The Being a Man (BAM) is a three-day festival which takes place in November each year, celebrating boys and men, and addressing the pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century.

Topics covered within the BAM programme – via talks, debates, exhibitions and performances – have included lad culture, gang culture, depression, fatherhood, pornography, mental health, male suicide, men behind bars, body image and sexuality.

The festival, which attracts more than 150,000 visitors to its location at the South Bank in London, encourages conversations and the sharing of stories – serious, challenging and light-hearted – about being a man today including shared paternity leave, shyness, video games, and transgender identity.

In 2016, BAM looks at what it means to be a hero, from the artists who challenge expectations, to the heroism it takes to embrace your true identity.

Speakers include rapper and documentary filmmaker Professor Green; hip hop artists The Last Poets alongside Ashley Walters; solo artist and frontman of Bloc Party, Kele Okereke; and Sir Roger Moore, who reflects candidly on stepping into the shoes of the ultimate on-screen hero, 007.

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