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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

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There are 39 events at this location

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1521 Summer Exhibition

Film and photography created by young participants in the Centre's courses, including three short films on the theme of Love.

Mon 31 Aug

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Tue 1 Sep

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 2 Sep

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 4 more dates until 6 Sep

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.

Mon 31 Aug

Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

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.

Mon 31 Aug

Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Tue 1 Sep

Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 2 Sep

Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 4 more dates until 6 Sep

Africa Utopia

A celebration of African culture, with music, dance, literature and theatre events across four days. Guests include legendary drummer Tony Allen, Senegalese supergroup Orchestra Baobab and soulful West African singer Kasse Mady Diabate.

Thu 10 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Free-£30 / 0844 875 0073

Fri 11 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Free-£30 / 0844 875 0073

Sat 12 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Free-£30 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 13 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Free-£30 / 0844 875 0073

Architecture Tour

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

Thu 3 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50; £4.25) / 0844 875 0073

Sat 5 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50; £4.25) / 0844 875 0073

Thu 10 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50; £4.25) / 0844 875 0073

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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

The Bach Choir : JS Bach: Mass in B Minor

Performance of Bach's Mass in B minor by the choir with baroque ensemble Florilegium, conducted by David Hill and featuring counter tenor Lestyn Davies, tenor, Ed Lyon and bass, Neal Davies.

Sun 5 Jun 2016

Royal Festival Hall

£10–£48 / 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.

Mon 31 Aug

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Tue 1 Sep

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 2 Sep

Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 4 more dates until 6 Sep

The Beautiful Octopus Club

A festival that features performers and DJs from across the learning disability scene and beyond. DJ Soundclash with DJ crews from across London and the UK.

Fri 4 Sep

Free / 0844 875 0073

Behind The Scenes Tour

Get to see the places that are usually off limits.

Thu 10 Sep

Meet at the Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

Mon 14 Sep

Meet at the Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

Sun 20 Sep

Meet at the Royal Festival Hall

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

…and 4 more dates until 25 Oct back to top

Big Wedding Makeathon: Workshop

Fun, interactive sessions of crafty creativity, making bunting-in-a-box, secret message jigsaws, confetti balloons, paper flowers and crafty cake-toppers.

Mon 31 Aug

Level 2 Foyers at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Bruno Heinen & Kristan Borring

The pianist and bass player collaborate on interpretations of the music of Bill Evans and original material.

Fri 22 Jan 2016

Royal Festival Hall, Foyer

Free / 0844 875 0073

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.

Mon 31 Aug

Hayward Gallery

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

Tue 1 Sep

Hayward Gallery

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

Wed 2 Sep

Hayward Gallery

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

…and 4 more dates until 6 Sep

Chineke! Orchestra (Africa Utopia)

The brainchild of leading double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, who aims to both celebrate the creative energy of musicians of colour and inspire new generations of instrumentalists.

Sun 13 Sep

£15–£20 / 0844 875 0073

Cookbook Confidential: The Food & Drink Festival

Celebrating its acclaimed and dynamic cookery list, Octopus has devised a series of events to satisfy all tastes.

Sat 5 Sep

£10–£20 / 0844 875 0073

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Creative Writing Course 2015

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

Wed 2 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Wed 7 Oct

Royal Festival Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Wed 4 Nov

Royal Festival Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Wed 2 Dec

Royal Festival Hall

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Dineo Seshee Bopape: Slow-Co-Ruption

Hayward Gallery presents the first UK solo exhibition by South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape.

Mon 31 Aug

Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Tue 1 Sep

Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 2 Sep

Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 25 more dates until 27 Sep

Dragon Babies: Workshop (Ages 3-5)

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

Mon 31 Aug

The Mercer's Company Gamelan Room at Royal Festival Hall

£5 / 0844 875 0073

Game Music Connect

Sessions on the next frontier in video games - Virtual Reality (VR) - as well as further expanding on diverse practical topics.

Tue 15 Sep

Purcell Room

£130 / 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

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Groove Baby: Randolph Matthews

Percussive melodies and songs melding jazz, soul and ethnic beatbox for parents, carers and their little ones.

