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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.
Find out more about one of our new associate companies
Take a look at some of the first acts and events to grace our reopened venues
Discover the stories, and the designers, behind our brand new collection
Discover our most inclusive programme to date, with a look ahead to WOW 2018
See the first of many huge musical names to be added to the festival line-up
Joan Wasser picks out the tracks she's listening to right now.
Key change-makers and activists from our WOW festival share their tips
See the celebrated conductor and our Artistic Director discuss the work of Bernstein
The Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at Aston University looks at recurring misogyny in neuroscience research
Find out more about our fantastic run of live music gigs taking place from April to September 2018.
Our Senior Programmer for Performance and Dance, Rupert Thomson, introduces our 2018 programme
Why are conductors are so drawn to the music of Gustav Mahler? Find out in this short video interview
Talks, discussions and performances you won't want to miss
Looking for a laugh? Join us at Southbank Centre this spring for some huge names in stand-up comedy
The legendary Finnish composer and conductor reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time
The Director of Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, offers an Insight into the great German photographer and his work
Listen to up-and-coming conductors on the art of baton waving and more
Ahead of the 2018 Brit Awards we take a look at some of the past winners who have also graced our iconic venues
See the greatest actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood in a screening accompanied by live orchestra.
Discover great characters from children's books who don’t conform to the norm
Our Chief Executive selects the tracks she's listening to right now for our new Spotify playlist
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Discover the performances that will get you giggling at our brilliant children's festival
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
The Cure’s Robert Smith is named as the curator for 2018’s Meltdown in its silver jubilee year
Find out about this great of the 20th century
Your weekly hit of fresh music from across the contemporary landscape.
Visual artist Sam Winston questions how we see darkness in this video about his installation
National Poetry Library's pioneering exhibition of Instagram Poetry
Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
See how the return of Hayward Gallery, and its opening Gursky exhibition, went down with art lovers, instagrammers, critics and press.
A big year of live music begins with performances from Joan As Policewoman, Yo La Tengo, Hannah Peel, David Rodigan and more
The celebrated pianist discusses his performance of the notably challenging works
Find out more about one of Andreas Gursky’s early photographs
Find out more about Salerno I (1990) – a pivotal image for the artist
Find out more about May Day IV (2000, remastered 2014), one of Gursky’s monumental crowd scenes
In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at how even the darkest of subjects can inspire great musical works.
The composer accidentally invented rock’n’roll you know
After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
After 12 years at the helm, Jude moves on to focus on the development of WOW - Women of the World
A century on from British women winning the right to vote, we celebrate those who continue to make great strides made in gender equality
See our iconic auditorium as you never have before, through this incredible footage.
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the works of Igor Stravinsky, from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marina Frivola-Walker looks at the composers who shaped the musical landscape of the Soviet Union’s formative years.
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Take our interactive quiz to see which of the Swedish group’s hits matches your personality
Who are the faces inside our wooden chalets?
Discover the celebrated clown Slava Polunin in this in-depth interview
Relive the year ABBA hit the UK, with our interactive timeline
Get in someone's good books by opening the door to a year of arts, culture and events
We help you with those difficult-to-buy-for people
Read an interview with the artist and sculptor on his current Hayward Gallery roof commission
Watch a trailer for the return of this festive favourite
Events for children with sight or hearing impairments and more
Party like it’s 11.59pm with our fantastic New Year’s Eve Spotify playlist
Festive fun that won't hurt your finances
Listen to an in depth talk with Alan Hollinghurst as he discusses his latest novel
Enjoy a series of podcasts featuring star speakers from the 2017 edition of Being A Man festival
A short video of key moments and messages from the fourth edition of the festival
Listen to this Spotify playlist of eight classical pieces to get you in a festive mood
Watch highlights from the comedian’s entertaining appearance at Being A Man festival
An exclusive podcast from the comedian’s frank and funny conversation at Being A Man festival
The clown behind Slava’s Snowshow answers our quick questions
A fascinating interview with the man who went from child soldier to award-winning actor
Listen to specially curated BAM playlists from a Sami rapper and an expert on Grime.
The musician and author will narrate our immersive exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers
Join us to immerse yourselves in all things Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid.
Find your way into the 2017 festival by taking our fun quiz
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Author Jeffrey Boayke looks at the musical genre's impact on male identity.
Get help choosing your BAM festival events
Get warm and cozy with festive food and drink, and a sauna, at Southbank Centre
Get a glimpse into the world of the the author’s many literary characters and creations
See the composer discuss the challenges of conducting Mahler's final work
Get to know the German composer’s important work, with this guide
See how to get the most out of this year's festival
Get set for another hard-hitting fusion of classical and contemporary music
Your best photos and tweets from this year's events

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