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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Please donate today and help Southbank Centre continue to be a place where everyone can experience world-class art and culture

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Various times
13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
Various times | 13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Unavailable
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Dancers in The Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

Various times
13 Mar 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
Various times | 13 Mar 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers
Various times
Sat 30 Mar 2019
Various times | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
Unavailable
1:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio
Rosie Adediran, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Tue 09 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 09 Apr 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Warm up your pipes or shake a leg at a show of folk, world and original tunes for all ages
Warm up your pipes or shake a leg at a show of folk, world and original tunes for all ages
Photograph of a child dancing while a crowd and an MC cheer her on

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 14 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 14 Apr 2019
Learn all the best moves from the hip-hop dance pros – no experience necessary
Learn all the best moves from the hip-hop dance pros – no experience necessary
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections

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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
story
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