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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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Installation view of Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, Blue 2016, at Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery 2018
Various times
until 6 Jan 2019
Various times | until 6 Jan 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space
Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that...
Aleksandra Mir Presents the Pre-Presidential Library

Free

Free

Various times
7 Jan 2019 - 7 Feb 2019
Various times | 7 Jan 2019 - 7 Feb 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
7 JAN - 7 FEB 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition featuring US tabloid coverage of Donald Trump, from 1986 to 2000
7 JAN - 7 FEB 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition featuring US tabloid coverage of Donald...
Illustration for The World Around Us at Southbank Centre
10:30 am
Sun 13 Jan 2019
10:30 am | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and join the Orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe
Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and join the Orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe
Headshot of  Jeremy Noel-Tod
2:00 pm
Sun 13 Jan 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
 Julie Cohen holding an umbrella in a cemetery
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Kader Attia, Measure and Control, 2013
11:00 am
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
11:00 am | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking work
13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking...
Stacey Dooley, documentary filmmaker and author
7:30 pm
Wed 13 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 13 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Uncover stories from incredible women with the BBC3 presenter on the publication of her paperback
Uncover stories from incredible women with the BBC3 presenter on the publication of her paperback
Unavailable
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the first seven years of the influential photographer’s career
13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the first seven years of the influential...
The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.
7:00 pm
Thu 14 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 14 Feb 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
Hear from a panel chaired by arts writer Liz Jobey on the rarely seen early work of Diane Arbus
Hear from a panel chaired by arts writer Liz Jobey on the rarely seen early work of Diane Arbus
VG Lee, author
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle

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Leïla Slimani: Adèle

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Leïla Slimani, writer
4 Feb
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
25 Feb
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The Man Booker winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy
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