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.

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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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Yuan Goang-Ming Tomorrowland

Free

Free

Various times
until 6 Aug 2018
Various times | until 6 Aug 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
A free exhibition of recent work by pioneering Taiwanese video artist Yuan Goang-Ming
A free exhibition of recent work by pioneering Taiwanese video artist Yuan Goang-Ming

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Mon 02 Jul 2018
6:30 pm | Mon 02 Jul 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Consider the Nobel Prize-winning musician’s lyrics from throughout his storied career
Consider the Nobel Prize-winning musician’s lyrics from throughout his storied career
Skyscraper view
8:00 pm
Wed 01 Aug 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 01 Aug 2018
Literature
Poetry
Walk in the footsteps of the volatile French genius through original poetry and music
Walk in the footsteps of the volatile French genius through original poetry and music

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26 Jun
Literature
Talks & Topics
The inimitable comedian dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of all things famous
5 Jul
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join the bracingly insightful author as she discusses her new book Days of Awe
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Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson on one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century
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