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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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Orchestra on stage
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Tue 26 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Tue 26 Mar 2019
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South-eastern sounds: over 1,000 performers from the London Borough of Bexley showcase their talent
South-eastern sounds: over 1,000 performers from the London Borough of Bexley showcase their talent
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Sat 30 Mar 2019
Various times | Sat 30 Mar 2019
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A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
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Illustration for A World of Magic at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 28 Apr 2019
Various times | Sun 28 Apr 2019
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Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute
Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute

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One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
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