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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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Why are conductors are so drawn to the music of Gustav Mahler? Find out in this short video interview
Talks, discussions and performances you won't want to miss
Looking for a laugh? Join us at Southbank Centre this spring for some huge names in stand-up comedy
The legendary Finnish composer and conductor reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time
The Director of Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, offers an Insight into the great German photographer and his work
Listen to up-and-coming conductors on the art of baton waving and more
Ahead of the 2018 Brit Awards we take a look at some of the past winners who have also graced our iconic venues
See the greatest actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood in a screening accompanied by live orchestra.
Discover great characters from children's books who don’t conform to the norm
Our Chief Executive selects the tracks she's listening to right now for our new Spotify playlist
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Discover the performances that will get you giggling at our brilliant children's festival
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
The Cure’s Robert Smith is named as the curator for 2018’s Meltdown in its silver jubilee year
Find out about this great of the 20th century
Your weekly hit of fresh music from across the contemporary landscape.
Visual artist Sam Winston questions how we see darkness in this video about his installation
The National Poetry Library is asking poets and instagrammers alike to share their poetry.
Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
See how the return of Hayward Gallery, and its opening Gursky exhibition, went down with art lovers, instagrammers, critics and press.
A big year of live music begins with performances from Joan As Policewoman, Yo La Tengo, Hannah Peel, David Rodigan and more
The celebrated pianist discusses his performance of the notably challenging works
Find out more about one of Andreas Gursky’s early photographs
Find out more about May Day IV (2000, remastered 2014), one of Gursky’s monumental crowd scenes
Find out more about Salerno I (1990) – a pivotal image for the artist
In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at how even the darkest of subjects can inspire great musical works.
The composer accidentally invented rock’n’roll you know
After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
After 12 years at the helm, Jude moves on to focus on the development of WOW - Women of the World
A century on from British women winning the right to vote, we celebrate those who continue to make great strides made in gender equality
See our iconic auditorium as you never have before, through this incredible footage.
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the works of Igor Stravinsky, from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marina Frivola-Walker looks at the composers who shaped the musical landscape of the Soviet Union’s formative years.
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Take our interactive quiz to see which of the Swedish group’s hits matches your personality
Who are the faces inside our wooden chalets?
Discover the celebrated clown Slava Polunin in this in-depth interview
Relive the year ABBA hit the UK, with our interactive timeline
Get in someone's good books by opening the door to a year of arts, culture and events
We help you with those difficult-to-buy-for people
Read an interview with the artist and sculptor on his current Hayward Gallery roof commission
Watch a trailer for the return of this festive favourite
Events for children with sight or hearing impairments and more
Party like it’s 11.59pm with our fantastic New Year’s Eve Spotify playlist
Festive fun that won't hurt your finances
Listen to an in depth talk with Alan Hollinghurst as he discusses his latest novel
Enjoy a series of podcasts featuring star speakers from the 2017 edition of Being A Man festival
A short video of key moments and messages from the fourth edition of the festival
Listen to this Spotify playlist of eight classical pieces to get you in a festive mood
Watch highlights from the comedian’s entertaining appearance at Being A Man festival
An exclusive podcast from the comedian’s frank and funny conversation at Being A Man festival
The clown behind Slava’s Snowshow answers our quick questions
A fascinating interview with the man who went from child soldier to award-winning actor
Listen to specially curated BAM playlists from a Sami rapper and an expert on Grime.
The musician and author will narrate our immersive exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers
Join us to immerse yourselves in all things Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid.
Find your way into the 2017 festival by taking our fun quiz
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Author Jeffrey Boayke looks at the musical genre's impact on male identity.
Get help choosing your BAM festival events
Get warm and cozy with festive food and drink, and a sauna, at Southbank Centre
Get a glimpse into the world of the the author’s many literary characters and creations
See the composer discuss the challenges of conducting Mahler's final work
Get to know the German composer’s important work, with this guide
See how to get the most out of this year's festival
Get set for another hard-hitting fusion of classical and contemporary music
Your best photos and tweets from this year's events
See our pick of fun times for children, and their grownups
Watch pianist Steven Osborne and clarinettist Jean Johnson, describe this remarkable chamber orchestra piece
Enjoy some of the highlights of this year’s festival, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Hanks
How concern over the acceptance of surveillance culture drove the creation of Proto-type Theater’s A Machine they’re Secretly Building
Watch a series of short videos with the up and coming Icelandic musician
Hear the DJ and visual artist in a candid discussion about his life and work
Take a look behind the scenes as our on-site renovation work nears completion
Enjoy an exclusive podcast, featuring readings and discussion on the life of the great politician, from a host of big names.
