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Roll up! CALM heads to Being A Man Festival

Southbank Centre’s Being a Man Festival returns on 25-27 November and CALM is excited to be heading down once more to join the conversation.

We’re officially partnering with #BeingaManFest on four amazing events, including a headline ‘in conversation’ talk with our patron, Professor Green. We’ll also be hosting our ‘CALMzone’ in the Marketplace, where you can come hang out and help us make the next issue of the CALMzine.

Here are our top picks for the weekend. See you there!


Boy’s Don’t Cry – 2pm – 3 pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

In partnership with CALM

One in five 18 to 34-year-olds admit to crying once a week, according to the charity Mind, with four out of five saying that they put a brave face on their anxiety. Why do the younger generation of men and boys consider showing emotion a sign of weakness? How do traditional ideas of masculinity place constraints on men’s inner lives which play out on every level of life? Is the attitude that men should keep their emotions to themselves at the heart of many of the issues facing men and boys today?

A panel of artists, activists and educators, including dancer and choreographer Ivan Blackstock, comedian and CALM ambassador Jack Rooke and paralysed former-rugby player and inspirational speaker Henry Fraser, discuss why it’s still not acceptable for men to show their emotions, and how we can liberate men and boys from this outdated constraint.

Mandown: How To Reduce The Male Suicide Rate – 3.30pm – 4.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

In partnership with CALM

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, with over 76% of all suicides in 2014 being men and three times higher than among women. A panel of speakers with firsthand experience of male suicide debate this important issue, including British mental health campaigner, author and vlogger Jonny Benjamin, who in January 2014 launched a social media campaign called ‘Find Mike’ to search for the stranger who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008. He is joined by Aaron Gillies, a comedian and author also known as @TechnicallyRon; actor Tim Grayburn, author of Boys Don’t Cry: A Story of Love, Depression and Men; and Jane Powell, founder of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).



Grayson Perry – 4.30pm – 5.30pm, Royal Festival Hall

Grayson Perry returns to Being A Man festival to deliver a frank, funny and insightful talk on modern masculinity. Following on from a series of acclaimed documentaries, and alongside the publication of his new book, The Descent of Man, Grayson Perry brings his unique perspective to a range of issues, from the male gaze, macho transvestites and whether the male role is looking a bit threadbare. An award-winning artist, BAFTA-winning TV presenter, Reith Lecturer and best-selling author, Grayson shows us how masculinity is a highly active component in all the big issues. Join Grayson for an intelligent hour of laughs, discussion and costume changes.



Professor Green in Conversation – 12 noon – 12.45pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

In partnership with CALM

Professor Green has recently presented several groundbreaking documentaries for BBC Three which shine a light on a range of issues, from homelessness to dangerous dogs to male suicide and depression. Patron of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Professor Green reflects on his life and music, the challenges men struggle with, and how to overcome them, in this candid conversation. In partnership with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Headspace: Men, Hair and Self Esteem – 3pm – 4pm, Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall

In partnership with CALM

This discussion takes an innovative look at the relationship between hair and men, from the way grooming can create a sense of identity and pride, to the challenge hair loss poses to self esteem and to the many creative ways that men express themselves through their hair. The panel includes Phil Levine, a CALM ambassador and artist who uses his head as a canvas, and Chis Sav, a CALM ambassador and artist who created the Disappointman series. In partnership with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

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