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Death: Southbank Centre's Festival for the Living - Sunday 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.

Sunday Festival Day Pass includes:

Grief and Bereavement
Writer Ian Clayton tells the heartrending story of how he had to decide who to go to first when he and his twins where drowning. He is joined by a panel to discuss how the UK as a society deals -or fails to deal with severe loss and what rituals other societies adopt in order to relieve the sorrow of the grieving process. Chaired by Lucy Neal.

Death Bites: More about Mortality
• Roy Sutherland from the Jamyang Buddhist Centre community talks about the eight stages of the death process (plus sleep, sex and sneezing!)
• Too Poor to Die - Economics and Death
• Dr. John Troyer, Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society, talks about memorial tattooing – and will tell some of these strange and moving stories
Weston Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall

This Is My Life - Performing Ourselves
A performance given by people living with life-threatening illnesses, about the things that matter most in their lives.

Organ Donation - Who holds the key to your heart/kidney/liver?
More than 7,500 people need an organ transplant and an average of three die a day while waiting. This panel explains the realities of organ donation, and unpick the social, moral and cultural reasons behind the statistics.

Design Your Own Dead Good Funeral
With John Fox and Sue Gill
A workshop to dispel common myths, to demonstrate the nuts and bolts of planning a funeral, to inspire you and give you confidence.

Death Bites: More about Mortality
• Tracey Warren on the rise and rise of women in the funeral industry.
• Professor Ken Worpole walks us through the artistry of the European cemetery.
• Louise Bazalgette, a Senior Researcher at the think tank Demos, talks about the Commission on Assisted Dying.
• Ushma Williams explores death and deathless in the Hindu tradition.

Suicide - Not Waving but Drowning
This panel look at the causes of suicide, suicide pacts, the effect of suicide spots on local communities, and how different cultures and religions view suicide.

L Uncut - The Final Preparations
The short film L Uncut is a story of cancer, self-discovery and truth that goes to the heart of palliative care.

Death Bites: More about Mortality
• Miranda Hutton talks about loss and remembering in 'the Rooms Project' - photographs of children's bedrooms who have died.
• Alex Fleetwood, Director of Hide&Seek plays through a game meditating on life and death three times, and discusses how the choices embedded in the game have influenced his thinking about games and death.
• Author Kate Berridge looks at death in the media and popular culture. Are we guilty of taking "a cheap daytrip in other people's misery?"
• The Kestrel on his work which features inner city young people - their lives, gangs, the stark choices they face and their relationship to death.

Survival – The Close Call: Living a Second Life
Surviving a near death experience unleashes a huge range of emotions which are themselves life transforming. This session includes award winning poet Jo Shapcott who won the Costa Prize for her book Of Mutability reading her poems and other members who have had life-changing near-death experiences.

Death Bites: More about Mortality
• Dying in public: expert lecturer in death and dying Dr Kate Woodthorpe on celebrity deaths in the 21st Century
• Dr Henry Seligman on how death comes into the life of a junior doctor
• Photographer Benedict Johnson records pet and zoo animals in death and examines the bond between them and their owners.
• Baroness Neuberger DBE, Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, asks why Jews are good at comforting the bereaved, but not so good at looking after the dying?

Live Fast, Die Never - Living On and On and On and On...
Dr. John Troyer leads a discussion on how new technologies are affecting human death and whether there such a thing as a deathless body. A panel discusses the future of death and living forever.


Jo Shapcott | talks | www


Date and Time:

29 December 2011 at 10:00 am


Full Day



Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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