Discover the works of the much feted Nigerian-American writer and photographer
Hear the author discuss his latest work, La Belle Sauvage, in this exclusive podcast
All you need to know about the Australian violinist, composer and conductor
Listen to a pre-concert talk discussing the significance of the 1925 film
Get to know Nordic Noir in our short interview with the Finnish crime writer
Listen to this fascinating discussion from our China Changing Festival
Enjoy this rare archive backstage footage of the celebrated cellist, 30 years on from her tragic passing
Watch the author talk you through his bookshelves in this first episode of our new video series
All you need to know about one of Philip Pullman’s most fascinating characters.
All you need to know about this year’s packed programme
Listen to highlights of Hillary Rodham Clinton's exclusive London appearance at Southbank Centre
The team at National Poetry Library pick out their Anne Carson must reads
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with Chris McCabe and Sophie Mayer
The Handmaid’s Tale author on the real world her novel reflects
Why do Swedes advocate ‘just the right amount’?
Exploring Handel’s provocative opera Semele on the illusions and delusions of love
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained with us
Chris McCabe, programmer of this year’s Poetry International, looks back over its 50 year history
Listen to exclusive audio from the fashion designer's Royal Festival Hall appearance
Introducing the kitchen wizards whose food is Nordic but nice
Séagh Kehoe offers their interpretation of the impact of China’s introduction of the two-child policy
Discover the master of erudite pageturners
Poetry can be meaningful in another language
Discover a festival showcasing the creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK
Looking for a good reason to see in 2018 at our Vintage New Year’s Eve Party? Here’s nine
An animation to get you in the mood for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s performance of Smetana’s Má Vlast
Listen to the acclaimed author and photographer as he discusses his new book Blind Spot
Listen to our podcast introducing Southbank Centre's Endangered Poetry Project
Help us build a collection of poems in languages under threat
An in-depth interview with the celebrated French composer Philippe Schoeller
A reading list for people who can't get enough speculative fiction
Get set for their 2018 milestone with this video teaser and spotify playlist
Our Director of Music's pick of the upcoming concert series
Experience everything from Chinese culture to Nordic cuisine via classical concerts
Ahead of The Great Nordic Feast, get set for Autumn the Nordic way
Listen to the tracks that take Goldie back
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
In the first of our 'Six things...' series Julian Baggini muses on the notion of truth
All you need to know about our Artist-in-Residence
Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra‘s Principal Guest Conductor
Ali Smith, Mohsin Hamid and George Saunders are all in the running
Peter Whelan, principal bassoonist with the OAE, introduces the Baroque bassoon.
Get up to speed with this shape shifting artist.
See how Hillary Rodham Clinton went from First Lady of the United States, to the cusp of Presidency
Former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council, Dr. Coline Covington, addresses our understanding of good and evil
How many of these Mercury Prize winners have you seen perform here?
Read our primer on John le Carré's legendary character
Discover the roots of Sibelius’ music with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and singer Ilona Korhonen
Our year long series asking what it means to be human in the 21st Century returns
The celebrated German-Japanese pianist describes her introduction to the Norwegian composer
The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor introduces Mahler’s 3rd Symphony
Discover the actors who will read extracts from Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
Get set for a foodie celebration of all things Nordic at Southbank Centre
Enjoy a special performance from the acclaimed violinist.
Watch this short trailer for the Orchestra’s upcoming concert season with us
Find out about the dance craze that has over 100 million people in China hooked
Listen to our Spotify playlist introducing the works of the 20th century composers
Find out which Nobel Laureates have graced us with their presence
Celebrate the city with us this Bank Holiday at our annual Urban festival
Introducing some of the figures who’ll be helping us try to identify what makes a man
See all-female hip-hop dance collective Myself UK in action
The eclectic label, feted by music-lovers, celebrates its tenth anniversary
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre
From puppetry to political discussion, get the most out of October’s festival of contemporary Chinese culture.
Listen to the writer reflect on fiction, friendship and capturing a changing world on the page
Read more about the celebrated poet and novelist
Try real Icelandic food at SCFood Market this summer
The pianist will perform two concerts at Southbank Centre to raise money for the MS Society.
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
Find out about three stunning performance pieces coming to Royal Festival Hall this August
Take a look at how refurbishments in our brutalist venues are progressing
Introducing some great places to grab a drink or a bite to eat by Southbank Centre
See our list of traditional and much-loved children's reading from the Nordic countries.
The self-proclaimed Masterchef losers preview their Southbank Centre supper club
What chance do African nations have of thriving in the new global and political landscape?
How do feminists in Africa and the diaspora envision the continent’s future?
Enjoy a look back at some amazing moments from this year's festival.
How are African nations defining their place in political landscape being shaped by Brexit and Trump
Hear from young Africans who are leading the way in everything from tech to fashion and activism
Tom Illube, tech entrepreneur on how technology is rapidly reshaping culture and society in Africa
Scandinavia’s leading performance circus bring their latest show Limits, to Southbank Centre.
Discover a great range of free activities and events for families, this summer
Discover some amazing African recipes from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017
All you need to know about Southbank Centre’s annual festival of contemporary African culture
Discover the stories and the secrets of six stallholders from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017.
The celebrated writer and performer discusses the roots of his new work, Prurience
Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner
Take a look back at the highlights of a packed weekend of contemporary classical music
Listen to the iconic fashion designer ahead of her return to Southbank Centre
Watch our short video trailer for a summer of fun at Southbank Centre
From free live music to drinks on the terrace and our beautiful rooftop garden
Award-winning, author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast
Read the remarkable story of Peter Laszlo Peri’s ‘lost’ sculpture.
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
How do you explain a ‘multi-sensory encounter of shifting sound and light’?
Relive the night The Outlook Orchestra blew the Royal Festival Hall audience away
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.
Emily Peasgood discusses her background, and looks at her past and future works.
Introducing Europe's first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra
See exclusive behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s Meltdown performance
Pluto, one of our volunteer gardeners, tells us what Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden means to him.
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Take a look back at the most memorable moments from M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival
Find out about the joint campaign launched by Southbank Centre and Long Live Southbank
Reviews, tweets and more from midweek at M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Mohamed Sarrar, of Borderline, shares his experience of escaping Sudan as a refugee.
The electronic artist and composer on the inspiration for Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
Take a look at some of the best Instagram photos taken at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
See how our brutalist arts venues are changing
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Read the story of comedy performer Enayatullah Jalalzai who, age 16, escaped Afghanistan as a refugee
See how M.I.A.’s Meltdown got underway with an epic opening weekend of live music and more
Musicians, writers and journalists tell us who they're looking forward to seeing at Meltdown
All you need to know ahead of her debut UK performance at Meltdown
See video excerpts from Philip Venables: Illusions featuring performance artist David Hoyle
In short, yes, no, and only if you’re quick. Find out which gigs you can be at.
The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
Introducing the LGBTQ and QTPOC artists who occupy the heart of M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Hull composer Daniel Elms offers a preview of his piece Bethia, ahead of New Music Biennial
Ahead of our premier of his new work Sea Change, we caught up with composer Eivind Buene
The composition professor explains how his new work transforms rejection into inspiration
Check out our pick of some of the best Instagram photos taken at this year’s Alchemy
Watch Lucy Carter, director and lighting designer, on channelling the emotion of a performance
Which of the 16 artists playing at Meltdown is your perfect personality match?
Discover what the dish biryani means to local communities in London
Keep the children entertained this half-term with us
A short video looking ahead to Chorus, with highlights of past performances.
All you need to know about the viral French music sensation ahead of his gig at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Watch Lawrence Power, one of the world's leading violists, reveal the secrets of the viola
How a ground-breaking gig saw Pink Floyd banned from the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
What are Southbank Centre's Youth Ambassadors looking forward to at Alchemy festival?
The Artistic Director of Southbank Centre has won the first-ever Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award
Africa Utopia returns with a line-up of exciting musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora
Ahead of Alchemy festival, find out more about South Asian film with Bollywood expert Rahul Verma
The author, advertising consultant and expert on Generation M shares her thoughts.
Take a look at the stellar line-up of literary speakers heading to Southbank Centre
Leicester comes to Alchemy for a special East Midlands Mela
Why does this Benedictine monk think religion has a place in schools?
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Take a look back through fifty years of the Queen Elizabeth Hall
Our fabulous Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden is now open for the summer
Find out about the people behind the delicious food at KERB does Alchemy
Check out the trailer for our interactive exhibition, Adventures in Moominland
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
Taste delicious dishes at Alchemy’s street food market, KERB, then recreate them at home
Journalist Arwa Haider introduces the hip-hop artists involved in our Beats Without Boundaries event
Enjoy a unique view of the final pyramid rooflight's delivery to the gallery roof.
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
Yep, change your life. Here's your guide to what promises to be an unforgettable 10 days
Soulwax and grime superstar Giggs are among the newly added acts
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
Experience Nordic children’s storytelling our Swedish-inspired Room for Children
Listen to the London Sinfonietta's eclectic playlist featuring Björk, Sigur Ros, Kaija Saariaho and Jóhann Jóhannsson
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Belief and Beyond Belief festival panellist Canon Rosie Harper considers the topic of assisted dying
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
The new billboard art-work, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal, is installed at Hayward Gallery
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
This ambassador's talents include photography, writing and public speaking
Read a little about Morgan: events organiser and recent graduate
Hear from Ballet and Contemporary dancer, Richard
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Discover the most unusual performance the composer and musician has been part of
Composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin
We caught up with the opera soprano ahead of her concert performance at Southbank Centre
The celebrated novelist spoke to us ahead of her appearance in Prophets, Visionaries and Power
Ahead of Prophets, Visionaries and Power the journalist and educator spoke to us about spirituality
A quick introduction to the sights and sounds of Alchemy festival
Dive into M.I.A.'s Meltdown with our playlist, featuring tracks from all the names taking the stage
BBC radio station Asian Network has been a key Alchemy collaborator throughout the festival’s history.
Hamlet in Nepali, The Winter’s Tale in Urdu; Arwa Haider encounters the South Asian bard
Pakistan’s Laal and the UK’s Asian Dub Foundation perform together for the first time
Amrita Riat offers an overview of the British Asian artists here at Alchemy
WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re still stuck on what to get your mum, then we have some extra-special gift ideas
See a slideshow of festival highlights from Southbank Centre's China Changing
Hear what Chinese publication Nouvelles d’Europe had to say about the 2016 China Changing Festival
Listen to audio highlights of Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival 2017
Hear what Hayward Gallery means to artists, Bridget Riley and Antony Gormley
Hayward Gallery stages the first major retrospective of the work of photographer Andreas Gursky
How do we fight sexism without ignoring other issues such as race, disability, sexuality and class?
Hear insights from the journalist and Channel 4 News reporter
The presenter talks about her book OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic Messed Up Life Can Be
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
Read about Pagoda Youth Orchestra's experience of performing at China Changing festival 2016
The legendary activist talks about women, race and class in the post-Trump era
Listen to the Nigerian novelist speaking live at Southbank Centre's Women of the World 2017
Hear a panel discuss what challenges lie ahead for British women, post-Brexit
We asked the co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party how she sees the future for women
Award-winning journalist and black feminist Reni writes about class, race, gender and social justice
Watch legendary African-American activist Angela Davis live from our Royal Festival Hall
Leading researcher and writer on men and masculinity Michael Kimmel discusses WOW festival
Two of our Nordic artists and speakers share their thoughts on women’s lives in the Nordic region today
Lu Kemp, director of The Lounge discusses her research into older age for the production
Read how the Swedish mansplaining hotline caused a domestic stir
The American civil rights advocate and leading scholar shares a few words
Will Brexit be good for women, or do they risk losing hard-won rights?
Nyborg began life as a Danish cafe in north London owned and run by Sara Nyborg
We asked Fatima about the challenges women face, and their hopes for the future
Hear Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director Jude Kelly's TED Talk, rallying for a truly gender-equal world
Hear what conductor Marin Alsop and participants had to about their experience of Southbank Centre's Women in Music Series in January 2017
We caught up with actor Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel
Want to know if you’re a feminist? Take this easy quiz
Hear from Melanie Eusebe, founder of the Black British Business Award and executive producer of WOW
Explore how new technologies are impacting our perceptions and experiences of death, with Professor Josh Cohen
CII's report will be explored in Women's Risks in Life by empowering women to make friends with their future selves
Hear maestro Maurizio Pollini speak about his second Royal Festival Hall recital, coming up this March
Read Avash Karmacharya, from the WOW Kathmandu team, on how WOW festival has impacted him as a Nepali man
Hear comedian, actor and writer Cariad Lloyd's thoughts on life and death
Read about UBS Unique's initiatives for improving women's lives
See a few top picks for WOW festival 2017 chosen by Southbank Centre’s Youth Ambassadors
See what poet Anthony Anaxagorou thinks about death, poetry and what comes next
We are celebrating 50 years of our Queen Elizabeth Hall venue
Delve into the life, loves and music of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, and those of his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk
We caught up with Devorah Baum, author of Feeling Jewish and The Jewish Joke
Colin looks forward to performing Tehillim in Tokyo & London
Listen to conductor Marin Alsop speak about working with Southbank Centre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Hear conductor Paavo Järvi talk about his upcoming concert, London audiences and his love of Japanese food
Hear Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky speak about his upcoming Royal Festival Hall recital and what he likes about London
Who are the women who represent us in Parliament? What does it take to get elected, and then to hold onto a place in the House?
