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How Do We Live with Death?

22 Feb - 25 Mar
Does modern society distance us from our own mortality? And how are we able to live with the death of a loved one without the promise of seeing them in an afterlife?Death and taxes unite us all, so join us for an exploration of the way that death affects our life, an issue with which thinkers, artists and composers have long struggled.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra showcases works including Berg’s Violin Concerto, dedicated to ‘the memory of an angel’, which conveys a bottomless depth of personal loss. They also perform the monumental centrepiece to their year of Belief and Beyond Belief concerts, with Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, a work which struggles and laments towards redemption.

The composer is at the festival to introduce the work and speak through his inspirations. Plus the BBC Concert Orchestra perform music for film and theatre which explores the representation of death and spirituality.

On the weekend of Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 March, speakers including Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, and Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer, join together for talks, panels and debates covering topics such as whether we have the right to die, burial rites, apocalyptic religions and the way to immortality.

This is the third part of Belief and Beyond Belief, our year-long festival exploring religion, spirituality, belief and the world.

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22 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
22 Feb
Patricia Kopatchinskaja unlocks the secrets of Berg's Violin Concerto at this LPO concert

25 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
25 Feb
The BBC Concert Orchestra explores the representation of death in music for film and theatre

4 Mar

Free

Art
4 Mar - 5 Mar
Come see an exhibition of elaborate, customised replica ‘Crazy Coffins’
Literature
4 Mar - 5 Mar
Join talks and debates on living with death at the third Belief & Beyond Belief weekend
Literature
Religion & Beliefs
4 Mar - 6 Mar
An exploration of religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Nature & Environment
4 Mar
Come along to this discussion on religion’s contribution to human progress

Free

Literature
Poetry
4 Mar - 5 Mar
Write a humorous commemoration for someone you love – while they are here to hear it
Teacher teaching a young girl at a craft workshop

Free

Art
4 Mar - 5 Mar
Contribute to a growing collaborative installation of love for people you’ve lost or miss
Two young boys being taught by a teacher at a craft workshop

Free

Art
4 Mar - 5 Mar
Craft a model viking burial boat with a message to a loved one and contribute to a growing fleet

Free

Art
4 Mar
Join this workshop to decorate a coffin in the style of cultures which celebrate the end of life

Our weekend pass for Belief and Beyond Belief: The Quick and the Dead – How Do We Live With Death? 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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