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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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Donnerstag aus Licht performance onstage
Various times
21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
Various times | 21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
Soundpit at Southbank Centre
Various times
22 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
Various times | 22 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Bring your pupils to play in giant sensory sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
Bring your pupils to play in giant sensory sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
Kate Cooper, We Need Sanctuary, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Free

Free

Various times
15 May 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 May 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
15 MAY – 23 JUN 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition of a large-scale video installation exploring gender, technology and the body
15 MAY – 23 JUN 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition of a large-scale video installation...
Beverley Knight, recording artist
7:30 pm
Thu 23 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 23 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Southbank Centre Food Market.Stall 1 - Elephant Juice.August 2016

Free

Free

Various times
4 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2019
Various times | 4 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2019
Tangy, spicy, sticky, sweet and fresh: our street food market is bursting with flavours for you to try
Tangy, spicy, sticky, sweet and fresh: our street food market is bursting with flavours for you to...
Chris Maddock Quartet

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
Me and My Friends, band

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
gigs
folk & world
Gloriously danceable folk music with sun-drenched influences from Ghanaian highlife to Jamaican roots
Gloriously danceable folk music with sun-drenched influences from Ghanaian highlife to Jamaican...
Christy Moore with his guitar singing into a microphone
Various times
24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Various times | 24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
gigs
folk & world
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Performance of Absolute Bird: Translating Nature
8:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
classical music
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong

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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