The Search for the Meaning of Life

The Search for the Meaning of Life

Part of the Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief Festival

  • Start Date: Saturday 21st January 2017
  • Location: Southbank Centre, London
  • Phone: 020 7960 4200
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  • Speakers: Mona Siddiqui, Richard Holloway, Abdul Rehman Malik, Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines et al
  • Host: Southbank Centre and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Cost: £25 for weekend. Concessions half price
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Part of the Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief Festival

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A new, year-long festival exploring what it means to be human.  The seemingly innate need for humans to find meaning for their lives and a sense of where they fit into the universe, with all its mystery and majesty, is a constant in all periods of human history and has inspired some of the greatest music and art ever created.  Even in an era when religion is said to be on the decline our headlines are dominated by it, often in extreme forms.

The festival also looks at the broader questions of what it means to be human and asks which aspects of religious belief can be useful to the world in the 21st century. What are the risks to societies if they become more secular, and how will that influence artists?

The Search for the Meaning of Life

This is the first weekend of the year long festival.  It is devoted to religion, spirituality, belief and the world.  A weekend pass for the weekend gives you access to talks, panels, and debates throughout the Saturday and Sunday.  Concerts are extra!

21st Jan

What's It All About?   Why are we here and what’s it all about? A panel of experts shine a light on the mysteries of life

Stories of Creation  Discover stories of creation from around the world at this fun, (free event)

Loving Your Neighbour  Faith and community leaders come together to discuss the meaning of helping others

Losing My Religion  Former bishop Richard Holloway discusses his struggles with religion in a candid talk

How to Be a Shaman  Discover the world of indigenous religion and learn from these unique belief systems

All in the Mind   What can neuroscience tell us about the brain of a believer?

Does Struggle Give Life Meaning?  Leading academic and religion commentator Mona Siddiqui OBE delivers a keynote address

Beethoven's Fedelio - London Philharmonic Orchestra.  Pre-Concert Talk: The Search for the Meaning of Life: Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

21 Jan - 22 Jan

The Sea is an Edge and an Ending  Watch poet Lavinia Greenlaw’s film about dementia and the disappearance into the present tense  (Free)

22 Jan

The Search for the Meaning of Life: Sunday Assembly  Sing, connect and be inspired in this secular congregation celebrating life

Mystics and Meaning  Take a tour through the world of mysticism

Find Your Meaning  Join a series of activity-based workshops exploring your inner thoughts and feelings

Meaning for Atheists  Discover the origins of atheism as a philosophical worldview in this panel discussion

Mindfulness  Explore if mindfulness can help us find meaning in our daily lives in this discussion

Bites  Hear a range of speakers tackle all kinds of topics from Belief & Beyond Belief

What If God Was A Woman?  Debate whether the case of women in religion has progressed from ancient to present times

Two more concerts on this theme

24 Jan Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Tamara Stefanovich  perform deeply reflective music written for two pianos

25 Jan 20th-Century Discoveries: London Philharmonic Orchestra  Explore 20th-century music's darker moments with works by Kancheli, Martinů and Vaughan Williams

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