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Let The Light In

Thanks to you, we’ve reached our goal and let the light in to Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

The incredible support of over 53,000 generous individuals and our partners Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund along with Trusts, Foundations and companies means that our 1960s arts venues have been restored ready for the next 50 years.

Hayward Gallery reopened on 25 January to much acclaim, and Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room followed suit on 9 April with The Observer commenting that these much loved concert halls are now 'glowing with renewed lustre’

...the Hayward Gallery has had a glorious rebirth
The Times

Through the campaign, the importance of these buildings has been recognised by artists, supporters and audiences sharing personal stories, career defining moments and life-changing experiences.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery have now been firmly reinstated as places for new work, new ideas and new artists. Without your support, this wouldn’t have been possible.

The artistic possibilities for the future are limitless. Thank you for the part you have played. We couldn’t have done it without you.

It’s not about donating to a building. It’s about making a real contribution to the cultural life of Britain for many decades to come.
Susan Gilchrist, Chairman of Southbank Centre Board of Governors

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Pianist on stage

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday gig
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday...
Randy Newman, singer-songwriter
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The singer and film composer counts the Toy Story theme and a biting satire on Putin among his hits
The singer and film composer counts the Toy Story theme and a biting satire on Putin among his hits
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 10 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 10 Jun 2020
gigs
literature & poetry
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne Holloway-Smith
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne...
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 16 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 16 Jul 2020
gigs
literature & poetry
Headlining our monthly poetry and music evening, poet Caroline Bird reads from her latest collection
Headlining our monthly poetry and music evening, poet Caroline Bird reads from her latest collection
Warm Digits, musical group
7:45 pm
Thu 17 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 17 Sep 2020
gigs
electronic
Do you dream of Can playing with the Chemical Brothers in an exploding fireworks factory?
Do you dream of Can playing with the Chemical Brothers in an exploding fireworks factory?
Laima Leyton, musician

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 18 Sep 2020
6:00 pm | Fri 18 Sep 2020
gigs
electronic
The Brazilian producer releases debut album Home: a synth-pop study of the domestic vs the creative
The Brazilian producer releases debut album Home: a synth-pop study of the domestic vs the creative
Black Midi, rock band
7:30 pm
Sat 19 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Sep 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
Strap yourself in for the experimental sound of the maverick four-piece
Strap yourself in for the experimental sound of the maverick four-piece
Sold out
And So I Watch You From Afar, band
7:30 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
Jettison is the punk-come-art rockers’ most ambitious project to date
Jettison is the punk-come-art rockers’ most ambitious project to date
Fernando Otero, pianist
7:45 pm
Fri 25 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 25 Sep 2020
classical music
gigs
Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, the composer and pianist performs with special guests
Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, the composer and pianist performs with special guests
The Wanwrights
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Sep 2020
gigs
folk & world
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical evening
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical...

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Let The Light In stories

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After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
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Take a look at some of the first acts and events to grace our reopened venues
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Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it