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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 & exhibitions
talks & debates
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s urgent, poetic and political work
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s urgent, poetic and...
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, writer

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 25 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 25 Apr 2019
talks & debates
The Windrush scandal shocked a nation, but what do young people think about it?
The Windrush scandal shocked a nation, but what do young people think about it?
12:00 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
talks & debates
courses & workshops
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
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Writer, Hisham Matar
7:15 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the themes of his work, from memory and family to war and repair
Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the themes of his work, from memory and family to war and...
Kit de Waal, writer
7:30 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
What does it mean to be working class in Britain today?
What does it mean to be working class in Britain today?
Bryony Gordon, journalist
2:30 pm
Sat 04 May 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 04 May 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Self-respect? Love and confidence? You got this. The author shares her fabulous, fearless guide for teens
Self-respect? Love and confidence? You got this. The author shares her fabulous, fearless guide for...
Rose McGowan, author and activist
7:30 pm
Sat 04 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 04 May 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The actor and activist discusses her life and the realities of exposing the truth about injustice
The actor and activist discusses her life and the realities of exposing the truth about injustice
11:00 am
Fri 10 May 2019
11:00 am | Fri 10 May 2019
talks & debates
courses & workshops
Our 7,866-pipe organ reveals its mysteries in an in-depth workshop
Our 7,866-pipe organ reveals its mysteries in an in-depth workshop
Actress x Stockhausen Sin (x) II

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
5:00 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Discover the people and the process behind this reimagined opera from Actress and his AI project
Discover the people and the process behind this reimagined opera from Actress and his AI project
Neil Gaiman, author
7:30 pm
Wed 29 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 29 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The master storyteller reflects on reinventing the modern classic Good Omens for the screen
The master storyteller reflects on reinventing the modern classic Good Omens for the screen

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literature & poetry
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literature & poetry
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