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Conway Hall is owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society and was first opened in 1929. The name was chosen in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832 – 1907), anti-slavery advocate, out-spoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine.

The Hall now hosts a wide variety of lectures, classes, performances, community and social events. It is renowned as a hub for free speech and independent thought.

Our Library holds the Ethical Society’s collection, which is the largest and most comprehensive Humanist Research resource of its kind in the United Kingdom.

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February 2017
Free
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Conway Hall Book Club

Friday 24th February @ 6:00 pm - Friday 28th July @ 7:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Introducing a monthly book club for members and friends, where we discuss some of the titles produced by our resident publishers, as well as the occasional guest sessions hosted by staff and other residents.

The very first session of the book club will be held on Friday, 24th February at 6pm, and will be a preliminary meeting to get to know each other and get hold of the first title on our reading list: the classic Shusako Endo novel, Silence.

The book club will be held on the fourth Friday of every month, in the Conway Hall Library from 6-7:30pm.

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March 2017
Conway Hall presents:

20 millisieverts per year

Thursday 2nd March - Sunday 30th April
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

20 millisverts per year An exhibition about Fukushima by Lis Fields 2 March – 30 April 2017 Film screening, The Brockway Room, Mon 24 April.  Drinks served from 6pm, screening…

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Conway Hall presents:

‘Artist, Japan, anti nuclear power plant, born on 3/11/2011’

Friday 3rd March - Sunday 30th April
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Fly_away

Displayed in The Theobalds Road window, Conway Hall, Kenta Masuyama aka 281 Anti Nuke is a Japanese street artist whose focus is to create intelligent, graphic street art intended to…

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April 2017
Free
Sunday Lecture: Oh! Scientology! Church Of Fear presents:

“Wolf Moon”: the Spanish Civil War and Resistance as Literary Inspiration

Wednesday 26th April @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
wolf-moon

“Wolf Moon”: the Spanish Civil War and Resistance as Literary Inspiration with Dr. Gareth Wood

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£8 - £15
Conatus News presents:

Defending Progressivism

Saturday 29th April @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
defending progressivism

Defending Progressivism is an unprecedented day-long conference focussing on defending social-progressivism.

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Free
£10
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

St Paul’s Quartet & Felix Tanner (viola)

Sunday 30th April @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
st pauls quartet and felix tanner

Schubert Quartettsatz D703
Debussy Quartet in G minor Op.10
Mozart String Quintet No.4 in G minor K516

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May 2017
Free
Dobrinsky / Blaumane / Foo Trio presents:

Stop Le Pen

Tuesday 2nd May @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Stop Le Pen

Join Unite Against Fascism on May 2nd to talk through the French elections and anti fascists response.

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Conway Hall and University of the Arts London presents:

The Art of Thinking – an exhibition of sketchbooks

Thursday 4th May - Tuesday 30th May
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Exhibition opening event, The Library, 6.30pm, Fri 5 May.  All welcome. Drinks served the art of thinking (#sharing sketchbooks) An exhibition which aims to reveal the preliminary processes – through…

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£75 - £100
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

No Gods No Masters – 8 week course

Thursday 4th May @ 6:30 pm - Thursday 22nd June @ 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
No Gods No Masters

This 8 week course will look at some remarkable people and movements who spoke up and campaigned for progressive ideas and social change in London from the 1790s-1940s. It will tell their individual and collective stories, explore how they popularised their ideas, and influenced each other, visit sites of protest, and consider their lasting achievements.

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£15 - £20
Boring Conference presents:

Boring VII

Saturday 6th May @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
This is the Boring Conference

The Boring Conference is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked – subjects often considered trivial and pointless, but when examined more closely reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating.

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£7 - £10
Slaves of Duty and Tricks of the Governing Class presents:

Emerging Women

Saturday 6th May @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Emerging Women

A meeting to encourage networking amongst a new generation of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists that are actively engaged in Africa.

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£3 - £2
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Beating the hell out of Fake News

Sunday 7th May @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Fake News

What is “fake news”? Are we really living in a “post-truth” society? Dr Sander van der Linden, who has recently attracted great media interest in his approach to responding to this hugely concerning phenomenon, will discuss how false memes can spread from one mind to another and explore the latest research on whether it is possible, amazingly, to develop a psychological “vaccine” against fake news.

