London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, with a population spanning across a wide spectrum of socioeconomic status. How do we design our cities to make sure everyone is included?
The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film & Television
Occult rites are staged in hippie strip clubs; music hall dame Old Mother Riley haunts a vam-piric Bela Lugosi; TV puppet Sooty doles out intoxicating pharmaceuticals; velvet-voiced Vincent Price presents a full-fat cookery programme...
A History of Christian and Muslim Intolerance and Beyond
AC Grayling discusses with Selina O'Grady her ground-breaking new book In the Name of God: A History of Christian and Muslim Intolerance and asks: is each faith really an ossified religion which can never come to terms with the Enlightenment and the world it has helped form?
Victorian Blogging – The Pamphleteers Who Dared To Dream Of A Better World
*Until 31 Jan 2020* This exhibition explores how 19th-century pamphlets and their freethinking authors have ignited revolutions, overthrown governments and altered the course of history. Private view: 12 Sep.
Stop Being Reasonable: Stories of how we really change our minds
In an increasingly divided world, how we might change the minds of others? Philosopher and journalist Eleanor Gordon-Smith discusses some lucid, gripping stories that show the limits of human reason with Little Atoms podcaster Neil Denny.
Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850-1914
What is the relationship between atheism and racism? Nathan Alexander explores the racial views of atheists and other nonbelievers in Britain and the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century and offers some reflections on the present day.
Brexit has exposed some major faultiness in British Politics that has been growing over many years. Our representative form of government has often been grid locked and unable to respond. This talk & debate will look at five opinions about the crisis of democracy and alternative views of what can be done.
Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language
Oh Mr Horne, how bona to vada your dolly old eke!
When being gay could result in criminal prosecution – or worse – Polari offered its speak-ers a degree of public camouflage and community. Paul Baker recounts the story of Polari with skill, erudition and tenderness.
Mind the Dogma: My journey from being an evangelical preacher to humanism
Hear Dan Barker recount his journey from being an evangelical Christian preacher to being an outspoken atheist and humanist working for the advancement of secularism and freethought in the US and worldwide.
A celebration of Argentine tango: Learn tango and dance all evening, watch maestros from Argentina performing and more. A truly fantastic line-up of teachers and DJs, bringing the best of Buenos Aires and Europe together under one roof.
An evening of wisdom with Gelong Thubten, an inspiring British monk who is passionate about the life-changing power of meditation. Thubten will share practical ideas to help master our minds, develop compassion and find lasting fulfilment.
The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors concert
The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors will be giving a free concert as part of the London International Music Festival. A summer evening of classical and modern repertoire along with music from the Philippines.
Join award-winning science writer Angela Saini as she dissects the political roots of race, why scientists can’t seem to look beyond it, and the dark and dangerous ways in which scientific racism persists to this day.
Bringing together Britain’s premier African-centred therapists, wellbeing experts and organisations specialising in mental and psychical health for a fun-packed festival of educational talks, workshops and presentations.
Andy Burnham presents a highly illustrated talk based around many of the themes, new discoveries and mysteries highlighted in the book The Old Stones, the most comprehensive and thought-provoking field guide ever published to the iconic standing stones and prehistoric places of Britain and Ireland.
I’m Worried About The World But I’m Not Sure I Want To Be An Activist
How do activists and non-activists exist in the world together? Should we all be activists? Or is it time for a new activism? Anthea Lawson and Pippa Evans explore what happens in the space between activists and everyone else.
How to use time wisely and live more happily – with James Wallman
How can we use our time wisely and live more happily? James Wallman will share the insights from his new book about how to spend time well - and which experiences bring the greatest happiness and make life more enjoyable and purposeful.
Is public health trapped in a web of influence? Jonathan H. Marks argues that public-private partnerships create “webs of influence” that undermine the integrity of public health agencies and distort health policy and research.
London National Park City “What if?” – Lightning Talks, Walks & Pop-Up Picnic
Let’s dream the possible as we explore the power of asking “What if…?”. Come to hear short, inspiring and thought-provoking talks from over 20 activists, adventurers, growers and more as they share ideas and dream the possible for London as a National Park City.
