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How To Be Good: Gurus, Gods and Guidance

23 Sep - 21 Oct
For centuries, religious teachings have given guidance to believers on finding a virtuous path through life. But the modern world has thrown up challenges to these age old moral codes which question their relevance today.

In the absence of commandments carved in stone, or dictated direct from the divine, where will we look to for guidance on life’s burning questions? From abortion to gay marriage, we explore the issues which clash with religious teaching, and hear from believers and non-believers on how they find a sense of morality in the modern world.

Our partner orchestra for Belief and Beyond Belief festival is the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They explore these themes alongside other concerts from the Southbank Centre programme.

Concerts to be announced in January 2017.

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Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:50
The composer and Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music gives an in-depth guide to Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:52
We hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, its political significance and more about the composer
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:08
Listen to a selection of music for a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
Electronic
Folk & World
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:59
Yep, change your life. Here's your guide to what promises to be an unforgettable 10 days.
Electronic
Rock & Pop
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:39
Soulwax and grime superstar Giggs are among the newly added acts
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:55
Experience Nordic children’s storytelling our Swedish-inspired Room for Children
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:18
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance.
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:34
We hear from Canon Rosie Harper ahead of her panel discussion at Belief and Beyond Belief festival
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:20
Hear the two artitsts speak about a work influenced by drumming music from Ghana
Art
Artists & Thinkers
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:13
Presented by Hayward Gallery, the new billboard commission, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal

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Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 24 Apr 2017
A 'superb and serious' organist ( The Guardian), Stephen Farr champions contemporary music

26 Apr 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 26 Apr 2017
Hear music by Wagner and Bruckner's Symphony No.7 at this concert, conducted by Marek Janowski

27 Apr 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 27 Apr 2017
Hear George Haas' "in vain", an extraordinary work where darkness and light collide

28 Apr 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 28 Apr 2017
From JS Bach to Richard Strauss, the LPO performs transcendence-seeking works inspired by faith

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

30 Apr 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
3:15 pm, 30 Apr 2017
Witness a live reading of Primo Levi’s powerful account of survival at Auschwitz

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
Talks & Topics
11:30 am, 6 May 2017
A weekend of talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Literature
Talks & Topics
11:30 am, 6 May 2017 - 8 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
Politics & History
2:30 pm, 6 May 2017
Find out how religion functions behind bars
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
2:30 pm, 6 May 2017
Hear a range of speakers tackle all kinds of topics from Belief & Beyond Belief
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
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
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 7 May 2017
Join talks and debates on 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

This Saturday come and hear from writers, faith and community leaders, academics and scientists on How To Be Good: Gurus, Gods and Guidance

Day Pass: £15 / £7.50 concessions

 

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This festival is comprised of a series of themes, find out more about them below.

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Crosley Record Player

Cardboard Radio

Royal Festival Hall Cushion
Beethovens Missa Solemnis Recording

LPO Beethoven's Missa Solemnis