What does it really take for women to be heard in the workplace? We asked voice coach and RADA in Business tutor, Sheelagh McNamara
Get a look behind the scenes as Hayward Gallery is restored for the future
The conducting superstar delivers expert advice to five talented women conductors
Conductor Paavo Järvi speaks to Maki Takemitsu about her father, the composer Toru Takemitsu
Ahead of the first of his London concerts, internationally renowned pianist Maurizio Pollini talks about the pieces he's chosen to play
Hear disability justice activist Lydia X. Z. Brown discuss how justice for women can become justice for everyone
Rapper, producer, director and visual artist M.I.A. will curate the 24th Meltdown festival in 2017
Guy Garvey’s Meltdown festival 2016
A highlight of David Byrne's Meltdown in 2015, Atomic Bomb!
Hear about some of the things you can look forward to at WOW – Women of the World festival, returning Tuesday 7 – Sunday 12 March
Hear musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment talk about pitch ahead of their concert
Horn player Martin Lawrence of the OAE demonstrates some DIY instrument-making
Join the OAE on a musical adventure into uncertainty, scepticism and doubt, in their new season Visions, Illusions and Delusions
Watch the trailer for Michael Morpurgo's Why The Whales Came
Check out some of the highlights of our Light Up The Room: Portraits by Rankin exhibition
Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada explores music from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Strauss’ Nietzsche-inspired Also sprach Zarathustra
Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada talks about the minimalist works of Philip Glass and John Adams
Learn how to eat more sustainably by pickling your food
Learn how to bake a staple of Nordic cuisine: the perfect cinnamon bun
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski discusses the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s science-themed concerts part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival
Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich perform Brahms and Messiaen
Hear Vladimir Jurowski talk about the themes behind the LPO's 20th Century Discoveries concert
Hear the LPO's Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, introduce our new festival Belief and Beyond Belief
Discover the key messages and themes in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
Delve into the minds of two musical greats in this short film featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Join the conductor and pianist as they prepare to perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major at Edinburgh International Festival, 2015.
Members of the LPO share with us their favourite books on the themes of life and meaning
Go backstage with with cast of BIANCO, the circus show like no other.
Watch the trailer for Assisted Suicide: The Musical, which explores the complex and controversial subject of assisted suicide.
Forests and tents, islands and seas, friendly creatures and extraordinary adventures
The Nordic countries loom large in our imaginations Do we know as much about them as we think we do?
Watch a clip of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 performed from memory
Are the Nordic countries the best places to bring up healthy, happy children?
We’ve looked into our Southbank Centre archive to explore six decades of Pollini’s performances
Music composer Oleg Shpudeiko (Heinali) from Ukraine, discusses his latest work for Jean Abreu: A Thread
What could make a catwalk for everyone even more original? How about live music from a vibrant youth orchestra
Fashion reuse charity TRAID is teaming up once again with other wonderful charities at Southbank Centre as part of the Charity Shop Emporium Weekend.
Involvement with Streetwise Opera and the Choir With No Name can be the first rung on a ladder of self-confidence.
Southbank Centre, along with People United, are aiming to inspire new acts of kindness during the first 10 days of December.
Charity shopping means shopping with a conscience, helping to reduce clothes waste and supporting a good cause at the same time. This is true compassion fashion shopping!
We all know that Christmas is traditionally the season of giving and goodwill. Headway East London stick by those principles all year round.
NoFit State has brought its troupe of seasoned circus artistes for a stunt-fuelled extravaganza. But what does the audience think of it?
Ted Hodgkinson talks about 2016 Being A Man festival highlights
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke talks about his life and work
Simon Parkin and a panel of gaming experts, designers and writers discuss the male obsession with video games
A panel including poet Anthony Anaxagorou debate whether stop and search is effective.
