
11:30 am, 6 May 2017 - 7 May 2017
A weekend of talks and events exploring religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Health & Wellbeing
1:30 pm, 7 May 2017
We discuss the intersections between clothing and religion
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
1:30 pm, 7 May 2017
Take a tour through the history of Christianity in this conversation with experts
Talks & Topics
Politics & History
3:00 pm, 7 May 2017
Discuss whether the actions of some is affecting the belief of others in an illuminating discussion
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
3:00 pm, 7 May 2017
We hear from a range of faith leaders and educators about religion in the classroom
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
4:30 pm, 7 May 2017
Meet the women of faith who are leading their communities and making the world a better place

22 Jun 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 22 Jun 2017
Royal Academy of Music students perform Mahler's monumental Second Symphony

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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