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Free
Sunday Assembly London presents:

Perception Change

Sunday 7th May @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
perception change

Perception Change. Think Different.

Sam Moyo, founder of Morning Gloryville and all round visionary is coming to speak to us about why she thinks perception change is the thing for us to master in the modern world. She says:

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Free
£10
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Ducasse Trio

Sunday 7th May @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Milhaud Suite Op.157b
Berg Adagio
Arutiunian Suite
Menotti Trio
Shostakovich 5 pieces
Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale

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£12.50 - £10
British Humanist Association presents:

The Voltaire Lecture 2017, with Nick Cohen

Monday 8th May @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Nick Cohen
£120 - £12
The World’s Most Improbable Event with Marc Abrahams presents:

Making Sense of Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Tuesday 9th May @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Making Sense of Complex Trauma and Dissociation

A one day workshop for anyone who supports survivors of trauma in a personal and/or professional capacity.

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£7 - £4
Adlerian Society UK presents:

Psychologically Informed Environments: Therapeutic Regeneration

Tuesday 9th May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Dr. Dean Whittington

In this provocative talk Dr. Dean Whittington, author of Wrenching Open the Doors of Perception, Beaten into Violence and Psychologically Informed Environments (amongst others), talks about how to generate therapeutic regeneration of those groups previously written off.

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Finzi Quartet presents:

N scale: living memorial and inoperative association

Wednesday 10th May @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

  Performance and commemoration event to launch a year-long art and activism project by Brigid McLeer ‘N scale’ is an ambitious, multi-layered art and activism project that commemorates the tragic…

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£20 - £18
The School of Life presents:

John Gray on Mars and Venus

Sunday 14th May @ 10:40 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
John Gray on Mars and Venus

Explore the dynamics of contemporary relationships as the author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus moves beyond his old model to meet the modern world.

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£2 - £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Morality as Cooperation: How Evolution Explains Ethics

Sunday 14th May @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Morality as Cooperation: How Evolution Explains Ethics

What is morality and where does it come from? With Dr Oliver Scott Curry.

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£5
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Children’s Workshop with Darren Moore (trumpet)

Sunday 14th May @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Particularly suitable for those aged 5-10. Contact us if you are bringing a young person outside this range and we will do our best to accommodate them!

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Free
£10
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Gildas Quartet

Sunday 14th May @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
gildas string quartet

Haydn Quartet in G Op 77/1
Janáček Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Bridge Quartet No.4
* Special post-concert event

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£5 - £4
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Radicals – Outsiders Changing the World

Monday 15th May @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Radicals – Outsiders Changing the World

The world is changing in unexpected ways. The power of radical ideas and groups is growing. What was once considered extreme is now the mainstream. But what is the real power of radicals? And what does the future hold? Jamie Bartlett discusses these areas in his new book.

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£25 - £30
how to: Academy presents:

President Trump: 100 days Debate

Tuesday 16th May @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
President Trump: 100 days Debate

how to: Academy presents – James Rubin & Jonathan Freedland in debate with Melanie Phillips & James Delingpole. Moderated by Emily Maitlis.

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£5
London Fortean Society presents:

The Green Children of Woolpit

Tuesday 16th May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
fortean green children woolpit

One summer in the 12th century harvesters in the fields of the Suffolk village of Woolpit were amazed when two children suddenly appeared, as if out of the ground. Their skin was green, and they spoke an unintelligible language. Later, when they had learnt enough English to communicate, they said they came from a land called St Martin’s Land, where the sun never shone.

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£10
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Fitzwilliam Quartet

Sunday 21st May @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
fitzwilliam string quartet

Bach Contrapuncti 1, 9 & 11 from The Art of Fugue BWV1080
Liz Johnson Tide Purl
Shostakovich Quartet No.13 in B flat minor Op.138
Schubert Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

Special pre-concert event at 5.30pm in the Brockway Room:

Petroc Trelawny interviews Alan George of the Fitzwilliam Quartet about their forthcoming 50th anniversary celebrations and their special connection with the music of Shostakovich.