Listen to audio highlights of Southbank Centre's Being a Man festival 2016
Sir Roger Moore was in conversation with biographer Gareth Owen
A candid talk with rapper-turned-actor Ashley Walters
This winter we welcome trapeze-swinging, tightrope-walking, aerial-spinning circus company NoFit State
What needs to be done to tackle the social stigma around male mental health?
Explore what society wants of dads and what sort of dads men want to be
The Manifesto of Our Future 2016 - 2066
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK
Rapper and actor Ashley Walters (aka Asher D) opened Being A Man Festival 2016 in an honest discussion with Southbank Centre's Artistic Director Jude Kelly.
Rapper Professor Green opened 2016's Being A Man festival
Our brand new website launched today, this is the first phase of a 3-year development project - we hope you like it!
Popular illustrator, Jimbob, has designed three limited edition Christmas cards exclusively for Southbank Centre's Let The Light In campaign.
Southbank Centre has teamed up with internationally-renowned fashion and portrait photographer, Rankin.
Philharmonia Orchestra Bartók | The Miraculous Mandarin
Discover Carl Nielsen with Paavo Järvi and Andrew Mellor
Sound Reimagined: 2016/17 London Season
The Infinite Mix presents UK premieres of audio-visual artworks by leading international artists
Bom Bom’s Dream (2016) follows the adventures of a Japanese dancer as she travels to Jamaica
Find out how one photographer maintains long-term relationships with clients
Milanese keyboard wizard Ottavio Dantone on the parallels between music and football
We caught up with Tasmin Little before her performance of Walton's Violin Concerto
See how the work to refurbish the Southbank Centre is progressing
This video promotes The Infinite Mix exhibition, presented by Hayward Gallery, in association with The Vinyl Factory.
Use our timeline to discover what our experts predict will take place over the century to come
Find out what the pre-eminent British sculptor thinks of the Hayward Gallery and its refurbishment
One-year on from closing Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for essential refurbishment, much has changed behind the hoardings that currently cover these iconic and much-loved venues.
One-year on from closing Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for essential refurbishment, much has changed behind the hoardings that currently cover these iconic and much-loved venues.
On Tuesday 13 September, many of Southbank Centre’s supporters and members joined us on the Clore Ballroom for this year’s Supporters’ Presentation.
‘I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams…’
We take a look back at some of the most influential artists that have performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Nine months into the refurbishment and work has started on the iconic roof lights.
A roundup of recent articles celebrating our iconic arts buildings and the many extraordinary things that happen both inside and outside of them.
Love is in the air at Southbank Centre this Summer, as the Festival of Love is once again in full swing. The festival celebrates love in it’s many forms through music, art and dance, with half of the events being completely free.
We’re delighted to announce that Skylon, Southbank Centre’s modern-European restaurant located on the third floor of Royal Festival Hall, will be supporting Let The Light In throughout 2016-17.
We take a look at some of the most memorable exhibitions that Hayward Gallery has hosted
See how the refurbishment work at Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery is progressing
Meet Maame Adjei, one of the stars of the most globally successful television series from Africa An African City
Read about and download the first ever fashion magazine produced as part of the Africa Utopia Festival
In recent years, disabled artists have grabbed the narrative from non-disabled hands
Our 2016 Being A Man festival asks what it means to be a hero in the modern world
A traditional West African rice dish, from Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick of Chuku's
An East-African doughnut recipe, courtesy of Eric Mugaju from Maskani
A traditional fried spicy Ghanaian dish, from Alicia Ama, of Chalé! Let’s Eat
A West African barbecue dish, from Nimatu Owino, of CHAM CHAM
A Madagascan curry dish, from Prisca Bakare, of The Lemur House
A slow-cooked Nigerian beef dish, from Tokunbo Koiki, of Tokunbo’s Kitchen
Watch highlights from Reggie Watts' set at Yoko Ono's Meltdown
Slavoj Žižek, Yanis Varoufakis and Julian Assange discuss Europe’s future
A trailer from The Musical Genius featuring Derek Paravicini
Christopher Nupen shares his films and memories of Jacqueline du Pre
Dan Zanes and Friends performed at Southbank Centre
Malala Yousafza talks about the systemic nature of gender inequality
Do we judge black women by whether or not they straighten their hair?
Light Show brings together sculptures and artworks that use light in different ways.
