Plan your festival: Being A Man for the creatively minded

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Monday, November 13, 2017 - 17:26

Being A Man 2017 features three days that are packed with talks, debates and performances covering a vast number of topics to do with 21st-century masculinity.

To help our day and weekend pass holders plan what to see, we’ve put together a series of guides, around themes within the festival. This final post in our trilogy turns the focus on events which are great if you are interested in various aspects of creativity.


The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 3.30pm

From Grime to classical: men and music

Jeffrey Boayke, author of Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime, and Nils Rune Utsi aka Slincraze, a Sami-Norwegian rapper who was the subject of award-winning documentary Arctic Superstar, talk about how music shapes masculine identity.

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Royal Festival Hall, 12 noon

From migrant to moviestar: Dheepan’s Antonythasan Jesuthasan

Antonythasan Jesuthasan’s route to movie stardom is an incredible story. Hear him discuss his life at this special event, which also features scenes from the Palme d’Or winning film Dheepan.

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The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 1.15pm

Men in the media

How are perceptions of what it means to be a man reinforced by the media? Find out as a panel, including photographer Mahtab Hussain, debates the way that the media challenges and channels masculinity.

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Level 3 Function Room, Level 3, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall at 1.15pm

Poetry workshop with Kayo Chingonyi

This session focuses on expressing those thoughts and feelings that men are discouraged from admitting, as participants look at the possibilities of the poem as letter.

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Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall at 12 noon

Alan Hollinghurst: The Sparsholt Affair

Don’t miss the Booker Prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst in this conversation about writing, creativity and his latest novel, The Sparsholt Affair.

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St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall at 1.45 pm

Men who make things

Carpenter and author Ole Thorstensen leads a panel discussion about the joy of making things, from the smallest woodworking project to building a skyscraper.

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The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 1.45 pm

Men and creativity

What is the relationship between masculinity and creativity? Hear from creative men about the things that inspire them and how they explore masculinity in their art.

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Being A Man takes place at Southbank Centre from 24 – 26 November, 2017. To get the most out of this year’s festival, buy a day or weekend pass to see all of the events mentioned above, and more.

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This is the third and final of our guides to this year’s Being A Man festival. For an alternate view of the weekend's events take a look at our two previous guides.

BAM for the politically minded

BAM for those interested in male identity