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Our year-round programme of talks and debates showcases leading thinkers, activists, politicians and cultural observers. Be stimulated by new thoughts and ideas, or challenged to see the world with fresh eyes by today’s most exciting speakers.

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Perhaps you don’t recognise that you have power but if you’re doing something to try to make a change you are already exercising power.
Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder of Ballet Black, speaking at Southbank Centre in 2018
The paradox of the last 20 years has been that we have increased our communication, its frequency, participants and methods to do so. But instead of taking this opportunity to produce a clear picture of the world, the content of that information, and what we actually know, is decreasing.
Yannis Varoufakis, speaking at Southbank Centre in 2015

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Kader Attia, Measure and Control, 2013
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking work
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking...
Man Booker 50 headshots
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The Man Booker winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy
The Man Booker winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy
Dancers in The Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

10:00 am
Wed 27 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Classical Dance
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers
C Cane, musician

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Gigs
Talks & Topics
Heard the female MCs, presenters and producers who are changing grime? Now’s the time to start
Heard the female MCs, presenters and producers who are changing grime? Now’s the time to start
Paul Burston_Polari_image_credit_justin david
7:30 pm
Tue 05 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Mar 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
Step into spring with Polari, welcoming the return of Maureen Duffy to its beloved literary stage
Step into spring with Polari, welcoming the return of Maureen Duffy to its beloved literary stage
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer
7:30 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The world’s greatest living explorer in conversation with fellow adventurer Bear Grylls
The world’s greatest living explorer in conversation with fellow adventurer Bear Grylls
Drawing of Women
8:00 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Literature
Poetry
Explore, experiment, celebrate difference and make noise with the all-women’s sound and performance collective
Explore, experiment, celebrate difference and make noise with the all-women’s sound and...
Audience in the Royal Festival Hall
2:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
2:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Consider the state of the nation for women and girls - now
Consider the state of the nation for women and girls - now
Jo Brand, comedian
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Literature
Writers
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
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Angela Davis, political activist, academic and author
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear from legendary activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis on International Women's Day at WOW
Hear from legendary activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis on International Women's Day at...

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