Today in one the richest countries in the world, 60% of households in poverty have people in jobs, inequality is the highest it has been for 100 years, climate change threatens our extinction and automation means millions are forced into a life of precarity. The solution? Basic Income, says Guy Standing.
*ONLINE* London Fortean Society: Monumental Memories – Indigenous Memory and Stonehenge | Saturday 20th June
Without writing, indigenous elders memorised a vast amount of information on which survival depended both physically and culturally. Does this explain the purpose of ancient monuments including Stonehenge, Easter Island and the Nasca Lines? Can we use these memory methods in contemporary life? Dr Lynne Kelly explains.
Sarah Scales takes an anthropological look at the UFO community, told through first-person experiences with researchers in their element as they pursue what they see as a solvable mystery – both terrestrial and cosmic.
It’s well past time for museums to be honest about their acquisitions history and how objects arrive in their collections in the first place. Alice Procter seeks to resist triumphalist nostalgia with art history. How did the narratives of Empire come into being? Who controls them?
Professor David Nash explores the crime of blasphemy: as an act of individuals but also as a widespread and constant presence in cultural, political and religious life.
*ONLINE* Coronavirus and Populism: Is this the end of the nationalist uprising? | Thursday 16th July
Editor of politics.co.uk Ian Dunt takes stock of the post-Coronavirus world and asks if maybe, with a bit of luck, we’re seeing the end of the nationalist uprising.
Join us via Conway Hall’s Zoom channel to celebrate alternative art education and launch the first issue of URgh! Zine. Meet members of the alternative art education community and participate from the comfort of your living room. Turn on, tune in, get involved, start your own art school!
The model of ‘the good life’ and its formulas for success ignore the haunting possibility that one may not succeed and as a result be deemed ‘a failure’. Beverley Clack explores that often-neglected theme of failure, not just as the opposite of achievement but also how it has been conflated with loss.
We look forward to welcoming you to our first concert using new, state-of-the-art livestreaming equipment. Fenella Humphreys’ online performances during lockdown have drawn praise from audiences and critics alike. Her programme, with Director of Music Simon Callaghan, spans more than 200 years and will be the perfect occasion to bring back to life our extraordinary hall.
*ONLINE* Thinking On Sunday: Crime Dot Com – From Viruses to Vote Rigging, How Hacking Went Global | Sunday 6th September
Geoff White, one of the UK’s leading technology correspondents, charts the astonishing development of hacking, from its conception in America’s hippy tech community in the 1970s, through its childhood among the ruins of the Eastern Bloc, to its coming of age as one of the most dangerous and pervasive threats to our digital world.
Join us for our Saturday Salsa Special. With one of the best dance floors around. If you have never been to one of our socials in this venue, please come join us for a great night of dancing! Starting with a class from Gil and Shelley, dancing until 2 am!
In the second of our livestreamed ‘preludes’ to our autumn season, Ashok Klouda joins Simon Callaghan in a programme of much-loved cello works, concluding with Beethoven’s joyous, lyrical and virtuosic A major sonata. In celebration of Beethoven’s anniversary year, there will be the opportunity to hear Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas in one evening on 29 November.
Conway Hall is open for “closed door” events and we are working to reopen for the public | Wednesday 23rd September
In line with official guidance and instruction we are working to fully reopen our doors to our staff, volunteers, audiences, communities and hirers.
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We are an independent charity, facing a particular challenge in the coming weeks and months, and any donations will greatly help us during this difficult time.
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