Being A Man 2015 – Bursting with comedy, conversations & challenging ideas

BAM  – Being a Man Festival

Southbank Centre

Friday 27  – Sunday 29 November

Get ready to be inspired, challenged and provoked at BAM 2015.

Featuring star names like Frankie Boyle, Akala, Kellie Maloney and David Baddiel, BAM is back. Join us for the sharing of stories – serious, challenging and light-hearted – and enjoy the freedom to discuss anything and everything about being a man today. 

Be a part of the conversation with a Day Pass, available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or get a Weekend Pass, granting you access to talks, debates and performances throughout the festival.

See what Phill Jupitus and others had to say about BAM 2014.

Weekend line-up

Friday 27 November

Day Pass £15

Campaigners, experts and film-makers focus on the role of men in society today. We discuss gang culture, mental health, boys’ education and the effect of prison on men. Speakers include barrister Tunde Okewale, Channel 4 presenter Dr Christian Jessen and former gang member Sheldon Thomas.

BAM 2014 panel

Saturday 28 November

Day Pass £15

Topics range from men in the media and being a black man to fashion and sexuality. The day’s line-up includes comedians David Baddiel and Jake Mills, TV presenter Rick Edwards and former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney.

David Baddiel at BAM

Sunday Day Pass

Day Pass £15

Guest speakers including BBC 5 Live presenter Tim Samuels and journalist Mark Simpson discuss body image, sex, footballers and lad culture. Plus, a cast of actors explore the letters of Bond creator Ian Fleming.

BAM 2014 panel

Don’t miss…

Akala at BAM

BAM Live

Sat 28 Nov

An evening of conversation, comedy and live music about what it is to be a man. BAFTA and MOBO award-winning artist Akala is joined by comedian and writer Frankie Boyle and special guests.

Jeremy Hardy at BAM

Jeremy Hardy and Friends

Sun 29 Nov

An evening of lively debate from some of the UK’s finest comic talents. Jeremy Hardy welcomes Robin Ince, Andy Zaltzman, Mark Steel and Ricky Grover for a man-to-man chat.

Jason Isaacs at BAM

Theatre of War

Sat 28 Nov

Jason Isaacs, Lesley Sharp and Aidan Kelly present dramatic readings of ancient Greek tragedies and explore the visible and invisible wounds of war.

Michele Sensidoni at BAM

Beer Brewing Basics for the Modern Man

Sun 29 Nov

Uncover the secrets of brewing with master brewer Michele Sensidoni. Find out the importance of ingredients and get tips on how to brew at home.

Free events

Free events

There are free events to enjoy throughout the BAM weekend. Why not try out Brazilian martial art Capoeira, play table tennis at Frank’s Club or take part in singing workshop Beyond the Bassline?