It was only a year into their residency at York University that the much documented association with Dmitri Shostakovich first catapulted the Fitzwilliam Quartet into the public eye. The composer travelled to York  to hear the British première of his thirteenth quartet (which will be played in this evening’s recital) and this musical friendship (the composer’s own word!) prospered through correspondence, and the presentation of his final two quartets that he wrote in the years following. A planned visit to spend a week with the composer in Moscow however, was abandoned when he sadly  died in August of 1975.  Benjamin Britten afterwards reported (just before his own death) that Shostakovich had told him the Fitzwilliam were his “preferred performers of my quartets”. Having premiered his last three quartets in Britain, the group soon became the first ever to record and perform all fifteen quartets; complete cycles were given in a number of major centres, including London, New York, and Montréal.

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£8 - £5
Conway Hall presents:

War: An Enquiry with A.C. Grayling

Wednesday 24th May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
AC Grayling

Join us at Conway Hall to hear A.C. Grayling – leading philosopher and public intellectual – talk about his new book War: An Enquiry.

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£5 - £8
Newham Bookshop with Conway Hall presents:

An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson

Saturday 27th May @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Jacqueline Wilson
Free
£10
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Hiro Takenouchi & Friends

Sunday 28th May @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
hiro takenouchi and friends - piano trio

Catoire Piano Trio in F minor Op.14
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor Op.50

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June 2017
£3 - £2
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Story of Scepticism

Sunday 4th June @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Do we know anything at all? Is reality what we experience it to be? Or is the world and everything we think about it an illusion? Come and find out what philosophers have thought!

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Free
£15
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

London Mozart Players & Howard Shelley

Sunday 4th June @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
london mozart players - howard shelley

Haydn Symphony No.83 in G minor Hob.1/83
Mozart Piano Concerto No.1 in F K37
Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 in Bb K595
Myslivecek Symphony in C F.26

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£25 - £35
how to: Academy presents:

An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson

Monday 5th June @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson

An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson

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£5
London Fortean Society presents:

Gef the Talking Mongoose

Tuesday 6th June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Gef Mongoose

Christopher Josiffe & Chris Hill On the eve of his 165th birthday (“I was born June 7th 1852, near Delhi, India…”), the London Fortean Society at Conway Hall present for your delectation the strange story of Gef the Talking Mongoose.

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£3 - £2
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Post Election Fever – Mending our Broken Democracy

Sunday 11th June @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
House of Commons Seats

Darren Hughes of the Electoral Reform Society will do the easy job of critically appraising Westminster as is, and go on to suggest alternatives that would work a whole lot better. Decidedly anti-establishment in approach but getting the electorate engaged and interested in the way we run our society. Indeed, aimed at establishing the gold-standard in governance.

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£7 - £4
Adlerian Society UK presents:

Alongsideness in working relationships and as epistemology: What does alongsideness mean to me … and to you?

Tuesday 13th June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Alongsideness in working relationships and as epistemology: What does alongsideness mean to me … and to you?

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Conway Hall presents:

In Search of Paul Robeson

Tuesday 27th June @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
In Search of Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson was a modern renaissance man: lawyer, linguist, actor, professional athlete, civil rights activist and one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson became an international superstar before his socialist political convictions brought him undone in the Mccarthy era.

Author Jeff Sparrow tells Robeson’s story and explores his relevance to contemporary political movements in a new book: No Way But This. He will be in conversation with journalist Ellie Mae O’Hagan.

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July 2017
£30
The School of Life presents:

HEROES: Jimmy Wales interviews Stewart Lee

Wednesday 5th July @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
HEROES: Jimmy Wales interviews Stewart Lee

Join us for a unique meeting of minds. Wikipedia founder and tech pioneer Jimmy Wales meets his hero: BAFTA winning comedian Stewart Lee.

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October 2017
£12 - £7
UZIMA – Natural Holistic Expo presents:

The Business Plan for Peace: Making Possible a World Without War

Monday 2nd October @ 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Scilla Elworthy

Renowned peace expert Dr Scilla Elworthy will draw on research for her latest book to offer insights into the forces driving conflict and how these can be countered. She will present a costed business case for peace and suggestions for how everyone can help work towards it.

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