Sat Jan 19

Time Out says

With two busy days of events, you can immerse yourself in the changing world of the early 1900s as a huge range of talks, debates, discussions and films reveal how old certainties were shattered by a new generation.

Create your own timetable for the day, going from intimate discussions to films, to talks with some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Activities throughout the day include:


An intense, whistle-stop tour through the need-to-know topics from this weekend. These could include:

How did the invention of radio both bring the world closer together and give us the tools to break it apart?
What gave women the idea that they should have rights?
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald - what made Art Nouveau so nouveau?
Why was Scott prepared to die in the name of British glory?


Join top speakers for in-depth discussions of the fundamental questions of early twentieth century. Topics being discussed throughout the weekend:

Marcus Du Sautoy delves into Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
Lisa Appignanesi discusses the huge impact of Freud on the art and thinking of the next century.
Alex Ross, the author of 'The Rest Is Noise', charts the emergence of radical new musical languages in the early twentieth century, taking Strauss's 'Salome' as a point of departure. Helen Carr and Sam Riviere explore Ezra Pound's experimental poetry.
Neil Bartlett discusses the dark eroticism of Salome - the troubling and beguiling heroine of Strauss' seminal work.


Don't know where to start? Let industry experts bring music to life in these beginner's guides. This weekend the session is led by Southbank Centre's Head of Classical Music, Gillian Moore.

Screenings throughout the weekend include
Luchino Visconti's 'Death in Venice' and the BBC's 'The Sound Of Fury' TV series. Plus, the premiere of three episodes of the brand new series 'Wrecking Ball' (free for all and easy listening).


Activities and events all over the site allowing you to get the full flavour of this exciting time of change.

A Weekend Pass is the best way to plunge into the early twentieth century head-first, a world of Suffragettes, Einstein, Freud, Klimt, Schoenberg and revolution.

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Royal Festival Hall details


Royal Festival Hall

Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XX

Transport Waterloo 


0844 847 9910


£12 day pass; £20 weekend pass (not including concerts)