Hip-hop artist Akala discusses men and sexual and racial taboos
Watch Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto performing as part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown
A panel including Akala, Shane Ryan, Ekow Eshun and writer Topher Campbell discuss stereotypes
Dame Vivienne Westwood talks with Shami Chakrabarti about human rights
Afro-Guyanese playwright John Agard at Poetry Parnassus
A video exclusive from Gabby Young & Other Animals
Bringing the seminal book The Rest Is Noise - listening to the Twentieth Century alive
Shye Ben-Tzur performs his UK debut at Alchemy, joined by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead
These brilliant musicians perform music from the movies that made Clint Eastwood a star
BBC Earth give us a glimpse of Planet Earth with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Dan Zanes performs All Around The Kitchen
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This major survey exhibition covered every period of Tracey Emin's career
Pipilotti Rist talks about her exhibition Eyeball Massage
J. K. Rowling launches The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults
Barbara Hannigan, renowned Canadian soprano, talks about why she loves the 1930's opera 'Lulu'
Emer O'Toole talks about how all hell broke loose when she put down her razor
Join Mariella Frostrup, Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar in conversation
Watch Earl Slick - Diary of a Sideman
Naomi Wolf and others look at a society uncomfortable with people who look neither male nor female
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall
Hear Wolfgang Tillmans discussing his work
Jody Day talks about creating a meaningful and fulfilling life without children
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner on how her homeland and people were subjected to nuclear explosions
A special performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem
An exclusive interview with violinist Leonidas Kavakos
Ernesto Neto talks about his immersive, sensory installations
Candoco Dance Company present an evening of bold new dance
Watch the trailer for Ana Mendieta: Traces, the UK's first retrospective of her work
A past Alchemy highlight: Shye Ben-Tzur and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood perform 'Challa Wahi Desh'
Celebrated Indian film composer A R Rahman talks about his work
Watch actress and filmmaker Salma Hayek Pinault present a keynote speech at WOW festival
Are Baseltiz's views more widespread than we think or is he an old fashioned anomaly?
Gordon Brown is joined by Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai
Fat Activism discussion on the politics of size, part of Women of the World Festival 2013
The UK debut of Nigel Kennedy's new orchestra. The Orchestra of Life
The panel discuss why we need a men's festival
Watch Keaton Henson perform Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us?
The Sun's Page 3 - a genuine problem, or just harmless fun?
Watch the whole ATOMIC BOMB! concert in full or jump to individual tracks
Evidence, a dance company at Southbank Centre
The panel discussed narrowing the gender pay gap, quotas and boardrooms
In 2015, its 22nd year, Meltdown with David Byrne spanned a range of musical genres, from afro-funk
Uncover the compositions that changed the way we listen forever
Does popular culture still have a problem with black women?
Wayne Marshall conducts Chineke! inc. Elegy: In Memoriam – Stephen Lawrence and Beethoven's 7th
A survey of Martin Creed's playful, thought-provoking art
Caitlin Moran chats with Jude Kelly about the highs and lows of life and laughter
Bettany Hughes and Charlotte Higgins discuss the lost heroines of the prehistoric and ancient worlds
Naomi Wolf spoke about the journey she's been on as an academic, a public figure, and a writer
Walking in My Mind explores the inner workings of the artist's imagination
The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination
Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell perform songs from Yoko Ono's Meltdown
Introducing the performers - Move: Choreographing You at Hayward Gallery
Visitors to Carsten Höller's exhibition 'Decision' defy gravity in a flying machine
Watch Deerhoof perform in the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown.
How Hayward Gallery visitors became dancers in the 'Move: Choreographing You' exhibition
Panel discussion in which women discussed movements in modern African feminism
Panel discussion about building on the legacy of London 2012 for women and sport
Are women in the UK media doomed to being reduced to the sum of their body parts?
Fiona Skinner's film about Ed Ruscha's painting 'Noise', featuring The Smiths' Johnny Marr
Spartacus Chetwynd talks about her folding glass house for British Art Show 7
A WOW Bite video in which Laura Bates talks about tackling sexism
American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
Billy Bragg introduces the idea behind Big Busk at Southbank Centre
Women of the World Festival 2014 panel discussion about women and religion
Women of the World panel discussion about fat activism, held at Southbank Centre, 2014
Tony Benn talks to activist and writer John Rees about the formation of the Labour Party
Over the Summer we let Colin Currie loose around Royal Festival Hall - see the results here!
Enjoy the trailer for 2016's WOW – Women of the World festival
Watch the Art and Activism session from the Activism Weekend, part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown
The reinstallation of the restored central section of the organ, January 2012
An utterly remarkable percussion solo from a true master -Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
How do men talk about women and what truths lie behind it?
