Zandra Rhodes flies the flag for older artists at Southbank Centre

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 17:46

If you’ve passed by Southbank Centre in the past week then you can’t but help but have noticed the vibrant new flags fluttering from the roof of our Royal Festival Hall.

But who made them? Why are they there? And what do they mean? Well, these stunning flags are the work of Dame Zandra Rhodes. The celebrated fashion designer has created ten bespoke patterned designs in total; each one featuring both the yellow colourway synonymous with our South Bank venues, and Rhodes’ own trademark pink.

There are 43 flags to go round Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and I thought they needn’t all be the same… so I’ve done designs which contain things I consider very classic to my life.
Dame Zandra Rhodes

The design of each ensign is drawn from Rhodes own life, and her five decades at the forefront of fashion design, ranging from striking lipsticks, to an array of vibrant prints and motifs. Dazzling in the spring sunshine, they’re certain to add a splash of bright colour to even the most overcast of summer days.

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Zandra Rhodes unveils one of her designs on the roof of Royal Festival Hall | photo by Pete Woodhead

These fantastic flags have been raised above our rooftop to celebrate the launch of (B)old, our new festival celebrating age and creativity. Championing new and established artists aged 65 years and over (B)old explores and challenges cultural perspectives of age and the role it plays in arts and society through a broad range of events, talks and performances.

(B)old is just that, a bold new festival showcasing the work of older artists, and celebrating age as a powerful force in arts and culture.
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre

(B)old ran from 14-20 May with events across Southbank Centre’s venues.

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