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.

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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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12:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
talks & debates
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Karen Armstrong, author
7:15 pm
Mon 03 Jun 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 03 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
Nicholas Hlobo, artist
7:00 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
7:00 pm
Fri 12 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 12 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender...

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3 Jun
literature & poetry
talks & debates
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
29 May
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The master storyteller reflects on reinventing the modern classic Good Omens for the screen
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podcast
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures with Akala and David Olusoga
story
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture