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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.
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Aaron Williamson: Demonstrating the World
The artist enacts absurdly elaborate live take-offs of YouTube how-to videos.
Africa Utopia Clubnight
The Very Best, masters of Afro-Electronic vibes with their unique blend of dance, hip-hop and traditional Malawian music, take over the Festival Terrace with their very own Johan Hugo behind the decks. Johan has collaborated with M.I.A., Coldplay, Amadou and Mariam, and most recently Mumford & Sons. Rita Ray…
The African Jazz Café
Join Southbank Centre weekend residents Tomorrow's Warriors Youth Ensemble, conducted by Binker Golding, on a tour of Africa jazz giants. Connect with Africa’s spirit of utopia as TWYE presents some of the the continent's best known jazz, afrobeat and most loved Freedom Songs, including Abdullah Ibrahim's…
Try your luck at guessing the next move of Jeppe Hein’s fickle fountain. This interactive sculpture returns to Southbank Centre after popular appearances in previous summers. Shooting jets of water into the air, the fountain creates rooms that disappear as quickly as they emerge. If you guess wrong you might get…
Arctic Love, Just You and Me
Come and see work by the winner of Southbank Centre's nationwide Design Challenge. That winner was Jonathan Kennedy Enyim-Otebil, a 17-year-old art and design student from Barking and Dagenham College. His entry was selected from over 100 others, each proposing a design that would be re-imagined onsite as part of…
Wed 27 Jul
Thu 28 Jul
Fri 29 Jul
Art in an humanitarian crisis
Join a lively discussion of the role of the arts in humanitarian crises. Presented by Good Chance Theatre in association with Pan Intercultural Arts, this talk is part of Encampment ’s Nights of Hope – evenings of music and discussion that seek to reinvigorate the discussion on displacement and asylum. Tonight’s talk…
Hear first-hand stories from the refugees behind the headlines in the powerful Asylum Monologues. 'This waiting for the Home Office to decide – it is a diplomatic form of torture.' ice&fire theatre explores human rights stories through performance and are committed to inspiring artists and audiences alike to…
Marvel at a dramatic live contemporary circus performance from NoFit State. BIANCO is an immersive promenade show directed by Firenza Guidi. It takes place above, behind and all around a standing audience, with a constantly evolving narrative set to a pounding soundtrack performed by a live band. Enjoy an…
Bridesmaid Dress Up
Experience the weekend’s entertainment dressed up in one of our fabulous bridesmaid dresses. You can peruse the choices throughout the day too, and don a dress at any time to swish around the terrace in style.
Celebrate street culture with The Bridge's line-up of dance, graffiti artwork, and music. The Bridge is back for a fourth year, jam-packed with good vibes for the whole family. The classic outdoor hip-hop summer jam is hosted by MCs Ty and Breis. Enjoy the summer sunshine with a serving of funk, soul and classic…
Busk This Town
Enjoy an afternoon of free performances from some of the city’s best-loved buskers. As Londoners, we pass by weird and wonderful street artists on a daily basis. The violinist in your local tube station, the singer in Leicester Square or the saxophonist on the South Bank – hopefully they bring a smile to your face. But…
Champion of the Flatlands
Witness a performance that mixes Indian Kathak dance, BMX freestyle riding and live music. Champion of the Flatlands is a dance performance that incorporates BMXs to explore the quest for the perfect 'trick'. The suspense builds into an explosive stand-off between dancer and BMX rider, featuring UK and Euro champion…
Classical Yoga to Classical Music
Indulge in free outdoor yoga, set to a live classical soundtrack hand picked by BBC Radio 3. This peaceful yet invigorating yoga session, set on Southbank Centre’s Riverside Terrace, will feature inspiring classical music to help you connect mind and body before the busy day begins. There will be three special…
Thu 29 Sep
Sat 1 Oct
Cut A Shine Ceilidh
Join this troupe of traditional musicians and Ceilidh dancers for a rip-roaring barn dance and show. Dynamic Ceilidh dancers lead the charge with their performance, while the banjo and fiddle set an upbeat tone. Callers are on hand to instruct the audience through do-si-do’s and strip-the-willows, and to get your…
The Doctor's Orders Record Fair
The Doctor's Orders teams up with Sampled for a record fair, with stalls from Stones Throw, Mass Appeal, Near Mint, Love Vinyl Vintage, Johnny Roast and many more.
Sat 13 Aug
Encampment by Good Chance Theatre
Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of theatre, goodwill, and hope for the future. Southbank Centre is proud to welcome Good Chance to this year's Festival of Love. Having set up a temporary theatre of hope at the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp, Good Chance presents their series Encampment as just that: a space of welcome…
Sat 30 Jul
Sun 31 Jul
Mon 1 Aug
An exhibition of art by residents of the Calais refugee camp
See the work that resulted from artist Sue Partridge’s art sessions at Good Chance Calais. Having spent several months working with the inhabitants of the Calais refugee camp (also known as the ‘Calais Jungle’), she has this to say of her experiences: ‘It’s unconditional. I am told that there are people from 20…
Sat 30 Jul
Sun 31 Jul
Mon 1 Aug
Festival of Love Closing Party
Join us to bid farewell to our Festival of Love with a heartfelt bang. Festival Terrace comes alive with amazing DJ sets, live performances, and a whole lot of funk. Prepare to hear your favourite love songs, and enjoy with the whole family!
From Analogue to Digital: technology's role in the refugee crisis
Good Chance presents a discussion on the role of technology in the refugee crisis. Refugees who find themselves with nothing but a mobile phone live at the sharpest end of what has been described as 'the transition from the analogue to the digital world'. The discussion will be chaired by Julia Farrington, who works…
Sat 30 Jul
Times to be confirmed / 0844 875 0073
Discover the next Avicii as Grooveschool highlights the talents of young DJs at this event. Dance your afternoon away to a mix of Funk ‘n' Soul, Old School RnB, Drum ‘n' Bass and EDM on our terrace. Grooveschool is a not-for-profit organisation that run projects focused on nurturing young people's engagement…
Witness how music can help us all love one another a little bit more. As part of a day celebrating anniversaries for Festival of Love, we’ve selected an array of bands and musical duos that include members who are in romantic relationships with each other.
History Of Hip Hop
Ralphonze, Mr Thing and Mo Fingaz spin hip hop from 1980 until the present day.
Just You and Me
Come and see work by the winner of Southbank Centre's nationwide Design Challenge. Winner Jonathan Kennedy Enyim-Otebil, a 17-year-old art and design student from Barking and Dagenham College, was selected from over 100 others, each proposing a design that would be re-imagined onsite as part of Festival of Love…
Knit The City
Join artists Deadly Knitshade and Sami Teasdale to ‘graffiti knit’ our site for Urban festival. Concrete meets craft in this original, squishy artwork which will grow throughout the weekend, with opportunities for you to make a piece of the street art yourself.
The Last Tablet (2016)
The Last Tablet is a bracing production about the value of life and the quest for immortality. Living under the shadow of imminent violent death, everyday feeling and living takes on a heightened form, and the question of eternity is ever-present. 'Is he trying to remind us that it was during the Plague that so many…
Tue 2 Aug
See flags of love flying across the Southbank Centre site. Originally commissioned from Turner Prize-nominee Mark Titchner for our first Festival of Love in 2014, the flags incorporate the true lovers’ knot and the rainbow colours that represent the peace and pride movements. The love flags are also animated and…
Made in the 90's
For the first night of Strive festival, we are having an evening of 90s tunes and nostalgia. We have two guest DJs, so expect a mix of genres through the night; from old school r'n'b and garage to Britpop and techno.
