Mandela weekend at Southbank Centre

Saturday 18 July 2015 – Sunday 19 July 2015

What would Nelson Mandela do today?

Head to Southbank Centre to celebrate and explore the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Enjoy free music, talks, film, performances and debates, showcasing new creative talent and ground-breaking debate about South Africa today.


Dynamic talks and debates are at the heart of the festival. Hear from an enthralling line-up of speakers, including poets and performers Leeto Thale and Toni Stuart, screenwriter Omar El-Khairy, journalist Ben White, crime-writer Margie Orford, Human Rights Watch’s Graeme Reid, thinkers and activists Mojisola Adebayo and Zethu Matebeni and novelist Nadia Davids. Topics include:

Sex and politics
Apartheid and cultural boycott
Gender violence
LGBTQI rights
Race, faith, and belonging


Immerse yourself in the best contemporary film from South Africa, exploring country specific issues, global human rights concerns and humanity in general. Watch Mandela, My Dad & Me – a documentary by Idris Elba, inspired by his cinematic portrayal of Mandela – and many more.

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