Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
  • Box office 0844 875 0073
  • General enquiries 020 7960 4200
  • Bar open Mon-Sun 10am-9pm
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  • Website www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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Southbank Centre

Arguably the leading arts venue in the UK, the Southbank Centre, comprising five main venues – Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery and the Saison Poetry Library – occupies a 21-acre site on the banks of the Thames. Originally created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, over the decades the institution has flourished to become a thriving festival site, hosting music, dance, art, spoken word and performance events. The venue not only supports four resident orchestras, 14 artists in residence and over 100 more artistic organisations, it also manages the Art Council Collection and curates the Hayward Touring Exhibition which visits venues across the country.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Event times

There are 44 events at this location

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67 Small Acts For Big Change

Pick up your list and see when you can complete acts with us over the summer, or choose acts you can complete on your own.

Tue 7 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 8 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 45 more dates until 31 Aug

Adopting Britain

An interactive, accessible exhibition about immigration as part of Changing Britain, created to open up discussion around one of the most politically sensitive and pertinent topics of this year's election.

Tue 7 Jul

Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 8 Jul

Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 59 more dates until 6 Sep

Architecture Tour

Explore he site and discover the creative design of the building within the context of 20th century architecture.

Thu 9 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50; £4.25) / 0844 875 0073

Sat 11 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50; £4.25) / 0844 875 0073

Thu 16 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50; £4.25) / 0844 875 0073

…and 11 more dates until 25 Aug

Average White Band

The funkiest band ever to come from Dundee, or Scotland for that matter. They're a bit long in the tooth these days but they can still recapture that Sly Stone/Isley Brothers summer spirit in their current set.

Sat 21 Nov

Royal Festival Hall

£30–£40 / 0844 875 0073

Badge Making: Workshop

Create your own pin badges from hundreds of photographs from the Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive. Wear your badge or add it to the denim badge wall to participate in the exhibition.

Tue 7 Jul

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 8 Jul

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 59 more dates until 6 Sep back to top

Badke

The Palestinian celebratory dance of Dabke fused with modern dance, hip hop, circus and more by Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero from Les Ballets C de la B and Hildegard De Vuyst from The Royal Flemish Theatre.

Tue 14 Jul

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Behind The Scenes Tour

Get to see the places that are usually off limits.

Sat 11 Jul

Meet at the Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

Sat 18 Jul

Meet at the Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

Sun 19 Jul

Meet at the Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

…and 7 more dates until 20 Sep

Carsten Holler: Decision

Sculptures, videos, installations and light works by the Belgian artist, including significant early works such as The Pinocchio Effect, 1994 and the on-going piece Upside Down Goggles.

Tue 7 Jul

Hayward Gallery

£13.50 (£10; £11.50; £10; Children £9 ages 12-18) / 0844 875 0073

Wed 8 Jul

Hayward Gallery

£13.50 (£10; £11.50; £10; Children £9 ages 12-18) / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Hayward Gallery

£13.50 (£10; £11.50; £10; Children £9 ages 12-18) / 0844 875 0073

…and 59 more dates until 6 Sep

Creative Writing Course 2015

An opportunity to learn more about creating your own work, from bath-time picture books to sophisticated graphic novels.

Wed 5 Aug

Royal Festival Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Wed 2 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Wed 7 Oct

Royal Festival Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

…and 2 more dates until 2 Dec

The Crick Crack Club: Fabularium Fairytale Festival

Afternoon shows for families and evening performances for grown-ups, featuring a host of performance storytellers, including Ben Haggarty, Xanthe Gresham and more.

Fri 24 Jul

£5–£8 (Family £15) / 0844 875 0073

Sat 25 Jul

£5–£8 (Family £15) / 0844 875 0073

Sun 26 Jul

£5–£8 (Family £15) / 0844 875 0073

…and 6 more dates until 2 Aug back to top

Deco Ensemble

The London-based five-piece performs its melange of classical, dance and jazz, with a tango flavour.

Thu 9 Jul

Purcell Room

£10 / 0844 875 0073

Dhruv Arts UK presents: Carnatic Strings

Double bill of South Indian music from the Madras String Quartet and Raga Garage: Jyotsna Srikanth, Robert Atchison and Shadrach Solomon.

