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Rituals and Seasons: Religion and Our Natural Life

22 Nov - 16 Dec
What do rituals, both ancient and contemporary, tell us about the way we construct meaning? Could religion help to tackle climate change? Come along to our last weekend in Belief and Beyond Belief, a festival which explores what it means to be human in the 21st century, featuring a varied programme of talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world.

This weekend’s talks bring together writers, faith and community leaders, academics and scientists to examine the relationship between humans and nature, both ancient and contemporary, and the religious and spiritual significance of rituals and seasons.

Hear from speakers including author Colm Tóibín.

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22 Nov 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 22 Nov 2017
The London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the seasons in a concert featuring pianist Beatrice Rana

24 Nov 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 24 Nov 2017
Hear Vivaldi’s evergreen The Four Seasons at this London Philharmonic Orchestra concert.

29 Nov 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 29 Nov 2017
Vladimir Jurowski, Julia Fischer and the LPO perform lush orchestral works

2 Dec 2017

Contemporary Classical
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 2 Dec 2017
City of London Sinfornia and Matthew Barley perform Sir John Taverner's The Protecting Veil.

16 Dec 2017

Literature
Religion & Beliefs
11:30 am, 16 Dec 2017
Join talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
11:30 am, 16 Dec 2017
Consider what rituals you hold dear, and why, at this event exploring how they impact human life
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
1:00 pm, 16 Dec 2017
Learn about the mystical, spiritual practice of Sufism, famously embraced by 13th-century poet Rumi
Literature
Talks & Topics
1:00 pm, 16 Dec 2017
Author Colm Tóibín discusses writing from Mary’s perspective in his novel The Testament of Mary
Talks & Topics
Nature & Environment
2:30 pm, 16 Dec 2017
Discover what role nature plays in the idea of the divine, and in religion, at this discussion
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
2:30 pm, 16 Dec 2017
Listen to a variety of experts as they address the central themes of Belief & Beyond Belief
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
4:00 pm, 16 Dec 2017
Explore the connection between climate change, religion, and the concept of belief at this talk
Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 16 Dec 2017
Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO celebrate with a Bach’s joyous Christmas Oratorio

This Saturday come and hear from writers, faith and community leaders, academics and scientists on Rituals and Seasons: Religion and Our Natural Life. Speakers include author Colm Tóibín.

Day Pass: £15 / £7.50 concessions

 

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