Modified Social Benches NY
See (and sit on) Jeppe Hein’s witty reinventions of the park bench, each one different from the next. Based on research around the topic of proxemics and distance and inspired by traditional as well as modern New York benches, a new series of Modified Social Benches emerged. Their design borrows the basic form of…
Wed 27 Jul
Thu 28 Jul
Fri 29 Jul
My Mouth Brought Me Here
This proverb-based production explores freedom of expression and the consequences when it's denied. Deep in the forest, a hunter finds a skull. He steps on it and the skull speaks: 'my mouth brought me here.' Based on the African proverb, and the poetry of Eric Ngalle Charles, My Mouth Brought Me Here features a…
Now We Are Here
What would you want to know of a man struggling for survival? Hear four true refugee stories drawn together into a heartbreaking tale of the pursuit of freedom in Now We Are Here. Michael, Mir, Desmond and Tammy journey to Britain to escape wars and persecution. Freezing temperatures, an alien culture and a fight…
Sun 31 Jul
Pleasure is designed by Studio Long in collaboration with Scenografika. The bright pink neon sign originally shone from the roof of Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre and drew attention to the centre in its new location on the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. An expression of the joy derived from activities held at…
Poetry from Exiled Writers Ink
Hear five poets from a network of refugee, migrant and exiled writers. Exiled Writers Ink promotes cross-cultural dialogue through performance, publishing and education, and advocates human rights through literary expression and activism. Our five poets this evening include Nineb Lamassu, of Assyrian Iraqi roots…
Preparing for the Unpredictable
Glimpse an artist's view of working in 'The Jungle', a life-changing and profoundly challenging experience. Five artists from Pan Intercultural Arts made two visits to the Calais refugee camp in early 2016. They went there in order to run Good Chance theatre workshops for the inhabitants of the camp. Between them…
Queens of Syria
Film Night was a staple of the Good Chance programme in Calais, where international movies from Bollywood to Braveheart brought the camp together. Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of…
Hear the story of two worlds – and pasts – colliding as two boys forge a friendship. Two teenage boys, Owen and Yasser, meet at an abandoned allotment during the summer. By digging beneath the surface and unearthing each other's stories, they explore the challenging questions we ask ourselves and struggle to answer. In…
Sun 7 Aug
What is the personal toll that September 11th has wrought? Find out in this new play. Be vigilant, be careful, there may be a terrorist sitting between you right now, ready to detonate their explosives. September 11th: The day that changed history, with millions of lives affected and millions killed during an…
Our outdoor spaces are transformed into a pop-up basketball court for Strive. Balls and music are provided – all we need is you and your friends to get yourselves here and try out your best moves. Whether you’re the next Michael Jordan or just want to give it a go, come along and take part.
Enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment featuring an eclectic mix of young performers.
Enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment on the last day of Strive Festival.
Swinging Tea Dances
Dive back into the summer of 1946 with our vintage tea dances. Sip afternoon tea and get in the swing of things with live musical entertainment in our pop-up studio and on Southbank Centre's Riverside Terrace.
Sat 24 Sep
Last summer, hundreds of thousands fled their home countries to seek refuge in Europe. The world looked on in shock at mass migration on an unbelievable scale. As these words were being written in the last week of May 2016, 700 people died crossing the Mediterranean, while another 13,000 were rescued. Such alarming…
We Are Not Birds
We Are Not Birds is a walking, talking, living, ever-changing exhibition of people on the move. MAP is a man who has travelled far; his journey is imprinted on his body. STUCK carries a chair strapped to him. His life is on hold, with the future always just out of reach. PAPER has arrived. S/he has a British passport…
Sat 30 Jul
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White Rabbit Red Rabbit
No rehearsals. No director. No set. A different performer reads the script cold for the first time at each performance. Previous performers include Stephen Rea, Ken Loach, Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Millican.
You are what you play - A Games Barter
Play childhood games with Fortune, a group of young-adult refugees and migrants. Fortune use the arts to build bridges between communities by encouraging confidence, trust and communication. They have gathered over 40 games from their childhoods, including running, singing, memory, party and board games. Having…