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Special Events

Art Exhibition: Tipping Points

Fri 5 Sep 2014, 18:00

Tipping Points

An exhibition of work by Edgar Ameti, 5th to 30th Sep, 2014

Private view, Friday 5 Sep, 6-10pm. All welcome

Principle to Ameti’s work is the precarious balance between existence and erasure in the ongoing practice and experience of day-to-day life. His often large-scale formations allow us to experience absence and revelation hand in hand, intensifying our encounter with the present whilst opening new ways of engaging with the past.

The media used reflect a tension between the ordinary and the extraordinary, allowing for the manipulation of the common functionality of everyday materials to extraordinary effect. The concept of Tipping Points relates closely to Ameti's work most notably through its focus on distress, recurrence and mediation.

Edgar Ameti was born in Albania where he studied fine art at The Liceu Artistik “Jordan Misja” and The University of Tirana. After moving to North America he studied drawing and painting at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada and their studios in Florence, Italy. Currently he lives and works in the UK. His work has been exhibited across North America and Europe, and has been acquired by several collections, including the Microsoft Art Collection.

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The Tipping Points exhibition is sponsored by Durham University.

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Ada Lovelace Day

Thu 17 Oct 2013, 18.00

Wikimedia UK and Conway Hall present

The Ada Lovelace Day Edit-a-thon

The aim of this event as part of Ada Lovelace Day is to attempt to address Wikipedia's gender bias by creating or improving articles about notable women.

The aim of the event is to improve the coverage of an assortment of nineteenth century organisations and people - especially related to the atheist movement. As well as subject expertise, Conway Hall has an archive which holds a lot of material that has been accumulated by Conway Hall Ethical Society. We will be able to use that during the event.

  • Date: 17th August 2013, 6.00pm-9pm (coffees and introductions from 5.30)
  • Venue: Library, Conway Hall
  • Participants: Participation from Conway Hall as well as interested Wikimedians. There will be space for 20 people in total.
  • Registration: see website
  • Cost: Free.
  • Contacts: Any questions? Please contact Jonathan Cardy (WMUK)

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Sunday Assembly

1st & 3rd Sundays, 11.00

The Sunday Assembly presents

The Sunday Assembly

The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that meets to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. It’s a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.

We (usually*) meet every first and third Sunday in the Main Hall. 

Oct 20th – Global Mega Party! with Harry Cliff and Carrie Armstrong

Come join us for a massive party to launch the 40 Dates and 40 Nights World Tour and our crowdfunding campaign. The event will take place at the usual time and place (11am at Conway Hall) but with extra cake, fun, balloons and more excitement than a sugar-crazy toddler at Disneyland.
Our fantastic speakers will include a reappearance from favourite Harry Cliff (a star physicist from CERN working on the Large Hadron Collider), and a first outing by Carrie Armstrong hilarious recovery expert and founder of

This event will be live-streamed so that Sunday Assembly-ers everywhere can join in the fun, with viewing parties scheduled across the world by folk keen to share some good times. We will also be launching a kids’ corner so that parents can entertain their children and still watch the Assembly! 

Sunday Nov 3rd – Remembrance Sunday with Dan Snow
This Month's Sunday Assembly London will be Remembrance - looking back to all the soldiers who have given their lives and why it is important to remember them. 

Our guest speaker is Dan Snow, historian and Humanist, which we are very excited about as he has been on the television and everything. 

Expect songs, readings and cake and a slightly different tone to the Global Mega Party! 

We'll also have the kids corner for little ones and a kids club (7yrs-12yrs) run by Camp Quest. Look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday Dec 1st – The Significance of Rituals with Linda Woodhead
The professor, described by Matthew Taylor, director of the RSA, as ‘one of the leading expert’s on religion’, brings it on rituals.

Sunday Dec 15th - Christmas with Lloyd Grossman
A festive Yuletide service of carols and cheer with a talk from Britain’s favourite gastronome LG.

Community Action Days:
Two of our Assemblies will be Community Action Days (October 6th and November 17th), where the congregation will meet to help Clean Up UK tackle Tower Hamlets. This will enable Assemblers to live up to our motto (live better, help often, wonder more) by doing our bit for the local community.

*Please note: We will not be holding Sunday Assembly at Conway Hall on 17 November 2013 or 2 March 2014. 

About the Sunday Assembly:
Sanderson Jones (over enthusiastic, bearded) and Pippa Evans (musical, hilarious) will be joined by a host of inspirational speakers to create a morning that is part-atheist church, part-foot stomping show.

