Re-opening - Trailer 7 (19/03/18)

Let The Light In

Thanks to you, we’ve reached our goal and let the light in to Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

The incredible support of over 53,000 generous individuals and our partners Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund along with Trusts, Foundations and companies means that our 1960s arts venues have been restored ready for the next 50 years.

Hayward Gallery reopened on 25 January to much acclaim, and Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room followed suit on 9 April with The Observer commenting that these much loved concert halls are now 'glowing with renewed lustre’

...the Hayward Gallery has had a glorious rebirth
The Times

Through the campaign, the importance of these buildings has been recognised by artists, supporters and audiences sharing personal stories, career defining moments and life-changing experiences.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery have now been firmly reinstated as places for new work, new ideas and new artists. Without your support, this wouldn’t have been possible.

The artistic possibilities for the future are limitless. Thank you for the part you have played. We couldn’t have done it without you.

It’s not about donating to a building. It’s about making a real contribution to the cultural life of Britain for many decades to come.
Susan Gilchrist, Chairman of Southbank Centre Board of Governors

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Nelson Mandela visits Hlengiwe

Free

Free

Various times
until 19 Aug 2018
Various times | until 19 Aug 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Mark 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth, in this exhibition about his fight for equality
Mark 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth, in this exhibition about his fight for equality
11:00 am
Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:00 am | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Come to this workshop to explore how to craft a solo performance that connects with your ancestry
Come to this workshop to explore how to craft a solo performance that connects with your ancestry
Sold out
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Yuan Goang-Ming Tomorrowland

Free

Free

Various times
until 6 Aug 2018
Various times | until 6 Aug 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
A free exhibition of recent work by pioneering Taiwanese video artist Yuan Goang-Ming
A free exhibition of recent work by pioneering Taiwanese video artist Yuan Goang-Ming
1 Jun 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Art
Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape
Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape
11:30 am
Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 22 Jul 2018
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance
Sold out

Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Jul 2018
Various times | until 22 Jul 2018
Browse this specially curated festival market for the latest fashion, art, books and more
Browse this specially curated festival market for the latest fashion, art, books and more
12:00 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Discover timeless and undiscovered works of poetry from the African literary canon
Discover timeless and undiscovered works of poetry from the African literary canon
Photo showing two women posing in a headscarf and a neck scarf

Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Jul 2018
Various times | until 22 Jul 2018
Art
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
12:00 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Is this the ultimate comfort food?
Is this the ultimate comfort food?

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:45 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game

Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Jul 2018
Various times | until 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

1:15 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
1:15 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Learn dynamic dance moves at an open workshop
Learn dynamic dance moves at an open workshop
1:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Hear speakers reflect on how their lives have been shaped by Pan-Africanism and other movements
Hear speakers reflect on how their lives have been shaped by Pan-Africanism and other movements
1:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Join a bold anti-conference that envisions black, POC, disabled, queer, trans and feminist futures
Join a bold anti-conference that envisions black, POC, disabled, queer, trans and feminist futures

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Buckle up for your trip to sit centre stage with the orchestra in this immersive performance
Buckle up for your trip to sit centre stage with the orchestra in this immersive performance
3:00 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Look to the future as artists, activists and thinkers discuss what’s next for the African continent
Look to the future as artists, activists and thinkers discuss what’s next for the African...
Photo of Nelson Mandela raising his clenched fist
Various times
Sun 22 Jul 2018
Various times | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Join this guided walk for an interactive learning experience
Join this guided walk for an interactive learning experience
Photograph of two men dancing

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
3:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
See dancers battle it out to Afrobeats at this workshop led by duo HomeBros
See dancers battle it out to Afrobeats at this workshop led by duo HomeBros

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
4:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear talented young orchestral musicians perform works by composers of African descent
Hear talented young orchestral musicians perform works by composers of African descent
7:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
See this bold and interactive performance set in a new utopian nation
See this bold and interactive performance set in a new utopian nation
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 22 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 22 Aug 2018
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Jul 2018
Literature
Poetry
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Find out what all the buzz is about as Hot Brown Honey present a dazzling theatrical spectacular
Find out what all the buzz is about as Hot Brown Honey present a dazzling theatrical spectacular
The Jam Shed Supper Club Summer
Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
7:30 pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Jul 2018
Literature
Poetry
Enjoy exciting new voices at the Poetry Book Society's Summer Showcase at Southbank Centre
Enjoy exciting new voices at the Poetry Book Society's Summer Showcase at Southbank Centre
Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018
9:30 pm | Wed 25 Jul 2018
Kick off the weekend with this brilliant Whoopi Goldberg caper—the first of five free outdoor screenings we'll be hosting this summer
Kick off the weekend with this brilliant Whoopi Goldberg caper—the first of five free outdoor...
Language Shift, collage art

Free

Free

Various times
26 Jul 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
Various times | 26 Jul 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
Literature
Poetry
Explore visual artwork that maps poems written in endangered European languages in this exhibition
Explore visual artwork that maps poems written in endangered European languages in this exhibition
Heart 'n Soul. The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival, Royal Festival Hall.

Free

Free

Various times
26 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
Various times | 26 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river
Various times
until 26 Jul 2018
Various times | until 26 Jul 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Print by Mary Kuper

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Thu 26 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Jul 2018
Art
Literature
Witness visual and literary responses to endangered European languages at this exhibition launch
Witness visual and literary responses to endangered European languages at this exhibition launch
Life is Wonderful - Mandela's Unsung Heroes

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Discover the story behind Mandela’s trial in this new film, directed by Sir Nick Stadlen
Discover the story behind Mandela’s trial in this new film, directed by Sir Nick Stadlen

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
9:30 am
Sat 28 Jul 2018
9:30 am | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Art
Get the most out of the exhibition with this What You Need to Know in-depth look at Lee Bul's work
Get the most out of the exhibition with this What You Need to Know in-depth look at Lee Bul's...
 ZooNation Presents The Next Generation 2018
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Various times
until 28 Oct 2018
Various times | until 28 Oct 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Skyscraper view
8:00 pm
Wed 01 Aug 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 01 Aug 2018
Literature
Poetry
Walk in the footsteps of the volatile French genius through original poetry and music
Walk in the footsteps of the volatile French genius through original poetry and music
David Bowie, Labyrinth

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Wed 01 Aug 2018
9:30 pm | Wed 01 Aug 2018
Journey through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered at an outdoor screening of the classic film
Journey through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered at an outdoor screening of the classic film
Image of a boy in front of building blocks, CRXSS PLATFXRM 2018

Free

Free

Various times
3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Various times | 3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase

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Let The Light In stories

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After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
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Take a look at some of the first acts and events to grace our reopened venues
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Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it