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Sun 14 November 2021
Tickets £25-£50 *

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Join Ai Weiwei – one of the world’s most famous artists and activists – for a riveting conversation about his widely anticipated memoir, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows.

Come and hear Ai Weiwei as he discusses his ambitious and intimate book, a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father, Ai Qing, the nation’s most celebrated poet.

Ai Weiwei’s sculptures and installations have been viewed by millions across the globe. His political activism has long made him a target of the Chinese authorities, which culminated in months of secret detention without charge in 2011. 

In this unique event, Ai Weiwei will tell the story of an extraordinary life lived under extraordinary circumstances and reflects on the myriad forces that have shaped modern China, and the urgent need to protect freedom of expression.

Booking note:
For this special event, you have two ticket type options when booking.
You can select one of two options: 'ticket only' or 'ticket and book'. If you select the 'ticket and book' option, it includes a copy of Ai Weiwei's new memoir 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows to be collected on the evening (discounted from the RRP price of £25).

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour without an interval


7.30pm: Ticket only: £25/£30 *
Ticket plus book: £45/£50 * (price includes a copy of Ai Weiwei's new memoir, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows to be collected on the evening)

* All ticket prices include a £3 per ticket booking fee