talks & debates

Southbank Centres Talks & debates events take in artists and thinkers from Grayson Perry to Stephen Hawking and Angela Davis, discussing everything from their seminal works to the hot topics of the day including: Literature, Global culture & ethnicity, Gender politics & equality, Love & sexuality and more. Shocking, revealing, exploratory but always stimulating, our talks and debates events set brilliant minds free on big issues.

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16 Jan - 16 Dec
Religion & Beliefs
Talks & Topics

Throughout 2017, Southbank Centre and the London Philharmonic Orchestra present a new festival which explores what it means to be human. Belief...

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24 May
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers

Join us for a discussion on the role of art and activism in creating social change in South Asia. It is led by key individuals who negotiate the...

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NatWest Alchemy - An interview with a Cricketer

Free

Talks & Topics
4:00 pm, 28 May 2017
Hear Mark Ramprakash and Owais Shah discuss cricket’s role in the South Asian community

6 Jun 2017

Literature
Poetry
7:30 pm, 6 Jun 2017
Susan Wilkins headlines London’s beloved literary salon this month

10 Jun 2017

Photo of a talk to promote Where next for music? at Southbank Centre

Free

Talks & Topics
Business & Economics
1:00 pm, 10 Jun 2017
What can we expect from the music industry in the years to come?

11 Jun 2017

M.I.A., Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam

Free

Urban
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 11 Jun 2017
Hear from M.I.A. herself about her path into the music industry

13 Jun 2017

Photo from Violet Nights event at Southbank Centre

Free

Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
7:30 pm, 13 Jun 2017
What do you need to do to sell a record these days?

18 Jun 2017

Photo of a mobile phone to promote Technology and the Refugee Crisis at Southbank Centre

Free

Literature
Talks & Topics
1:00 pm, 18 Jun 2017
Listen to a talk on the creative possibilities and limitations of technology in the refugee crisis

24 Jun 2017

Classical music
Opera
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Discover how Alfred Hitchock used music to help create some of the most tense films ever made

7 Jul 2017

Audience laughing

Free

Talks & Topics
1:30 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Join our composers’ Q&A to find out more about how they work

13 Jul 2017

Literature
Talks & Topics
7:30 pm, 13 Jul 2017
Laurie Penny reads from her new book and discusses staying hopeful in today’s world

15 Jul 2017

Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017
How is Africa leading the way in thinking about activism, the arts and fashion? Find out in a day of talks and more
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017 - 17 Jul 2017
Get access to talks, debates and workshops for the entire Africa Utopia weekend
Talks & Topics
11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017
Join our discussion about African nations in the new global landscape
Talks & Topics
1:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Explore the screenwriter and director's approach to telling Black stories on the big screen
Talks & Topics
1:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Hear from young Africans who are leading the way in everything from tech to fashion and activism
Talks & Topics
2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Hear how technology is rapidly reshaping culture and society in Africa
Literature
Talks & Topics
2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Discover the diverse styles making East Africa a literary powerhouse
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
4:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Join this discussion on the struggle women experience as political and economic leaders

16 Jul 2017

Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
11:30 am, 16 Jul 2017
Spend a day discovering art and ideas from across Africa and the diaspora in talks, debates and workshops
Talks & Topics
11:30 am, 16 Jul 2017
Take a look at a snapshot of the biggest Africa-related headlines and stories
Talks & Topics
1:30 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Explore what it means to be an African man in the diaspora
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
12:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Explore the riverside’s African and Caribbean history in this interactive tour
Talks & Topics
3:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Get tips on growing your brand and audience on social media
Audience at Talk

Free

Performance
Talks & Topics
7:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Look into the intersection between race and queerness in our monthly night for young people

31 Jul 2017

Literature
Poetry
7:30 pm, 31 Jul 2017
Alys Fowler headlines Polari’s first summer read of 2017

10 Aug 2017

Free

Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
11:00 am, 10 Aug 2017
What does a festival that celebrates young people’s ability to make change through the arts look like?