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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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Kader Attia, Measure and Control, 2013
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
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...
Juliana Huxtable Untitled (Lil’ Marvel) 2015, image courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant London.
Various times
12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Various times | 12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Art
Artists & Thinkers
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity in contemporary art
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity in...
High Sky, 1991. Oil on canvas. 165 x 227 cm. Copyright Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.
Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Art
Talks & Topics
23 OCT 2019 – 26 JAN 2020: A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
23 OCT 2019 – 26 JAN 2020: A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated...

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Talks & Topics
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