Politics and Spirituality in the late 20th Century

At Politics and Spirituality, the next in the Southbank Centre’s series of weekends forming part of The Rest Is Noise festival, the venue will be presenting two days of talks, screenings, and workshops tracking the rapid changes of the 1970s and 1980s. The weekend will look at topics including Cold War poetry, protest movements, plays, and films.

There will also be opportunities to hear the music created by composers on both sides of the Iron Curtain in response to these changes – whether creating overtly political works or seeking a return to a more spiritual approach.

Weekend/day pass events

Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 November

(From 10am – 6pm. Note, passes do NOT include entry to concerts)

Boom. Bust. Globalisation. Religion. Hope.

By the 1970s, western influences began to creep under the Iron Curtain. We explore this era of change, and seek to understand why it provoked a political and spiritual response from composers across the globe.

Book a weekend or a day pass to be a part of the jam packed programme of events.

Highlights include:

- Historian Catherine Merridale, author of Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin, will deliver the keynote opening lecture on Soviet society in the 70s and 80s.

- A rare opportunity to hear Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina discuss the spiritualism in her music.

- Poets Elaine Feinstein and George Szirtes talk about Cold War Poetry.

- Writer Leslie Woodhead discusses his book How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin with Robin Denselow.

The concert programme includes Transcendent Passion, a performance of Gubaidulina’s String Quartets (Saturday 2 November, free to Day/Weekend Pass holders), while London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts will perform Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No.5 (Amen) – a haunting setting of The Lord’s Prayer (Wednesday 6 November)

Also in the concert programme – John Tilbury introduces extracts from Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraph 5 of The Great Learning by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and James Weeks (Sunday 3 November, free to Day/Weekend Pass holders); and Music Changes Things? – politically drive works from two significant post-war European composers, Hans Werner Henze and Andriessen. (Sunday 3 November, free to Day/Weekend Pass holders).

Layla Alexander-Garrett, who worked as Andrei Tarkovsky’s translator on set, discusses the work and vision of the great Russian filmmaker with chair Gareth Evans, writer and film curator’

Day Passes are just £15 and Weekend Passes are only £25.

£1.75 fee applies to online booking transactions.

No transaction fee for bookings in person or for Southbank Centre Members and Supporters Circles.

For more details and ticket booking visit the webiste.

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