D Hunter presents his book Chav Solidarity, which is part autobiography, part meditation on trauma, class, activism and identity. Hunter will read excerpts from the book, as well as discussing it's origins and surrounding issues. This will be followed by a Q&A.
*Until 09 Aug 2019* In celebration of Refugee Week 2019, this exhibition by Adiam Yemane offers inspiring stories of newcomers who entered the UK claiming asylum or as refugees. It celebrates the lives of people who have worked hard to fulfil their potential and despite, in many cases experiencing overwhelming odds, succeed.
Strategic Antifascism: Where Next for the Movement?
Join the team behind the 12 Rules for WHAT podcast for a participatory workshop on fascism, antifascism and the far right as we identify emerging trends in the far right and discuss how a strategic antifascist movement can effectively oppose the spread of new fascisms.
What would happen if we started consciously teaching our children from the very (VERY!) beginning? Being aware that the developing infants are ALWAYS feeling everything, this experiment with Francesca Tamagnini aims to offer a focused sensorial experience for the child.
The Likely Future of Israel in a Self-imposed One-state Situation
Retired open University academic Dr Brian Beeley will consider the effects of President Trump’s rejection of the ‘two-state’ mantra for Israel and the implications if Israel retains control of all of historic Palestine (plus Syria’s Golan Heights).
Join Leonie Rousham,Ishwari Bhalerao, Bea Macdonald and Sally Plowman for the launch of Reading Room as a means of creating connections and opening dialogue about the function, aesthetic and user culture of library collections and small press production in the age of digital information.
World premiere of a new chamber opera by Robert Hugill & Joanna Wyld, conductor William Vann.
The graves belong to the Dead, who once invaded the land in which they lie. Tensions rise between three generations of family who look after war graves in a politically divided region.
Ending the War on Drugs – for Workers, for Justice
This panel discussion led by Health Poverty Action brings together speakers from trade unions, racial justice campaigners, farmers working in the drugs trade to discuss what legal regulation could look like.
Authentic Happiness – With Mo Gawdat & Anahita Moghaddam
How can we be happier and help create a happier society? At this special event, Mo Gawdat and Anahita Moghaddam will look at how our identities and relationships shape our world. And they'll share practical ideas that we can all use to live more wisely.
Join Kwaku for this relaxed presentation on the development of reggae through migrations, over and beyond the one Windrush voyage from the Caribbean to Britain in 1948. There will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and contribute to the narrative.
I is for Insult: questioning “Borderline Personality Disorder”
Mind in Camden's one-day workshop will cover both practical and theoretical approaches to the disputed diagnosis of “Borderline Personality Disorder”, facilitated by someone with lived / living experience of these issues.
Thinking on Sunday: Lowborn – Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns
Kerry Hudson discusses her book Lowborn with James Bloodworth, author of Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain. Lowborn is a powerful, personal, agenda-changing work of non-fiction on poverty in Britain – a unique book that we all need to pay attention to.
How does one live well in a city almost designed to make you feel isolated, tired, anxious and poor? Artists/activists/teachers/amateur thinkers Sam Siva and Sam Berkson lead a discussion on how to live radical lives in a neo-liberal city.
This workshop with Giles Bunch is for people who are already interested in space exploration, as well as anyone new to the subject who wants to learn more in a supportive, friendly environment. The session will centre around the theme of “the ‘frontier’ in deep space”.
Labour Heritage will hold its AGM business meeting from 2.10-2.40pm followed at 2.40pm by two speakers and discussion: Steve Schiffereson ‘The Rise and Fall of the Labour Correspondent’ and Michael Tichelar on ‘Why is London Labour?’ Non-members welcome.
This panel will include members of London Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee, Community Action on Prison Expansion and Bent Bars, who will discuss prison abolition from a trans and queer perspective, followed by a strategy workshop.
Space to Play: A Workshop Led by Learning Disabled Artists
A workshop led by Spare Tyre exploring play, performance and the body in space led by learning disabled artists. You will be guided through how to make performances and create a space to play in, with experimentation with sounds, movements, touch, vibrations, colours.
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