Each event has a theme with stories, readings and a final address on that topic. No matter what the subject, the goal of The Sunday Assembly is to solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a bit more whizziness into the everyday.

We meet at the Conway Hall, Holborn on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. But check the events section of our Facebook page, as that isn't set in stone!

The Sunday Assembly is the brainchild of comedians Sanderson Jones (international purveyor of The Comedy Sale) and Pippa Evans (BBC Radio 4, Live at the Electric, The Showstoppers) who discovered on one long car journey to a gig that they were both thinking about starting a friendly community gathering for like-minded people.

The Sunday Assembly has had a whole host of fabulous speakers, including Sandi Toksvig, Marcus Brigstocke, Professor Richard Layard, Hadley Freeman and Arthur Smith.
September has also seen services in Bristol, New York, and Melbourne, and a successful launch in Brighton on September 22nd.

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Talks & Lectures

Reflections On Loneliness - The Malaise of Our Time

Tue 14 Jan 2014, 19.30

Adlerian Society UK presents

Adlerian Society London Lecture:
Reflections On Loneliness - The Malaise of Our Time

Presented by Dr Chris Maddox

A basic postulate of Adlerian psychology is our interconnectedness, our 'embeddedness', and as H.S. Sullivan said, "We are all more simply human than otherwise". Yet a key problem at the heart of psychological problems is feelings of loneliness, feeling 'disconnected'. Concentrated in cities and towns, human beings live more and more in urban areas, in high density populations. The mix and flux of urban living in London often presents with a decline of community, or, a mixture of communities divided by race, ethnicity, class, and religion. We experience close proximity, but lacking any real attachments, and ties of family and friends are often strained, disturbed, detached This lecture dwells on the psychological aspects of loneliness, its interpersonal and intra-personal dimensions: how can we best understand loneliness, and when required, overcome it, as a psychological and social problem?

Dr Chris G. Maddox (Ph.D., Cert.Indiv.Psych., PG Dip. Ex.Psych., MUPCA (Clin.), MASIIP) is a sociologist, psychotherapist and counsellor. He has lectured and supervised at the British Adlerian Society; Regent's College School of Psychotherapy & Counselling; the New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling; and worked as a lecturer at several Universities in London, for example, contributing several courses on the Psychoanalytic Psychology Diploma at Birkbeck College, University of London, over many years. He lives and works in London.

19.30 – 21.00

Admission £7 (concessions £4) All welcome. No need to book. CPD certificates are available. Lecture enquiries:

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Talks & Lectures

Sunday Lecture - Does Population Matter?

Sun 19 Jan 2014, 11.00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Sunday Lecture - Does Population Matter?
John Collier & Nina Clarke

The world’s population went through the seven billion mark in October 2012 and only a very few people seemed to take serious notice.  Only 200 years ago the world’s population had only just passed one billion.  This seven-fold increase is arguably the most dramatic thing to have happened to our planet in human history but talking about it is almost a taboo.  Why?

There is one place in the UK though where population is top of the agenda – and that is a small but growing campaigning charity called Population Matters. 

Two of its Trustees, John Collier and Nina Clarke, will be coming to Conway Hall to set out the key facts, explore the issues and to suggest some ideas about the way forward.  There are no simple answers so a lively debate is anticipated with the words of one of the charity’s patrons, David Attenborough, as a possible starting point – “All environmental problems become harder- and ultimately impossible – to solve with ever more people

John Collier is not only a geographer but also a chartered accountant and a businessman.  He brings a very practical perspective to the issues.  Nina Clarke was a Director of a private training organisation.  She has wide experience of training business people and professionals, both in the UK and abroad, to communicate better in the English language, to give their presentations impact, to negotiate more effectively and to deal sensitively with other cultures.  In the last year or two they have spoken together to a wide range of audiences and bring complementary but different perspectives to the issues.

11.00, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea & Coffee will be available.

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Special Events

London Skeptics in the Pub 15th Birthday Show

Tues 21 Jan 2014, 19.00.

The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome presents ‘Show and Tell’

Doors 19.00.  Bar open from 18.00

London Skeptics was the first and, for a long time, the only Skeptics in the Pub in the UK. We’ve grown, we’ve changed and we’re still going strong. Come and celebrate our 15th birthday with a special show.

In the grand tradition of Calvin and Hobbes, it is time to show and tell, though we have no idea if any scientist will bring their transmogrifier. Scientists, teachers and enthusiasts will however be bringing some of their favourite objects and explaining why they love them and what they mean - from fossils to weird curvy things made out of metal that may have been used to do something to the Victorian pancreas.

