The Haunted Landscape: Witches, Magic and Monsters
Join the London Fortean Society and friends for a day of British folklore, cursed paths, giants, witches and more. Speakers include author Syd Moore, Elizabeth Dearnley, Alixe Bovey and Mark Norman of The Folklore Podcast.This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Empowerment through Enterprise: Entrepreneurship for Women Refugees.
What role can entrepreneurship play for women refugees and how can this change society's perceptions of asylum seekers? Kate Allen, Isobelle Ford, Yeukai Taruvinga and Maria Igwebuike explore themes of empowerment through enterprise.
Rapping ghosts, a woman who gave birth to rabbits, a levitating Frenchman in a Chinese Temple and outrageous astrological predictions. As Ian Keable explains, ‘Fake news’, ‛going viral’ and ‛social media’ may be modern terms, but these concepts have been with us for centuries. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Ethical Matters: We are “nature” defending itself – Art, Activism and Autonomous zones
In 2008 Isabelle Fremeaux and Jay Jordan went search of post-capitalist utopias. They arrived at an illegally occupied 4,000 acres of wetlands where an international airport was planned. There the 40-year-long struggle snatched an incredible victory, defeating the airport expansion project through a powerful cocktail that merged creation and resistance. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Killing Moon Live and Native present a massive show at Conway Hall, headlined by Ten Tonnes. Get your tickets now! Can't make it to London? The show will also be livestreamed in partnership with native.fm.
*POSTPONED* Thinking On Sunday: Women in the Picture – Women, Art and the Power of Looking
Women's identity has long been stifled by a limited set of archetypes, found everywhere in pictures from art history's classics to advertising, while women artists have been overlooked and held back from shaping more empowering roles. Art historian Catherine McCormack asks us to look again. This talk will be held online only.
Debbie Sadler, the advice manager at the charitable organisation Unlock, explains how most of the problems faced by former convicts are a direct result of discrimination. Unlock helps them to break free from this and to find a better life.
Brother Workmen: Solidarity in Trade Folklore – The Roy Palmer Lecture 2021
In the 2021 Roy Palmer Lecture, Jeremy Harte will talk about traditional songs of the workplace, which many artisans used to build humour and camaraderie into their everyday work. *This event is ONLINE ONLY due to rising Covid infections*
Swing Street Ball returns to Conway Hall for their Halloween Special, with the wonderful Palace Avenue Swing, featuring the ever-popular Louise Messenger, plus top DJ Baroness Jo Jo and many surprises.
Hilary Mantel will talk to David Runciman and Helen Thompson for a live episode of the podcast Talking Politics, discussing the Tudor court, revolutionary France, royal bodies and more. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Thinking on Sunday: How Mathematics Created Civilisation
Bestselling science writer Michael Brooks takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of civilisation, as he explains why maths is fundamental to our understanding of the world. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Conway Hall's Clements Prize for Composers is re-launched in 2021, with a final round performed by members of the Piatti Quartet and a special exhibition of scores submitted to the competition in the first part of the twentieth century.
Ollie Tunmer, the founder and director of Beat Goes On,, promotes the use of music as a means of encouraging wellbeing, for both individuals and teaching communities. For this assembly, Ollie will tell his story of how he became a music educator, as well as give a short demonstration of his body percussion workshops.
Thinking On Sunday: The Precariat – The New Dangerous Class
Guy Standing investigates the precariat, a new and growing group, finding a frustrated and angry new underclass who are often ignored by politicians and economists. Are you one of them and how has Covid affected you? This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
As we come out of our shelters and stretch our creaky joints, it's time to move these bodies once more. 5-1/2 years ago, Sunday Assembly London had its first ever ceilidh, and it was a huge success! We've decided to bring it back in celebration of this beautiful community staying strong.
Fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again - and we need to find a better way to fight it. Paul Mason, the bestselling author of Post-Capitalism, offers a guide to resisting the far right. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Professor Kimberley Wade is a cognitive psychologist whose research explores the causes of autobiographical memory distortions. She will help us to understand how this phenomenon occurs and why it might actually be good for us.
Premiere of the Fascinatin’ Rhythm Album with Alex Mendham and His Orchestra
Synonymous across the world with the glamourous era of Art Deco and Jazz, Alex Mendham and his Orchestra invite you to embark on a romantic musical voyage through time as they premiere the Fascinatin’ Rhythm album.
Bernice Hardie, co-founder and CEO of WAVE for Change, believes that when we create spaces where people of different abilities can socialise together, everyone benefits. In her talk, she will show us how we can gain confidence and reduce anxiety by bringing all members of our community together in positive and respectful environments.
Stand-Up Comedy at Conway Hall: Four Comedians from British Television Live On Stage
This might be the funniest thing you have ever seen. We have four comedians from British television at your favourite theatre. The Main Hall is well-ventilated; the show is only an hour and tickets are only £12.50. If you can attend, then why wouldn't you?
Central London Humanists: The Universe and The Divine with Dr Alfredo Carpineti
From alleged messages in the cosmic microwave background to the fine-tuning of the Universe,
scientists, philosophers, and popes have had to grapple with what astronomy does and doesn’t tell us
about humanity and religion.
Ethical Matters: Overtime – Why We Need A Shorter Working Week
Why we should all work less! Kyle Lewis and Will Stronge discuss their radical and pragmatic manifesto for tackling the interconnected crises of contemporary capitalism: work, care and the environment.
Thinking on Sunday: Head First – A Psychiatrist’s Stories of Mind and Body
Our medical model has failed us by promoting specialisation and overlooking perhaps the single most important component of our health: our state of mind. It shapes our responses to symptoms that we de-velop, dictate the treatments we receive, and influence whether they work.
The Anarchist Bookfair in London is coming back to Conway Hall this autumn, with a full day of radical booksellers and stalls on Saturday 11th September. Following on, there will be an online programme of events on Sunday 12th September.
Antony Beevor: The Soviet Union and the Second World War
In a special lecture for Pushkin House, acclaimed historian Antony Beevor looks at myths and misunderstandings around the Soviet role in World War II. The controversy continues, both in the West and in Russia.
Thrust into power, a young Roman Emperor seeks life as a musician and performer, but a series of threats against his life may prove to be his final act... Henry Cao, Lux Knightley & Luke McCormick - Championing diversity in new original musical theatre both on and off-stage!
Thinking On Sunday: What Animals Reveal About Human Senses
Jackie Higgins reveals how we, humans, sense and make sense of the world and the untold scientific revolution stirring in the field of our perception through the senses of animals. Jackie explores this evolutionary heritage and how we can engage with the world in ways we never knew possible. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Ethical Matters: Mental Health, Capitalism and the Sedation of a Nation
Viewing mental distress with a medical model situates problems with the sufferer rather than a reaction to society and its problems. Dr James Davies examines why this view of mental illness has been promoted and why it is so misplaced and dangerous. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
*ONLINE* Ethical Matters: A Brief History of Censorship – From the Ancients to Fake News
The urge to censor is as old as the urge to speak. From the first Chinese emperor’s wholesale elimination of books to the Vatican’s suppression of pornography, to the volatile politics surrounding censorship of social media, words and ideas have always been hunted down by those trying to suppress them.
Reweirding: A Psychogeographical Pilgrimage – Seeking Thin Places
Facing injury and interruption, Sonia Overall takes the path of the lone woman walker, seeking out 'thin places' where past and present collide, and where new ways of living might begin. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
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