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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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

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

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

13 May 2017

Classical music
Opera
12:00 pm, 13 May 2017
Take an in-depth look at Bartók's cruel and brilliant opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle

19 May 2017

Free

Talks & Topics
6:00 pm, 19 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
Join us in the Archive Studio to get hands-on with our collection on sitar master Ravi Shankar

20 May 2017

Literature
Talks & Topics
11:00 am, 20 May 2017
Start your day with Mohammed Hanif as he gives insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes and dilemmas
Literature
Talks & Topics
11:45 am, 20 May 2017
Explore characters and fictions inspired by exile and displacement with Kamila Shamsie and others
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
11:45 am, 20 May 2017
Discuss the legislations around transgender people and women in Pakistan
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
11:45 am, 20 May 2017
Hear from directors, filmmakers, documentarians and designers on the Pakistani Renaissance

Free

Talks & Topics
6:00 pm, 19 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
Join us in the Archive Studio to get hands-on with our collection on sitar master Ravi Shankar
Literature
Talks & Topics
1:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Speakers weigh up the challenge of portraying Pakistan’s gender and class divide in fiction
Talks & Topics
1:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Debate the dangers of poor provision in a talk with educations, entrepreneurs and experts
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
2:00 pm, 20 May 2017
Tez Ilyas, comedian and star of TEZ Talks, hosts a debate on diversity in the arts