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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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Celebrate the city with us this Bank Holiday at our annual Urban festival

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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
Urban
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
Electronic
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
Art
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
Circus
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
Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:38
See our list of traditional and much-loved children's reading from the Nordic countries.
Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:04
The self-proclaimed Masterchef losers preview their Southbank Centre supper club
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:59
What does it mean to be an African man in the diaspora?
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:14
What chance do African nations have of thriving in the new global and political landscape?
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:05
How do feminists in Africa and the diaspora envision the continent’s future?
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:51
Folk & World
Enjoy a look back at some amazing moments from this year's festival.
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:21
How are African nations defining their place in political landscape being shaped by Brexit and Trump
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:05
Hear from young Africans who are leading the way in everything from tech to fashion and activism
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:56
Tom Illube, tech entrepreneur on how technology is rapidly reshaping culture and society in Africa
Mon, 07/17/2017 - 00:00
Scandinavia’s leading performance circus bring their latest show Limits, to Southbank Centre.
Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:10
Discover a great range of free activities and events for families, this summer
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:25
Discover some amazing African recipes from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017
Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:59
Global Culture & Ethnicity
All you need to know about Southbank Centre’s annual festival of contemporary African culture
Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:20
Discover the stories and the secrets of six stallholders from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017.
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 14:30
Physical Theatre & Mime
The celebrated writer and performer discusses the roots of his new work, Prurience
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:56
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:55
Contemporary Classical
Take a look back at the highlights of a packed weekend of contemporary classical music
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 16:07
Spoken word & Live literature
Artists & Thinkers
Listen to the iconic fashion designer ahead of her return to Southbank Centre
Thu, 07/06/2017 - 00:00
Watch our short video trailer for a summer of fun at Southbank Centre
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:59
From free live music to drinks on the terrace and our beautiful rooftop garden
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:25
Award-winning, author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast
Tue, 07/04/2017 - 18:04
Art
Read the remarkable story of Peter Laszlo Peri’s ‘lost’ sculpture.
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 06:00
Art
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:18
Electronic
How do you explain a ‘multi-sensory encounter of shifting sound and light’?
Thu, 06/29/2017 - 16:29
Urban
Relive the night The Outlook Orchestra blew the Royal Festival Hall audience away
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:33
Spoken word & Live literature
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:00
Art
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.
Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:00
Choral
Emily Peasgood discusses her background, and looks at her past and future works.
Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:00
Introducing Europe's first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:57
See exclusive behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s Meltdown performance
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:33
Nature & Environment
Pluto, one of our volunteer gardeners, tells us what Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden means to him.
Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:26
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:51
Urban
Take a look back at the most memorable moments from M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:30
Children & Young people
Find out about the joint campaign launched by Southbank Centre and Long Live Southbank
Sat, 06/17/2017 - 17:10
Urban
Reviews, tweets and more from midweek at M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:09
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Mohamed Sarrar, of Borderline, shares his experience of escaping Sudan as a refugee.
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:23
The electronic artist and composer on the inspiration for Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:47
Urban
Take a look at some of the best Instagram photos taken at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:44
Nature & Environment
See how our brutalist arts venues are changing
Tue, 06/13/2017 - 19:16
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:21
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Read the story of comedy performer Enayatullah Jalalzai who, age 16, escaped Afghanistan as a refugee
Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:05
Urban
See how M.I.A.’s Meltdown got underway with an epic opening weekend of live music and more
Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:39
Urban
Musicians, writers and journalists tell us who they're looking forward to seeing at Meltdown
Thu, 06/08/2017 - 17:16
Urban
All you need to know ahead of her debut UK performance at Meltdown
Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:15
See video excerpts from Philip Venables: Illusions featuring performance artist David Hoyle
Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:30
See the new video for Goals by M.I.A.
Tue, 06/06/2017 - 15:56
In short, yes, no, and only if you’re quick. Find out which gigs you can be at.
