London Literature Festival with Fatima Bhutto: Bollywood, K-Pop and Beyond
literature & poetry # spoken word & live literature # Fatima Bhutto: Bollywood, K-Pop and Beyond # Part of London Literature Festival # 17 – 27 Oct 2019
India’s Bollywood films, Turkish dizi soap opera and South Korean pop music: mass culture from the East is taking on Hollywood and finding a truly global audience.
Hear from acclaimed author Fatima Bhutto about the vast cultural movement emerging from beyond the Western world.
Drawing on her book New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop, Bhutto speaks on the arbiters behind these cultural movements.
She examines how they interweave traditional values into urbanised settings and how they appeal to many millions.
From behind the scenes of Magnificent Century, Turkey’s biggest TV show, watched by upwards of 200 million people across 43 countries, to South Korea to see how ‘Gangnam Style’ became the first YouTube video with one billion views, Bhutto charts the extraordinary rise and reach of these cultural phenomena.
Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1982. She grew up in Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of five previous books, including The Shadow of the Crescent Moon which was longlisted in 2014 for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and highly acclaimed novel The Runaways.
21 Oct 2019 7:15 pm
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Purcell Room in Southbank Centre London
Bringing new resonance to timeless narratives, Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival returns for its 13th year with an exploration of fairy tales for our times with today’s leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers.
Over 11 days of talks, readings, poetry and performance, the festival features Elizabeth Day, Armistead Maupin, Brett Anderson, Heather Morris, Lemn Sissay, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Nikki Giovanni, Fatima Bhutto and Jung Chang.
The festival once again opens with Poetry International, Southbank Centre’s longest running festival, founded by Ted Hughes, former poet laureate, in 1967. This year follows the theme of disruption.
The Purcell Room in Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment. With new improved facilities and acoustics, this intimate wood-panelled auditorium provides a platform for music and performance events, a variety of talks and debates, plus readings of classical and modern literature.
The world-renowned venue has played host to some of the biggest names of the 20th century and beyond, including David Bowie, Daniel Barenboim, Marianne Faithfull and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall.
London Literature Festival
17 – 27 Oct 2019
poetry – spoken word & live literature
# website Queen Elizabeth Hall / Purcell Room
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