Cultural Capital 17 October 2012 Inside Out Highlights from this year's festival. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The New Statesman is proud to be a media partner for this year's Inside Out Festival, which starts next week. Here are some highlights from the programme. Monday 22 October University Challenged Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King College London, The Strand, London WC2, 7pm Marking the 50th anniversary of University Challenge, academics will respond to questions on life, the universe and everything in a cross between University Challenge and Question Time, with quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne. Free. To book, visit www.insideoutfestival.org.uk Tuesday 23 October Death and Space The Deadhouse, Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start "Death and the Contemporary" is a series of site-specific discussion events organised by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera . Confirmed panellists for the first event include Professor Robert Hampson and artist Tom Hunter, together with a rare opportunity to visit this venue. £5 full price; £3 students, unemployed and over 65s. A glass of wine in included in the ticket price. To book, visit www.insideoutfestival.org.uk Tuesday October 23 On Some Threshold of the Air St John’s Waterloo, London SE1, 8pm Songs of Viktor Ullmann with English Touring Opera, the composer of The Emperor of Atlantis, composed in Terezin concentration camp. Followed by a discussion about the work and its context with Professors Robert Eaglestone and Erik Levi. £10; students £5; WDS £5. To book, visit www.insideoutfestival.org.uk Wed 24 October Al-Qa’ida Resurgent? City University, 10 Northampton Square, London EC1, 6pm This forum will feature Abdel Bari Atwan talking about the subject of his new book After Bin Laden: Al-Qa’ida, The Next Generation, with Dr Shane Brighton providing his thoughts on the implications of a resurgence in Al Qaeda activism for Western policies to counter the phenomenon. Free, but booking required. To book, visit www.insideoutfestival.org.uk Thursday October 25 Book as Artefact Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London N1, 6.30pm A discussion of the influence of digitalisation on the book hosted by artist Sam Winston. The panel of illustrious researchers, academics and practitioners from University of the Arts London, make responses to a series of provocative questions, images and statements related to the changing face of the book in recent times. Tickets £11.25 in advance; £13 on the door (cash only). To book, visit www.insideoutfestival.org.uk Friday 26 October London’s Lost Playing Spaces: Walking Tour Fix Coffee, 126 Curtain Road, London EC2, 5pm Visit the sites of some of Elizabethan and Jacobean London’s most important theatres in east London: the recently rediscovered Curtain, where Henry V was first performed; The Fortune, for which the original dimensions still survive; and The Red Bull, notorious for attracting rowdy and occasionally criminally violent audiences. Today, with its clubs and pubs, galleries and shops, east London remains a centre for entertainment and this walking tour will seek out its origins as a place of play. Free with £3 returnable deposit. To book, visit www.insideoutfestival.org.uk Saturday 27 October Conrad’s Secrets: London and its Others The Johnson Bar, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street, London EC4, 12pm for a 12.15pm start Join Professor Robert Hampson for a drink and a talk based around his new book, “Conrad’s Secrets”. Conrad’s Secrets explores various secrets relevant to Conrad’s fiction – naval secrets, trade secrets, sexual secrets, urban secrets and medical secrets. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a Fleet Street landmark. Rebuilt back in 1667, it has strong connections to Conrad and his work. Free event. › What are cathedrals for? Explore the secrets of Joseph Conrad at the Inside Out Festival (photograph: Getty Images) Subscribe For the latest TV, art, films and book reviews subscribe for just £1 per month!