Sun, 06/04/2017 - 09:38
Opera
The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
Fri, 06/02/2017 - 15:01
Urban
Introducing the LGBTQ and QTPOC artists who occupy the heart of M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:00
Hull composer Daniel Elms offers a preview of his piece Bethia, ahead of New Music Biennial
Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00
Contemporary Classical
Ahead of our premier of his new work Sea Change, we caught up with composer Eivind Buene
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 19:30
Contemporary Classical
The composition professor explains how his new work transforms rejection into inspiration
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:23
Check out our pick of some of the best Instagram photos taken at this year’s Alchemy
Sun, 05/28/2017 - 12:00
Watch Lucy Carter, director and lighting designer, on channelling the emotion of a performance
Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:55
Urban
Which of the 16 artists playing at Meltdown is your perfect personality match?
Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:49
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Discover what the dish biryani means to local communities in London
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:02
Keep the children entertained this half-term with us
Sat, 05/20/2017 - 12:34
A short video looking ahead to Chorus, with highlights of past performances.
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:40
Urban
All you need to know about the viral French music sensation ahead of his gig at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:24
Rock & Pop
How a ground-breaking gig saw Pink Floyd banned from the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:40
The Artistic Director of Southbank Centre has won the first-ever Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award
Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:35
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Ahead of Alchemy festival, find out more about South Asian film with Bollywood expert Rahul Verma
Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:56
Religion & Beliefs
The author, advertising consultant and expert on Generation M shares her thoughts.
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:58
Spoken word & Live literature
Take a look at the stellar line-up of literary speakers heading to Southbank Centre
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:24
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Leicester comes to Alchemy for a special East Midlands Mela
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:07
Religion & Beliefs
Talks & Topics
Why does this Benedictine monk think religion has a place in schools?
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:20
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:29
Take a look back through fifty years of the Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 14:44
Our fabulous Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden is now open for the summer
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:19
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Find out about the people behind the delicious food at KERB does Alchemy
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:55
Check out the trailer for our interactive exhibition, Adventures in Moominland
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:08
Chamber & Recital
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:58
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Taste delicious dishes at Alchemy’s street food market, KERB, then recreate them at home
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:18
Urban
Journalist Arwa Haider introduces the hip-hop artists involved in our Beats Without Boundaries event
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:56
Enjoy a unique view of the final pyramid rooflight's delivery to the gallery roof.
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:50
Orchestra
Classical music
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:52
Orchestra
Classical music
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:08
Orchestra
Classical music
Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:59
Electronic
Folk & World
Yep, change your life. Here's your guide to what promises to be an unforgettable 10 days
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:39
Electronic
Rock & Pop
Soulwax and grime superstar Giggs are among the newly added acts
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:55
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:34
Contemporary Classical
Listen to the London Sinfonietta's eclectic playlist featuring Björk, Sigur Ros, Kaija Saariaho and Jóhann Jóhannsson
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:18
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:34
Religion & Beliefs
Belief and Beyond Belief festival panellist Canon Rosie Harper considers the topic of assisted dying
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:20
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:13
Art
The new billboard art-work, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal, is installed at Hayward Gallery
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:43
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:02
This ambassador's talents include photography, writing and public speaking
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:58
Read a little about Morgan: events organiser and recent graduate
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:47
Contemporary Dance
Hear from Ballet and Contemporary dancer, Richard
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 18:01
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 17:50
Contemporary Classical
Discover the most unusual performance the composer and musician has been part of
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:11
Contemporary Classical
Composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 17:18
Urban
Dive into M.I.A.'s Meltdown with our playlist, featuring tracks from all the names taking the stage
Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:33
Listen to audio highlights of Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival 2017
Mon, 03/20/2017 - 17:29
Hear what Hayward Gallery means to artists, Bridget Riley and Antony Gormley
Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:55
Art
Hayward Gallery stages the first major retrospective of the work of photographer Andreas Gursky
Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:54
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
Fri, 03/10/2017 - 18:05
Gender Politics & Equality
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Award-winning journalist and black feminist Reni writes about class, race, gender and social justice
Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:04
Leading researcher and writer on men and masculinity Michael Kimmel discusses WOW festival
Fri, 03/10/2017 - 14:34
Two of our Nordic artists and speakers share their thoughts on women’s lives in the Nordic region today
Thu, 03/09/2017 - 15:08
Health & Wellbeing
Talks & Topics
Lu Kemp, director of The Lounge discusses her research into older age for the production
Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:30
Gender Politics & Equality
Talks & Topics
Read how the Swedish mansplaining hotline caused a domestic stir

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