Pure Land Series: The Impact of Being a Man
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18:30 to 19:45

Jude Kelly CBE, Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director and Founder of the annual BAM-Being a Man Festival will curate a panel discussion about the impact of the festival which addresses the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century.


Read more about the speakers Jude has invited for the evening:

Jack Rooke’s Edinburgh Fringe show, Good Grief, written with his 85-year old Nan, was nominated for Best Show by an Emerging Artist at the Total Theatre Awards 2015. This critically acclaimed debut brings comic light to personal tragedy and bereavement and has since been adapted into a BBC Radio 4 comedy and a BBC Three documentary about happiness. The show delves into issues surrounding manhood, a theme that Jack explores across his work.

LionHeart is a TEDx Speaker, award winning poet and International spoken word performer who speaks and ‘writes for those with walls for windows’. Author of upcoming poetry collection The Mute’s Rebellion, which excavates memories of social anxiety, selective mutism, masculinity, emotional vulnerability and more. He is also Co-Founder of international and innovative debate platform SubjectivityUK based in London, Birmingham and New York.

Leiran Gibson is a British-born Caribbean actor, writer and illustrator who trained at St Mary’s University, before becoming a Youth Ambassador and a BAMbassador for the Southbank Centre.

The evening offers an exclusive preview for the 2017 Being a Man (BAM) festival. Now in its fourth year, the BAM Festival has received widespread acclaim for its poignant and necessary discussions around men’s mental health, addressing the challenges and pressure of masculine identity in our modern age.

The Pure Land Series at China Exchange invites inspirational speakers and like-minded people to share their visions of a world grounded in compassion, empowerment, spirituality and creativity. The series is hosted by the Pure Land Foundation, supporting charitable endeavours to promote social, spiritual and emotional wellness. It also aims to enrich lives through art and music.