The Search for the Meaning of Life

16 Jan - 25 Jan
What place do religion, spirituality and belief hold for humans in 2017?Join the first part of our year-long festival, Belief and Beyond Belief, as we start our exploration of what it means to be human in the 21st century.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra begin the festival with concerts featuring music composed in the darkest times of humanity – World War 2 – by Martinů. Their Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski also conducts music from Vaughan Williams written at the end of his life, full of breathtaking ambition and light.

Centred around our theme of The Search for the Meaning of Life, we invite you to join speakers including Mona Siddiqui OBE; Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines; journalist Abdul Rehman Malik; Director of Communications for Exploring Islam Foundation, Remona Aly; and former Bishop of Edinburgh and author Richard Holloway, for a weekend of talks, debates and discussions.

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Classical music
Orchestra
21 Jan
Beethoven loved his only opera, Fidelio, more than anything he ever wrote – find out why

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Literature
22 Jan - 23 Jan
Join talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Literature
21 Jan - 23 Jan
Join our weekend of talks and debates on the search for meaning, as Belief and Beyond Belief begins
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
22 Jan
Sing, connect and be inspired in this secular congregation celebrating life
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
22 Jan
Take a tour through the world of mysticism

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Art
22 Jan
Join a series of activity-based workshops exploring your inner thoughts and feelings
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
22 Jan
Discover the origins of atheism as a philosophical worldview in this panel discussion
Talks & Topics
Health & Wellbeing
22 Jan
Explore if mindfulness can help us find meaning in our daily lives in this discussion
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
22 Jan
Hear a range of speakers tackle all kinds of topics from <em>Belief & Beyond Belief</em>
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
22 Jan
Debate whether the case of women in religion has progressed from ancient to present times

A weekend pass for Belief and Beyond Belief: The Search for the Meaning of Life 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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explore our themes

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