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The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
How an increase in prizes is helping bring through more diverse voices
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story
Get your toes tapping to music from the 1920s to the 1990s with this Spotify Playlist
The Academy award-winning art director on his incredible new project
What, or indeed who, is behind the popularity of Chinese sci-fi?
The OAE’s Cecelia Bruggemeyer introduces this remarkable instrument
The Brazilian has gone from child prodigy to piano legend
Get a look at the mind-altering effects of the latest must see Hayward Gallery exhibition in our preview video
Enjoy eight stand-out musical collaborations featuring The Who frontman
Watch the trailer for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s 2018/19 season
Learn how this cross artform collaboration is being brought to life
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s new perception-altering exhibition
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor on this season's programme
Find out about Richard Wilson’s perception-altering work, part of Space Shifters
Discover the actors bringing the classic epic poem to life
Find out about Alicja Kwade’s maze-like installation, part of Space Shifters
The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter on the unexpected influences of her grandparents' country
Find out about Jeppe Hein’s kinetic sculpture, part of Space Shifters
Classical musician Eberhard Spree takes us on a short musical tour of the city
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Dr. Cliff Lauson introduces Hayward Gallery's remarkable new group exhibition
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
Whatever your era, see in the new year with us
Discover the writer known as the 'Chinese Tolkein'
Get involved in WOW in Bradford, Cardiff, Exeter and Perth
With so much to choose from, here are a few festival highlights
There is so much more to this Scottish writer than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Senior Curator, Vincent Honore takes us on a mini tour of the gallery
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
From Sybil to Forrest Gump, take a look back at some of the actress’ most iconic performances
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
Double-bassist Eberhard Spree gives an introduction to Leipzig’s world-famous orchestra
The comedian and playwright tells us why more artists should take risks, in this interview
From André Aciman to Xia Jia; a look at the books our literature team enjoyed this month
Comedian and performer Jess Thom breaks down common misconceptions about what it is to be disabled
Listen to the third episode of our monthly podcast, a preview of Unlimited
Get an idea of this year’s programme with these hand-picked events
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlist from the former Mercury Prize nominee
Breaking down myths on the refugee crisis, the inspiration for Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer
Read the remarkable story of Kurt Masur’s role in the downfall of East Germany
Watch the remarkable short film from BAFTA-winning director, Kieran Evans, here
All you never knew about one of Germany’s oldest orchestras
Hear how The Cure’s legendary frontman put together his festival this exclusive video interview
From the Be Good Tanyas to 2017’s Wildflower Blues, hear some of their great songs
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Try your hand(s) at the LPO’s Rite of Spring clap-along game
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
Knocks, socks and schnapps; find out what goes on in the wings
Cap off a marvellous summer with our weekend of varied fun
Read a short-story, written in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlists from Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas
Watch the fourth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Get inspiration for your next novel or poetry collection from our literary experts
A discussion on approaches to drag, from Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Vincent Honoré
Listen to the second episode of our monthly podcast, as we discuss writing and the novel.
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Watch the third in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Discover the roots of this inspirational young orchestra
Your best tweets and Instagram images from this year’s festival
Find out which literary luminaries are on this year’s bill
Find out more about this interactive sculpture
Watch the second in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Spend your summer weekends enjoying free live performances on our outdoor stage
Meet the phenomenal women who make up the social-theatrical spectacular Hot Brown Honey
See what’s coming up in our packed poetry programme
Listen to music from acts playing Southbank Centre in autumn in this Spotify playlist
Watch outdoor film screenings of cult classics with us this summer
Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
Watch the first in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Listen to the second episode of our literary podcast, recorded backstage at Man Booker 50
Find out about the history of the Argentine music and its links with Cuba and opera
Listen to a discussion of family dynamics, memory and desire, from two Booker Prize-winning authors
See archive images from 50 years of Hayward Gallery exhibitions via this groundbreaking partnership
Listen to two Booker Prize-winning writers discuss how historical fiction can shed light on our present
Get the kids involved in our Monstersaurus-inspired quiz
Listen to the novelists discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history
Find out how we’re celebrating the golden anniversary of our iconic art gallery
Discover a great range of family events and free activities this summer
Revisit fantastic images of exhibitions from the gallery’s first fifty years
Enjoy five brilliant performances from the incredible Malian music duo.
