Festival of Love

Saturday 9 July 2016 - Monday 29 August 2016

This August, Festival of Love continues with a packed programme of music, art, dance and performance – half of which is completely free.

Explore love in its many forms, including love of cities and places, love’s power to inspire creativity and social change, and the changing nature of love in the 21st century.

Come and get your culture fix in our summer playground. We’re joining forces with hundreds of artists, communities and partners to present inspiring shows, family activities galore, a range of free workshops and the most fabulous opening party in town.

Join us for ZooNation and Guests Present The Next Generation, a vibrant night of music, dance and spoken word from the team behind Some Like It Hip-Hop and Groove on Down the Road, and watch solo performer Jane Arnfield bring to life the poignant and profound story of Holocaust survivor Zdenka Fantalova in The Tin Ring.

Our joyous Big Wedding Weekend returns from Sat 27 – Mon 29 Aug. Come to the Southbank Centre for free wedding-themed activities including dancing, music and a giant party as we celebrate the end of Festival of Love in style.

While you’re here, see our home on the River Thames transformed by indoor and outdoor installations and artworks, including two works by the internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein: the ever-popular Appearing Rooms fountain and the UK premiere of his series of Modified Social Benches NY, which are creative reinventions of the park bench. Plus, look out for an artwork inspired by polar bears, designed by the 17-year-old winner of Southbank Centre’s nationwide Design Challenge.

Looking for a fun day out? Stop by to soak up some sun in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, hang out at the copaCABANA beach or grab a bite to eat at one of our many pop-ups, markets and restaurants.

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