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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Jazzworks panel at Southbank Centre

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Free

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...
Jazzworks workshop at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:15 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
2:15 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Find out how to support your career in music at a speed networking event for emerging artists and professionals
Find out how to support your career in music at a speed networking event for emerging artists and...
Audeince members at talks

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Free

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?

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21 Oct
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 ‘living legends’, the poet discusses the power of literature
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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