talks & debates

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.

This season documentarian Louis Theroux reflects on two decades of groundbreaking work and Lenny Henry takes us on a trip down memory lane. Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain talks cake and kids and comedian Sara Pascoe assesses what really matters to humans. We also welcome Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Dawkins, Hannah Gadsby and many more.

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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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7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to publication
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to...
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7:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
Hind Hassan, news reporter
3:00 pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Journalists Roula Khalaf, Hind Hassan and Heba Shibani reflect on their formidable reporting careers
Journalists Roula Khalaf, Hind Hassan and Heba Shibani reflect on their formidable reporting careers
Helen Seymour
Various times
Sat 26 Oct 2019
Various times | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Helen Seymour is struggling to keep her head above water in her very funny, very dark second solo show
Helen Seymour is struggling to keep her head above water in her very funny, very dark second solo...
Dame Julie Andrews, actress
2:30 pm
Sat 02 Nov 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 02 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
In a UK-exclusive event, the beloved star of stage and screen celebrates the publication of her memoir
In a UK-exclusive event, the beloved star of stage and screen celebrates the publication of her...
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Yara Rodrigues Fowler, novelist
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Jazzworks panel at Southbank Centre

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12:45 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
12:45 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
talks & debates
jazz & blues
Explore the current preventative tools and crisis services available to support the health of artists
Explore the current preventative tools and crisis services available to support the health of...
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4:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
talks & debates
jazz & blues
How far has the industry come in supporting artists of different genders?
How far has the industry come in supporting artists of different genders?
Malcolm Gladwell, journalist
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Bridget Riley, Paean (detail), 1973. Acrylic on canvas. 290.2 x 287.3 cm. © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.
7:00 pm
Wed 27 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 27 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art

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