Come and join Robin Ince, Prof Steve Jones, Prof Sophie Scott, Dr Adam Rutherford, Helen Arney and more in a night highlighting some of the ideas and personalities from The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome, the science app for the interested. Cosmic Genome is an interactive video science magazine featuring over a 100 exclusive interviews, chats and demonstrations with the world’s leading scientists and the scientifically curious. 

Tickets £6 (plus booking fee) in advance. Numbers are strictly limited. 

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Film & Theatre


Wed 22 Jan 2014, 19.30

The Conway Collective presents:

The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor


SOLD OUT - Only returns on the door at 8pm.

For nearly two decades The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor has created some of the most exciting, immersive and unexpected theatre in London. Famed for their large-scale recreations of revolutionary events, the company employs vast casts to sweep their audiences into the maelstroms of history. In 2007 they restaged the 1926 General Strike in Conway Hall, and returned in 2010 with their magnificent epic of the life of Chekhov. Now they are back with the première of their latest work.

1848 is an examination of the Europe-wide revolutions of that year, the most widespread wave of revolution in history. From a February uprising in France, through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Denmark, to South America, some 50 countries were caught up in revolutionary fervour by the end of the year.

Rejoin the Revolution for one night only at Conway Hall.

As with all of the company's projects this will, in a true spirit of egalitarianism, by a Free Event.

‘We need something else. Impetus, life, a new world’

- Bakunin

Tickets are free but booking is strongly advised - More (very limited) Tickets Released - 21 Jan 2014

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Special Events

How Equal Are Men & Women?

Wed 22 Jan 2014, 18.00

VisConPro Ltd presents

How Equal Are Men & Women?

A panel debate between three feminists and a conservative 

A lively panel debate on the equality of men and women, with Vanessa Feltz, Cristina Odone, Catherine Marcus and Demetri Marchessini, in front of a live audience. The members of the panel have firmly held views, and the debate promises to be stimulating and controversial. Questions will not be taken from the floor. The event will be filmed for a podcast on the website, so by attending the debate, audience members agree to grant the organisers a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use their images in any way that they want, and in any media worldwide.

Entry is free (Special free admission for early requests), but booking is required.


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Sunday Concerts

Werther Ensemble

Sun 26 Jan 2014, 18.30

Werther Ensemble

Jamie Campbell violin
James Barralet cello
Stuart Eminson clarinet
Simon Callaghan piano

The Brahms Project: Concert 2

Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm:

Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Op.120

Main recital at 6.30pm:

Brahms: Trio in C Op. 87
Brahms: Violin Sonata in A Op.100
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor Op.114

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Start 17.30

The London-based Werther Ensemble consists of four distinguished musicians - Jamie Campbell (violin), Hannah Strijbos (viola), James Barralet (‘cello) and Simon Callaghan (piano), who are all leading soloists and chamber musicians in their own right with interesting and varied careers.

The individual members have won many major prizes and performed at most of the major UK venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall and throughout Europe. For several years the Werthers have played together in different formations, both in the UK and abroad. They gave their first performance as a piano quartet in February 2013, when they played Brahms’ op 60 -’the Werther’ - from which they take their name. In May 2013 they made an enormous impact at the inaugural Whittington International Chamber Music Festival, of which James Barralet is the Artistic Director, and they will return to this festival in 2014 with four concerts of Schubert.

Tonight's concert is the second in a series of four concerts which will explore the chamber music of Johannes Brahms (the third and fourth concerts will take place on March 16th and May 25th). Please join us!

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Talks & Lectures

Sunday Lecture - Understanding Human

Sun 26 Jan 2014, 11.00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Understanding Human - Dr. Omar Sheikho Murad

Omar has been in touch with human pain and suffering since very early in life. After being in two wars and one violent uprising in Iraq, he finally escaped to London in 1996 as a refugee. He now works in London as a physician and a trainee psychiatrist. Murad has witnessed all kinds of traumas and has dealt with all kinds of wounds. Through his work as a doctor for the last two decades, his job has helped him to understand what people actually need.

His talk will teach understanding, how we can learn to be 'better quality humans' and how to have a better quality life for everyone everywhere, all of the time.

Dr. Omar Sheikho Murad is originally from Zakho City, Kurdistan, Iraq. He is the author of ten books, seven of those using the "Water-Logic" instead of "Rock-Logic" (i.e., using peaceful means instead of violence and aggression) which are about understanding life and understanding humans.

11.00, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea & Coffee will be available.

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