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Come rain, come shine, Southbank Centre’s the place to be this half term
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The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Discover his hopes for the future of dance and his relationship with Southbank Centre in this Q&A

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Author and journalist John Battersby recounts time spent with the South African leader
Introducing Hayward Gallery's mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed artist Lee Bul
Have you noticed the bright new flags fluttering from Royal Festival Hall?
Enjoy ten top tracks, handpicked by the electronic pioneers
Come rain, come shine, Southbank Centre’s the place to be this half term
Listen to three powerful Spotify playlists from Carleen Anderson, Rod Youngs and Renell Shaw
The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
Discover his hopes for the future of dance and his relationship with Southbank Centre in this Q&A
Get a unique look into Hayward Gallery history with this remarkable anthology
Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career
The singer and journalist on the importance of music as a tool of protest
Take a look at the literary greats set to appear at Southbank Centre in 2018
Discover the turbulent relationship between Sergei Prokofiev and the Soviet regime
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
These two artists prove they still have plenty to offer
See the Finnish violinist discuss the composer’s First Violin Concerto in this video
Get inspiration for your bank holiday reading from our literature team
The composer and electronic musician picks out the tracks she's listening to right now.
A celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and more
The celebrated composer, producer and tabla player shares some of his favourite music
Enjoy this fantastic South Asian family recipe
Listen to this explanatory podcast with architect Richard Battye
The best tweets and Instagram photos from the first week of our brutalist venues’ return
Meet an orchestra not like any other, one that doesn’t even call itself an orchestra.
Enjoy a classic Indian inspired dish from Alchemy
Watch a series of short video interviews with the famed guitarist and composer
What connects American art rock and West African music traditions?
Sink into this Spotify playlist to partner our Concrete Dreams exhibition
Yep, even more! See who's been added to the festival's fantastic line-up
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Discover what's new with the library’s online presence
Discover the fascinating history of our iconic buildings with Dr. Otto Saumarez Smith
Cook and enjoy this fantastic Afghan recipe from Ladle & Skillet
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
Discover the people and the recipes behind the delicious South Asian street food
Find out what our literature programming team have been reading this past month
Discover some of the greats that have graced the stages of Queen Elizabeth Hall
Watch this illuminating video interview with the celebrated Korean composer
Take a look at six fantastic female focussed jewellery designs from our shop
The comedian talks us through some of his favourite performances
Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it
Find out more about Tokyo (2017), one of Gursky’s most recent works
Looking for ideas for entertaining the kids this Easter? We’ve got plenty
Enjoy a unique and in-depth insight into the photographer’s work in this video
Get set to enjoy Southbank Centre even later with this new night
Relive five fantastic days of WOW through the eyes of those who joined us
Watch Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Laura Bates and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in discussion, in this video from WOW 2018
Listen to award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this great podcast from WOW 2018
Find out more about this image depicting North Korea’s Mass Games
Ruby Wax in conversation about her new book, How to Be Human: The Manual
Listen to some of the best bits of WOW 2018 from our speakers in this podcast playlist
Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
Hear from leading women in the creative industries creating change including Vanessa Kingori, Publishing Director at Vogue UK
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Enjoy this specially curated Spotify playlist featuring artists from across the Meltdown lineup
All you need to know about the musician ahead of his Southbank Centre world premiere of TELEKINESIS
Find out more about Utah (2017), a new work based on a mobile phone photograph
Scroll through our interactive timeline of key moments in the fight for women’s rights and gender equality in Britain.
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.

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