Tue 21 Jul

Purcell Room At Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15–£20 / 0844 875 0073

Dragon Babies: Workshop (Ages 3-5)

An Asian-themed movement, singing and percussion session, set to the sounds of a Javanese orchestra.

Mon 13 Jul

The Mercer's Company Gamelan Room at Royal Festival Hall

£5 / 0844 875 0073

Echoes & Reverberations

A group exhibition exploring performative approaches to aural culture and oral history, including works by Jumana Emil Abboud and Joe Namy.

Tue 7 Jul

Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 8 Jul

Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 38 more dates until 16 Aug

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Couple Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn have collaborated to produce a piece of contemporary theatre that tells the truth about mental health, through home made music, dancing, onstage arguments, real life stories, tears and truths.

Fri 10 Jul

Purcell Room

£17 / 0844 875 0073

Sat 11 Jul

Purcell Room

£17 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 12 Jul

Purcell Room

£17 / 0844 875 0073

…and 6 more dates until 18 Jul back to top

Funmi Olawumi

The singer and her nine-piece ensemble perform world music and Afrobeat.

Mon 20 Jul

Purcell Room

£17.50 / 0844 875 0073

Gareth Malone

The TV choirmaster heads out on tour.

Mon 30 Nov

Royal Festival Hall

£19.50–£39.50 / 0844 875 0073

Garsington Opera: A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Directed by: Douglas Boyd (cond)

Douglas Boyd conducts Garsington Opera Orchestra & Chorus in collaboration with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and RSC actors for a performance of Shakespeare's fairy tale offset by Mendelssohn's overture.

Wed 22 Jul

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15–£45 / 0844 875 0073

Thu 23 Jul

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15–£45 / 0844 875 0073

Fri 24 Jul

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15–£45 / 0844 875 0073

Gary Ryan, Craig Ogden and Morgan Buckley

A showcase of British Guitar Music.

Wed 15 Jul

Purcell Room

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Goldie & Heritage Orchestra: Timeless (Sine Tempore)

The drum'n'bass icon's 1995 debut album is performed in its entirety by the orchestra.

Wed 22 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

£25–£40 / 0844 875 0073

Thu 23 Jul

Royal Festival Hall

£25–£40 / 0844 875 0073

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Love Redesigned: Workshop

Over six weeks this sustainable design collective explores love of people, planet and objects through crafty games and expressive mark-making.

Wed 8 Jul

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Fri 10 Jul

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 5 more dates until 17 Jul

A Love Supreme: A Tribute To John Coltrane

To marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's only live performance of A Love Supreme, The Quartet - featuring MOBO award-winning saxophonist Denys Baptiste - performs the jazz piece.

Fri 10 Jul

Foyer Spaces

Free / 0844 875 0073

Lungs

Duncan Macmillan's story about a couple who want to try for a child for the right reasons, but in a time of political unrest, overpopulation and a change in the weather, what are the right reasons?

Wed 8 Jul

Roundabout

£18 / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Roundabout

£18 / 0844 875 0073

Fri 10 Jul

Roundabout

£18 / 0844 875 0073

…and 6 more dates until 18 Jul

The Mahotella Queens

All-female South African dance collective.

Wed 22 Jul

£14 / 0844 875 0073

New Life Drawing Concept

Examine how artists across history have used mental as well as manual techniques to solve the problem of representing the figure, in a regular session taught by classically trained artist and Doctor of Art History, Theo Rhyn, and Topolski Studio's Education Officer, Andrea Marie.

Tue 7 Jul

Topolski Century

£12 / 0844 875 0073

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Nightowl Boat Party

Enjoy the views of the London Skyline as DJs spin house and techno.

Sat 18 Jul

£20 adv / 0844 875 0073

Niran Obasa

The Nigerian pianist performs jazz and World music both solo and as part of a big band as part of his Southbank Centre debut.

Thu 23 Jul

Purcell Room

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Paines Plough - Jonny & The Baptists: The End Is Nigh

This latest show from the multi award-nominated musical comedians sees them attempt to resolve climate change to keep a promise to Jonny's four-year-old niece.

Wed 15 Jul

Thu 16 Jul

Paines Plough - The Initiate

An intense play by Alexandra Wood about a British couple who are seized by Somali pirates.

