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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An audience at the Women of the World Festival
10:00 am
Fri 06 Mar 2020
10:00 am | Fri 06 Mar 2020
talks & debates
courses & workshops
Dive into a day of talks and workshops exploring the most vital issues facing women and girls today
Dive into a day of talks and workshops exploring the most vital issues facing women and girls today
Discussion panel at the Women of the World Festival
10:00 am
Sat 07 Mar 2020
10:00 am | Sat 07 Mar 2020
talks & debates
courses & workshops
All are invited to a day of events tackling the subjects that matter most to women and girls today
All are invited to a day of events tackling the subjects that matter most to women and girls today
3:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
3:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
talks & debates
courses & workshops
If you’re a gender equality champion aged 8 - 10, this workshop is perfect for you
If you’re a gender equality champion aged 8 - 10, this workshop is perfect for you
Various times
Sat 07 Mar 2020
Various times | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop

highlights

7 Nov
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear from writers, poets and activists as they discuss the contemporary Muslim female experience
30 Oct
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Cheers to 40 years of the London Review of Books at an evening of poetry, music and collaboration
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podcast
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podcast
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