Wed 16 Sep

£10 (£5) / 0844 875 0073

The Ingrid Bergman Tribute

Italian songstress Isabella Rossellini and Isle Of Wight-born actor Jeremy Irons pay tribute to the three time Academy Award-winning actress, famous for her role in Casablanca.

Sun 6 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£25–£40 / 0844 875 0073

James McVinnie With Bedroom Community

The ensemble and soloist perform music by Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurosson, Philip Glass and other composers.

Thu 24 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£7.50–£20 adv / 0844 875 0073

Jazz Piano Summit

A tribute to influential jazz master John Taylor, featuring appearances from Michael Wollny, Gwilym Simcock and Richard Fairhurst, plus former students including Liam Noble, Tom Cawley, Kit Downes, John Turville, Tom Hewson and saxophonist Trish Clowes.

Wed 9 Sep

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15–£25 / 0844 875 0073

Kasse Mady Diabate (Africa Utopia)

For this concert, Kasse is accompanied by three musicians who represent different areas of Manding-speaking West Africa.

Sat 12 Sep

£15–£25 / 0844 875 0073

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Mon 31 Aug

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Moby Dick Unabridged

Over four days, famous actors, writers, comedians, rock stars and Herman Melville's great great great granddaughter lead a live reading of the literary classic, enhanced with contributions from animators, choirs, video artists, theatre groups and musicians. Members of the public can apply for a reading slot by registering…

Thu 1 Oct

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Fri 2 Oct

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Sat 3 Oct

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Sun 4 Oct

Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free / 0844 875 0073

Orchestra Baobab + Blick Bassy (Africa Utopia)

One of the best known groups in Africa, Orchestra Baobab formed in 1970, taking their name from the Dakar night-club where they were resident.

Fri 11 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£20–£25 / 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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Sara Naim

Abstract photographs that contrast geographic landscapes with the landscape of the body, depicting textured surfaces of metamorphic rock, magnified skin cells and interior organs, including the heart and lungs.

Mon 31 Aug

Concrete Cafe at Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Tue 1 Sep

Concrete Cafe at Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

Wed 2 Sep

Concrete Cafe at Hayward Gallery

Free / 0844 875 0073

…and 18 more dates until 20 Sep

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance - Double Bill: Strange Blooms & New Work

Bringing together star soloists Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran, artists of the Indian diaspora whose backgrounds are in classical and hip-hop dance respectively.

Wed 16 Sep

Thu 17 Sep

Star Boy Productions

A play about African migrants coming to Europe. Created by Etuwe Bright Junior, Lateef Babatunde, Aloys Kwaakum, Ahilan Ratnamohan and Kristof Persyn. Lighting by Wouter Dupon. Co-produced by Monty and CC Luchtbal.

Fri 11 Sep

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

Sat 12 Sep

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

£15 (£7.50) / 0844 875 0073

Sun Kil Moon

Aka Mark Kozelek aka Red House Painters. Whatever the name, beautiful sad music is guaranteed.

Fri 22 Jul 2016

Royal Festival Hall

£25–£32.50 / 0844 875 0073

Tangos For Angels And Demons

Tango masterpieces by the great Astor Piazzolla, with music from Tango Siempre Septet and soprano Ann Liebeck, and guest appearances from baritone Nuno Silva and tango dancers David and Kim Benitez.

Sun 6 Sep

Purcell Room

£16–£24.50 / 0844 875 0073

Tom Robinson

The veteran singer-songwriter, bassist and activist performs punk and new wave hits from throughout his career including 'Glad To Be Gay', '2-4-6-8 Motorway' and 'Up Against The Wall'.

Fri 18 Sep

Queen Elizabeth Hall

£17.50–£22.50 (£8.75–£11.25) / 0844 875 0073

Tony Allen Review

The influential Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter performs his brand of blues, jazz and world music with special guests, including Toumani Diabate, Sidiki Diabate and Oxmo.

Sun 13 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£15–£30 / 0844 875 0073

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

What You Need To Know - Berg's Wozzeck

Southbank Centre's director of music Gillian Moore and Royal Holloway University's Professor Julian Johnson discuss Austrian composer Alban Berg's first opera.

Sun 27 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

£39 (£19.50) / 0844 875 0073

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