Tue 7 Jul

Roundabout

£18 / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Roundabout

£18 / 0844 875 0073

Sat 11 Jul

Roundabout

£18 / 0844 875 0073

…and 4 more dates until 18 Jul

Pains Plough - Our Teachers A Troll

Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny - until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp fangs and a long spiky tail…

Sat 11 Jul

Roundabout

£12 (Children £6) / 0844 875 0073

Sun 12 Jul

Roundabout

£12 (Children £6) / 0844 875 0073

Sat 18 Jul

Roundabout

£12 (Children £6) / 0844 875 0073

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Performance Programme: Echoes & Reverberations

An afternoon of free, newly commissioned performances to accompany the free Echoes & Reverberations exhibition in Hayward Gallery Project Space.

Sat 18 Jul

Poetry Comics

Illustrated works on display by Kenneth Koch, Joe Brainard and Bianca Stone, as well as a number of examples available to read.

Tue 7 Jul

Saison Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 8 Jul

Saison Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Saison Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 3 more dates until 12 Jul

Poetry International: Modern War Poetry

Syrian-Kurdish poet Golan Haji and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh discuss how they express their experiences of conflict. Chaired by BBC broadcaster Harriett Gilbert.

Sat 25 Jul

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Rebecca Ferguson

Big ballads and coffee table soul from the Scouse finalist of the 2010 X Factor. Her new album Lady Sings the Blues is a reinterpretation of the best of Billie Holiday's classic songs.

Tue 26 Jan 2016

Royal Festival Hall

£35–£45 / 0844 875 0073

Richard Thompson

Multi-talented Thompson is a critically acclaimed and prolific songwriter and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time.

Sun 20 Sep

£25–£29.50 / 0844 875 0073

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Scotch & Soda

Enjoy cabaret-style circus performance, dance and music, with live music from The Crusty Suitcase Band.

Wed 8 Jul

£12.50 from / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

£12.50 from / 0844 875 0073

Fri 10 Jul

£12.50 from / 0844 875 0073

…and 17 more dates until 2 Aug

Simon Linington

Performance, sculpture, film and photography curated by Hayward Gallery Assistant Curator, Dominik Czechowski.

Tue 7 Jul

Concrete at Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 8 Jul

Concrete at Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Thu 9 Jul

Concrete at Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 24 more dates until 2 Aug

Sketch & Draw: Workshop

Workshops on still life, landscape and portrait drawing with Sheridan Quigley, Cat Roissetter and Sofia Welch.

Sat 11 Jul

Level 4 Blue Bar at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Sun 12 Jul

Level 4 Blue Bar at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Social Dance

A ballroom dancing event for all levels of ability.

Tue 7 Jul

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Tue 21 Jul

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Tue 11 Aug

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Mon 17 Aug

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Some Voices Present Romeo + Juliet

High-energy indie choir Some Voices take over Southbank Centre with a choral re-telling of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

Sat 11 Jul

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Stoneywell And The Philosophy Behind The Arts And Crafts Movement By Rowan Roenisch

Rowan Roenisch, Architectural Historian, will give a talk on "The new National Trust property, Stoneywell, and the philosophy behind the Arts and Crafts Movement" to the Hoby & District Local History Society.

Wed 15 Jul

Sufjan Stevens

American singer-songwriter who came to prominence after 2000's A Sun Came. Renowned for experimenting with different styles, from electronic to lo-fi folk, Stevens' latest album is called Carrie & Lowell.

Wed 2 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Times to be confirmed / £20–£30 (£10–£15) / 0844 875 0073

Thu 3 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Times to be confirmed / £20–£30 (£10–£15) / 0844 875 0073

Ursula Martinez: Free Admission

The Olivier-Award winning performance provocateur explores the absurdities of modern life and the difficulties of being a woman.

Tue 28 Jul

Purcell Room

£17 (£8.50) / 0844 875 0073

Wed 29 Jul

Purcell Room

£17 (£8.50) / 0844 875 0073

Thu 30 Jul

Purcell Room

£17 (£8.50) / 0844 875 0073

…and 3 more dates until 2 Aug

WASP

Blackie Lawless' once notorious full-on metal outfit whose name is an acronym for We Are Sexual Perverts.

Fri 18 Sep

£20 / 0844 875 0073

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