Find out what he’ll be cooking in his summer Southbank Centre pop-up in this interview.
Listen to this Spotify playlist curated by Dom Thomas of the psychedelic pop group
Enjoy fantastic fiction and powerful prose selected by literary experts.
Enjoy BBQ, burgers, refreshing juices, craft ales, frozen yoghurt and global street food this summer
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s intricate collages
Discover more about this intriguing composer and musician
Go behind the scenes at Meltdown with the first episode of our new podcast series
Take a look at some of the best images from across the ten days of 2018’s Meltdown festival
See the band as they prepared to play Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival, in this video
Read our rapid-fire interview with the two-time Booker Prize-winning author
Take a look at some brilliant photos of 2018’s Meltdown festival from those who were there
See the American singer-songwriter talk about performing and Robert Smith
Watch an excerpt of Mahler’s dramatic work featuring acclaimed mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung
Hear from the band’s Barry Burns and Stuart Braithwaite and watch gig footage from their performance at Meltdown
See footage from the cellist’s appearance at Meltdown as she explains her distinctive sound
Luis Vasquez shares a selection of tracks inspired by Meltdown in this Spotify playlist
Discover the books on the shortlist and what drove the judges to select them
Listen to this Spotify playlist put together by founder member John Helps
Discover works from this groundbreaking National Poetry Library exhibition
Enjoy some of the sights, sounds and superlatives from the first few days of the festival.
Hear from YONAKA lead singer Theresa Jarvis in this video recorded at Robert Smith's Meltdown
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson on one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Three anti-apartheid activists, Chitra Karve, Lela Kogbara and Brian Filling recount the time they met Nelson Mandela
Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Discover what some of the artists of Robert Smith’s Meltdown are listening too.
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
Artists from Robert Smith’s Meltdown tell us what they’re looking forward to at the festival.
Find out who the artists of 2018’s Meltdown would put on their festival bill
Enjoy this atmospheric twelve track Spotify playlist from the hypnotic, electronic Italian band
Love, murder and a platoon of ghostly knights – get to know Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in one minute
Learn about how women are being supported in jazz, classical, DJing and more
Watch Deftones’ Chino Moreno get a first look at Royal Festival Hall
Take a look back and listen to 1998’s Meltdown with this Spotify playlist
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
See what our literary experts have been reading
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s immersive installations, Via Negativa II (2014)
The artist discusses her childhood in South Korea with exhibition curator Stephanie Rosenthal
Author and journalist John Battersby recounts time spent with the South African leader
Introducing Hayward Gallery's mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed artist Lee Bul
Find out more about Lee Bul’s iconic cyborgs
Have you noticed the bright new flags fluttering from Royal Festival Hall?
Enjoy ten top tracks, handpicked by the electronic pioneers
Come rain, come shine, Southbank Centre’s the place to be this half term
Find out more about one of Lee Bul’s early performances
Listen to three powerful Spotify playlists from Carleen Anderson, Rod Youngs and Renell Shaw
The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
Discover his hopes for the future of dance and his relationship with Southbank Centre in this Q&A
Get a unique look into Hayward Gallery history with this remarkable anthology
Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career
The singer and journalist on the importance of music as a tool of protest
Take a look at the literary greats set to appear at Southbank Centre in 2018
Discover the turbulent relationship between Sergei Prokofiev and the Soviet regime
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
These two artists prove they still have plenty to offer
See the Finnish violinist discuss the composer’s First Violin Concerto in this video
Get inspiration for your bank holiday reading from our literature team

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