30 April 2014
WNO is collaborating with Maimonides Interfaith Foundation on a series of five events across Wales & England this Summer, that will explore and debate faith and culture in today's society.
The talks will run alongside the theme of our summer season - Faith, and will feature internationally renowned thinkers and key figures from the UK, who will explore and debate contemporary challenges relating to the role of faith, identity and religion today.
Friday 23 May 8 - 9.30pm, David Pountney in conversation with Mona Siddiqui OBE, Commentator and Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Tuesday 17 June: I am Me - Live, The Drum, Birmingham. Hosted by internationally renowned British Asian reggae artist, DJ and TV presenter, Apache Indian, and will include headline acts TaZzZ and Raxstar, featuring Rita Morar Immi and Priti Menon, Dr Zeus and DJ Doni Brasco who will remix samples from Nabucco.
Ahead of WNO's performances at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 25 and 26 July, two talks will also take place in the Clore Studio in partnership with Royal Opera House. The first on Monday 2 June will be a debate chaired by Abdul Rehman Malik, Journalist and Programme Director of the Radical Middle Way. Along with panelists including Julie Siddiqi, from the Islamic Society of Britain, Dave Rich, Deputy Director of Communications at the Community Security Trust and Daniel Trilling, Editor of the New Humanist magazine, they will debate the question, Is there room in Britishness for cultural difference?
Closing the talk series will be a second event at the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 1 July. This will be led by Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, and author and internationally renowned scholar on comparative religions and founder of the Charter for Compassion Karen Armstrong FRSL who will discuss and explore religion and conflict in the world today on the topic, Why the world needs compassion now.
To find out more and how to book, go to wno.org.uk/oneworldmanyfaiths