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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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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...
Sisters Uncut set off rainbow-coloured smoke in solidarity with LGBTQ+ migrants during a demonstration in support of detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul Clinton
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul...

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23 Jun
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The historian delves into the Windrush scandal at a screening of his new documentary, followed by a talk
14 Sep
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
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