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. In this, the second of our trilogy, we turn the focus on talks centred on understanding the male identity.
A boy’s journey into manhood: Kevin Powell
Kevin Powell is an African-American writer of 12 books, a well-known political activist, and the co-founder of BK Nation, a new American civil rights and human rights organisation. He kicks off this year’s Being A Man festival in this conversation which centres on his critically acclaimed autobiography of the same name.
Class: boys and education
Social class can define the chances of young men and boys. This session takes a 360-degree look at education, from the challenges faced by working-class boys in state schools, to the atmosphere of bullying and outdated ideas of masculinity at private schools.
How not to be a boy: Robert Webb
Hear Robert Webb, famous as an actor and comedian, read from and discuss his funny, moving memoir. He looks at what happens when young boys are encouraged to suppress their true selves and behave in ways supposedly appropriate to their gender, as well as his own experience of fatherhood.
From Vikings to modern men: Nordic masculinity
Nordic countries tends to seen as more progressive and, perhaps, fairer, but what is the reality? In this conversation we hear from Ole Thorstensen, author of Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work and Nils Rune Utsi aka Slincraze, a Sami-Norwegian rapper who was the subject of award-winning documentary, Arctic Superstar.
Simon Amstell in conversation
Award-winning comedian Simon Amstell, who recently published a memoir called Help, muses on modern masculinity, from growing up as a young gay person in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest.
Beyond the headlines: masculinity in the Middle East
Hear a panel of Middle Eastern men, including Gulwali Passarlay, an Afghan political refugee currently residing in the UK, talk about what it means to be a man in the Middle East today, as well as looking at the experiences of those who have left their homelands.
More than male: sex, identity and masculinity
What does it mean to be gay, bisexual, transgender or queer today? Hear a panel of speakers discuss their relationship with sexuality and identity at this celebration of the pluralities of modern sexual and gender identity.
What makes a man?
In this event, artist Mahtab Hussain (pictured) and poet Kayo Chingonyi get to the heart of what it is that men and boys use to construct their identities. What initiation rituals must they go through, and when can they call themselves men?
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.