The Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief Festival continues this weekend with an exploration of the artistic, cultural and philosophical traditions around Prophets, Visionaries and Power. Booking a Saturday pass will give you access to all of the sessions taking place throughout the day. Here are the ones to look out for.
Separation of God and Politics: A panel of faith leaders and experts, including journalist, writer, peer and noted interfaith activist Lord Indarjit Singh discuss whether religion can be separated from the state, the role of religious thinking in shaping society and whether religious values of compassion, forgiveness and service can inform politics.
11.30am, Clore Ballroom. More details are here.
Has Nationalism Replaced Religious Fervour: A panel of faith leaders and politicians will talk about whether the rise of nationalism has led to a decline in faith and spirituality, and whether national identity is being pursued with as much zeal as religion. The panel includes Ameet Jogia, Conservative Councillor for Harrow, and will be chaired by the brilliant spoken word poet Anthony Anaxagorou.
1pm, Blue Room, Royal Festival Hall. More details are here.
Bites: Speakers from the day – including barrister, interfaith activist and Labour party adviser Jasvir Singh OBE and journalist, broadcaster and manager of the Radical Middle Way project Abdul Rehman Malik – will share personal stories of their relationship with faith.
2.30pm, Blue Room, Royal Festival Hall. More details are here.
What Would the Ancients Do? Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita: Psychiatrist and Bhakti Yoga priest Chetna King leads a panel discussing how the teachings and wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita can guide us through the struggles of modern times.
4pm. Blue Room, Royal Festival Hall. More details are here.
When Politics Meets Religion: Power and Faith: The inimitable Elif Shafak discusses how political systems and religion shape each other, how politics can tackle extremist religious forces, and what recent events in Turkey reveal about the interconnections.
4pm. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall. More details are here.
When: Saturday 8 April 2017, 11.30am onwards
Where: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tickets: £15 (concessions available)
More info: Southbank Centre
Posted on 6 April 2017
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