Brian Griffiths discusses his work for British Art Show 7
Caitlin Moran talks about new book, Moranifesto
What is rape? Who does it? Who does it happen to?
See some Slava's Snow Show at The Southbank Centre
What's louder than an orchestra, quieter than a single instrument and weighs 24 tons?
A comedy show about opinions: how we form them, how we challenge them and how we can change them
An innovative collaboration between beatboxer Shlomo and UK composer Anna Meredith
Watch rehearsals in progress for Shlomo's new composition Rumble
Jeremy Deller talks about how much joy there is in his exhibition and what influences his work
A behind the scenes look at Ernesto Neto Studio in Rio de Janeiro
The amazing travelling art show that happens every 5 years
Stephanie Flanders, BBC Economics Editor, gave a keynote talk on the state of the UK economy
A discussion about men and their various approaches to feminism
John Hegley reads his favourite childhood poem, Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc
Sir Tim Berners-Lee appeared in conversation with Professor Richard Susskind OBE
Watch Ernesto Neto's work take shape in this time-lapse video
Sabrina Mahfouz, poet and playwright, on how she found a feminist in a strip club
Edna Adan gives a keynote on why she built her country’s first maternity hospital
Baaba Maal sings his love and respect to African Woman
Many age-old ideas about women have been swept aside - but what does that have to do with men?
The creators of STOMP, turning cacophony into symphony!
Laura Dockrill, reads her favourite childhood poem Roald Dahl's The Pig
A sneak preview of Shlomo working on the Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra
Misogyny is the hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women. Is misandry even more rampant?
Why become a Southbank Centre Member? Ask the people who know - real Members!
Kimberlé Crenshaw - tells us what 'intersectionality' is
How to reinstall an organ in one and a half minutes
Is promiscuity for men built in and inevitable?
Peaches talks to music journalist Jude Rogers about social and political activism
Victoria Hamilton reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 64: When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd.
A discussion on male friendship, competition, 'bromance' and growing up together
Yoko Ono's piece features members of an orchestra who are wrapped in gauze as they perform
Restoration of the Royal Festival Hall Organ, April 2013
Worth over £200 million per year, ethical clothing is one of fashion's newest markets
Billy Bragg travels down to Guy Marsh Prison, Dorset getting guitars into prisons
Bettany Hughes is speaking on the nature and power of erotic love
Artistic Director Jude Kelly introduces Southbank Centre
The world's greatest orchestra of teenagers burns bright in this electrifying concert
Now hear this! Let's have a bloody good bash at something!
Soloists, chorus, and octet with projected images to celebrate the human spirit in South Africa
The extraordinary orchestra and chorus from Kinshasa perform in London for the first time
Zakopower combine Polish folk with electronic and pop music
Listen to 100 of Venezuela's finest young voices
James Runcie chairs a panel to investigate what level of oppression is felt by gay men
Why bother saving the arts? In an era of cuts, is 'arts' a dirty word?
Emely Neu and Jade French present a panel discussion about their new book
Voicelab allowed singers of all ranges of skill and experience to take part in numerous projects
Members of the public became the art in this innovative exhibition
A short video showcasing the perks of being a Southbank Centre member
Hip-hop is a powerful platform to confirm and confound representations of black masculinity
Preview of 2011's mini-festival with Lang Lang
Aleks is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology and interactivity
How like a winter hath my absence been...
Not marble nor the gilded monuments
Cargoes by John Masefield read by Francesca Beard
Is a gender bias towards 'boys' and 'girls' subjects negatively impacting children's education?
In this bite, Emma George talks about why the female orgasm matters
Watch the extraordinary work involved in restoring, reinstalling and voicing the organ
For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women
Steve Claydon talks about the influences of place and materials in his work
How can we end Female Genital Mutilation in one generation?
The immersive, sensory installations of Ernesto Neto transformed the upper spaces of the Hayward
Composer Dominic Muldowney discusses Bertolt Brecht in this audio podcast
An in-depth exploration of the experimental brilliance of composer Conlon Nancarrow
What happens when your life hits the wall?
Southbank Gamelan Players perform Subakastawa, a popular gamelan piece
A chat with the stallholders at Southbank Centre's Real Food Market
Tony Benn discusses the founding of the Labour Party
An audio podcast on the legend that is Duke Ellington
What was it that made Salome such a scandal?
The song that came free with the David Shrigley: Brain Activity exhibition catalogue
An audio podcast on the fascinating history of the Moulin Rouge