Welcome to the Southbank Centre blog, here you'll find articles, videos and audio podcasts exploring our events and festivals programme and some engaging, fascinating and sometimes provocative themes from artists and thinkers in our Talks and Debates. 

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Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:01
Chamber & Recital
Contemporary Classical
Our Director of Music's pick of the upcoming concert series
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:59
Experience everything from Chinese culture to Nordic cuisine via classical concerts
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:14
See in 2018 in a vintage style with us
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:00
Ahead of The Great Nordic Feast, get set for Autumn the Nordic way
Mon, 09/18/2017 - 16:25
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:14
In the first of our 'Six things...' series Julian Baggini muses on the notion of truth
Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:30
Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra‘s Principal Guest Conductor
Thu, 09/14/2017 - 09:00
There's so much more to Margaret Atwood
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:30
Spoken word & Live literature
Ali Smith, Mohsin Hamid and George Saunders are all in the running
Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:00
Peter Whelan, principal bassoonist with the OAE, introduces the Baroque bassoon.
Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:44
Contemporary Classical
Get up to speed with this shape shifting artist.
Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:01
Politics & History
See how Hillary Rodham Clinton went from First Lady of the United States, to the cusp of Presidency
Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:51
Religion & Beliefs
Former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council, Dr. Coline Covington, addresses our understanding of good and evil
Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:09
Rock & Pop
How many of these Mercury Prize winners have you seen perform here?
Mon, 09/04/2017 - 12:54
Read our primer on John le Carré's legendary character
Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:00
Discover the roots of Sibelius’ music with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and singer Ilona Korhonen
Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:38
Religion & Beliefs
Our year long series asking what it means to be human in the 21st Century returns
Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:03
Chamber & Recital
The celebrated German-Japanese pianist describes her introduction to the Norwegian composer
Wed, 08/30/2017 - 00:00
The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor introduces Mahler’s 3rd Symphony
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 17:31
Spoken word & Live literature
Discover the actors who will read extracts from Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 17:13
Get set for a foodie celebration of all things Nordic at Southbank Centre
Fri, 08/25/2017 - 16:55
Enjoy a special performance from the acclaimed violinist.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:39
Watch this short trailer for the Orchestra’s upcoming concert season with us
Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:00
Contemporary Dance
Find out about the dance craze that has over 100 million people in China hooked
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:54
Contemporary Classical
Listen to our Spotify playlist introducing the works of the 20th century composers
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:17
Spoken word & Live literature
Find out which Nobel Laureates have graced us with their presence
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:44
Celebrate the city with us this Bank Holiday at our annual Urban festival
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:42
Gender Politics & Equality
Introducing some of the figures who’ll be helping us try to identify what makes a man
Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:00
See all-female hip-hop dance collective Myself UK in action
Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:36
The eclectic label, feted by music-lovers, celebrates its tenth anniversary
Mon, 08/07/2017 - 18:03
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre
Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:18
Gender Politics & Equality
Global Culture & Ethnicity
From puppetry to political discussion, get the most out of October’s festival of contemporary Chinese culture.
Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:48
Listen to the writer reflect on fiction, friendship and capturing a changing world on the page
Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:58
Spoken word & Live literature
Read more about the celebrated poet and novelist
Tue, 08/01/2017 - 15:48
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Try real Icelandic food at SCFood Market this summer
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:35
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:16
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:22
Contemporary Dance
Find out about three stunning performance pieces coming to Royal Festival Hall this August
Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:41
Take a look at how refurbishments in our brutalist venues are progressing
Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:00
Introducing some great places to grab a drink or a bite to eat by Southbank Centre