Anil Seth: Being You
On the opening night of the London Literature Festival, one of Britain’s leading neuroscientists talks with Oliver Burkeman to explore how selfhood is shaped by our relationships, and what this means for the future – whether it’s virtual reality or artificial ‘friends’.
Drawing on his radical new theory of consciousness, in his compelling new book Being You, Seth illuminates the way our perception of self is refracted through the minds of others.
In his view, our consciousness is formed through a dance of mutual mental inference, estimating and re-estimating not only what others are thinking, but what they are thinking about us.
And this, in turn, becomes part of who we are ourselves.
Seth explores the implications of this conception of the self for a range of rapidly evolving technologies.
In a world where interactions with robots and artificial intelligence become more everyday, what does this mean for the future of the human self?
Queen Elizabeth Hall
An established international artist, who is accompanied on stage by a full band, Afrikan Boy effortlessly combines a spectrum of sounds and influences.
Moving seamlessly from Afrobeat to Jazz to spoken word, not many artists can channel the energies of Fela Kuti, Bob Dylan and Skepta like him.
Clapham Book Festival Day
The Festival Day programme takes in two literary walks around Clapham Common, led by local authors, crime fiction writer Julie Anderson at and prize-winning novelist Annemarie Neary.
In addition, there will be two live author events at the Omnibus Theatre. The first speaker will be multiple award-winning Sir Michael Morpurgo followed by Radio 4’s Ed Stourton.
The Omnibus Theatre
The Balimaya Project
Led by percussionist Yahael Camara Onono and counting on musicians from Kokoroko and SEED Ensemble, Balimaya Project is an all-star band bringing forward a pan-African cultural mission.
In their music, they present, blend and rework West, Central and African diasporic influences.
They do that in their very own way, starting from each band member’s roots and background, from Senegal to Jamaica and Ethiopia to Cuba, and adding up jazzy and soulful arrangements.
Elephant and Castle Walking Tours
Members of the community and students will be able to take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn about the rich and diverse history and heritage of Elephant and Castle.
Actors will bring to life famous local characters and fascinating stories by taking community members on an animated history tour.
As part of the event there will also be exciting offers and tastes from Castle Square’s traders as part of the adventure through the community. A fun quiz and prizes are also on offer with some of the amazing retailers located on Castle Square and Ash Avenue.
Community Hub, Castle Square
Queer Cabaret – The Festival of Radical Care
This fabulous Queer Cabaret is the closing event of The Festival of Radical Care.
Tonight is about how Kings, Queens and in-betweens care radically through queer joy, swagger, spoken word and lip syncing. It’s time to put on your wig and sashay down to the Albany.
The House of Many Cultures: Others’ Story’
University of Greenwich presents an exhibition with the School of Design, curated by Rahesh Ram and Rayan Elnayal exploring culture and identity through an architectural lens.
The notion of what it is to be British has arisen yet again in the light of the current debates instigated by Brexit, Black Lives Matter, the toppling of statues that celebrated slave traders and structural racism.
It seems, more than ever, understanding the multitude of cultural identities that inhabit Britain is needed.
This exhibition invites you to explore some of these cultures through work undertaken by University of Greenwich alumni who embedded their cultural identities into their graduate projects.
October 19 to November 12
Stephen Lawrence Gallery & Project Space
Othello De’Souza-Hartley in conversation with Joseph Ijoyemi
Othello has had his work shown at some of the most prestigious galleries in the country, including the National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery.
He works across a whole range of mediums from photography, film, performance and sound to drawing and painting.
This is an amazing opportunity to hear a hugely talented artist talk about making it in London today, and some of the themes behind his work: identity, masculinity, gender, and the changing perception of the body.
What the Ladybird Heard
The much-loved stage adaptation from bestselling children’s author Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks, will bring the farmyard to life this autumn.
Showcasing live instrumental music, original songs, puppetry and rhymes galore this exciting adaptation is a treat for the whole family.
October 20 to 24
What They Forgot To Tell Us (and other stories)
For a world that has changed so much, we are still in the same place: which stories do we want to tell? Which ones do we really listen to?
Enter a world of stories where nothing is what you expect it to be. Audiences are invited to join a liminal world inhabited by The Agency whose mission is to reveal those stories.
As audiences move across three floors of the building, they become voyeurs in other people’s stories and slowly uncover the secrets and shadows in their own.
This brand-new show, created by an ensemble of experienced devisers, uses stories, personal as well as universal, making invisible people visible and making unheard stories heard.
October 20 to November
Common Ground: Friendship in the City of London
Rising literary stars Caleb Azumah Nelson, Vanessa Onwuemezi and Naomi Ishiguro read from their work and reflect on friendships forged in London.
London is a city that can spark love, friendship and solidarity, but is also a place marked by isolation, loneliness and inequality.
The panellists explore the complexities of contemporary friendship through the lens of London. How are friendships and relationships forged in the city shaped or warped by the pressures of London life?
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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