Festivals on tour

Southbank Centre’s festivals touring programme continues to evolve and grow as we collaborate to take a range of events around the UK and the world.

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The festivals touring programme has been running for almost four years and is derived from an on-site programme which presents 10-12 major festivals on-site every year, ranging from the Imagine Children’s Festival to Alchemy. 

Our aim with the programme is to enable audiences to explore a subject in-depth, have unexpected encounters and try something new. Learning and participation is a big part of what we do, and every festival offers wide-ranging opportunities for people of all ages to explore their own creativity. 

Our festival model is unique and enables us to collaborate with partners and create a bespoke touring festival that responds to the interests of their local audiences. We develop events collaboratively and provide a platform for established and emerging artists to combine work from a range of different genres. 

Festivals on tour currently



A Southbank Centre festival showcasing the best of music, dance, literature, comedy, fashion, art and design from the UK and South Asia. In 2015, for the first time, Alchemy left London to tour the country, showcasing a selection of powerful productions with Black Country Touring (across the Black Country), Cast (Doncaster) and Oldham Coliseum Theatre (Oldham).

BAM – Being A Man

Talks, debates, keynotes, performances, workshops, installations, a marketplace and music, with extraordinary contributors and leaders in their field exploring all facets of masculinity and male identity.

Listen to the 20th Century

Through a combination of concerts, discussions and lectures this festival looks at how classical music was right in the middle of the story of the 20th century.

WOW – Women of the World

A global festival celebrating the achievements of women and girls and looking at the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their potential and contributing to the world.

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