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Death: Southbank Centre's Festival for the Living - Saturday Festival Day Pass

There is so much about our lives that we share and celebrate, so why are we reluctant to bring death to the party? Southbank Centre confronts mortality head-on with music, dance, literature and debate.

Academics, artists, authors and professionals consider different approaches to death, and suggest that, by losing our fear of discussing it, we open the door to a rich and fascinating part of life.

Join us for a stimulating day of art, talks, debates, readings and workshops.

£12 (concessions 50% off, limited availability)
Check the website for full details.

Saturday Festival Day Pass includes:

The Flower is Me
Workshop exploring a child’s relationship to death, hosted once with children and once with adults.

Around the World in 20 Death Rituals
From sky burials in Tibet to dancing with the dead in Madagascar, all societies have created ceremonies to commemorate human passing. We interview anthropologists, writers and funeral leaders for this global snapshot of funeral rites.

Death Bites: More about Mortality
• Funeral services expert and Features Editor at the Funeral Services Journal Brian Parsons takes us Down Among the Dead with a short history of London’s Cemeteries.
• Digital Death PhD student Stacey Pitsillides tells us what happens to our data after we die.
• Award-winning obituary writer Tim Bullamore on the history and art of obituary writing
• Tom Armitage, game designer at Hide&Seek, describes five of his most memorable experiences of dying in video games.

Dulce et Decorum Est – How War Changed the Meaning of Death
A panel, including Jane Furlong at the Imperial War Museum, John Kelly, one of a few men from second world war bomber command still alive today, and journalist and screenwriter Audrey Gillan who was embedded with the army during the Iraq war, look at how war has affected the way we view death and the act of memorial.

Christopher Reid – A Scattering
Christopher Reid’s Costa Award-winning collection A Scattering tells the story of his wife’s final years in delicate, articulate poems remarkable for their poise and emotional restraint. He reads from and discusses the work.

Through the Eyes of a Child
Do we talk to children enough about death, and do dying and bereaved children approach death differently to adults? A panel discusses what adults can learn from children about death and whether death should be on the curriculum.

The Afterlife - 'And then what happens...?’
Whether you think you’re going to heaven, hell, turning into stardust or coming back as an ant, we’ve all wondered what comes next. This panel of secular and religious experts give us their take on whether or not there’s an afterlife - and what really happens when we die.

Death Bites: More about Mortality
• Paul Morley talks about why certain rock stars die when they are 27 and then seem to stay alive.
• Documentary photographer Murray Ballard presents his investigation of cryonics – the practice of preserving a dead human or animal through freezing at extremely low temperatures, in the hope of healing and revival in the future.
• Body Politics: Cultural sociologist Tiffany Jenkins talks about the political lives of dead bodies, from Jesus Christ to Gadaffi.

Meghan O’Rourke
Meghan O’Rourke’s memoir The Long Goodbye is a profound exploration on the nature of grieving, written after her mother died. O’Rourke’s discusses her book, which captures the paradox of grief – its monumental agony and its surprising, small intimacies.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Funerals (but Were Afraid to Ask)
The family of 22 year old Josh Harris-Edmonds, who died in 2011,are joined by Charles Cowling of the Good Funeral Guide, and funeral directors including Chandu Tailor who specialises in Hindu and Sikh funerals. The panel, chaired by Lucy Neal, will dispel common funeral myths and show the different ways that funerals can help with grief, and show ‘Beyond Goodbye’ - a trailer for the film documenting Josh’s funeral.

Whose Life is it Anyway?
Assisted Dying - the Human Rights Debate
Jon Snow chairs a debate on one of the UK’s most controversial issues – assisted dying. Suicide has been legal in the UK since 1961, but it’s a criminal offence to help someone to do it. A panel including human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC discuss some of the moral and legal challenges of normalising assisted suicide.


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Date and Time:

28 January 2012 at 10:00 am


Full Day



Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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