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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…
Afro Dance Xplosion
Workshops hosted by some of Africa's best dance practitioners.
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…
Fri 26 Aug
Sat 27 Aug
Sun 28 Aug
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. Outfits are available to wear all day. Peruse the choices and don a dress to swish around the terrace in style.
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…
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!
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 bands which include members who are in romantic relationships with each other. 16:00-16:40 - A&E Oldtime String Band 17:10-17:50 - Jaywalkers 18:20-19:00…
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…
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…
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…
Fri 26 Aug
Sat 27 Aug
Sun 28 Aug
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…
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.