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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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all events

Free

Free

Various times
2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Various times | 2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
scrapbook

Free

Free

Various times
30 Apr 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
Various times | 30 Apr 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Mark the centenary of the Scottish poet at an exhibition focused on his visual poetry and his life
Mark the centenary of the Scottish poet at an exhibition focused on his visual poetry and his life
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Artist Performance in an Interactive Space
Various times
27 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
Various times | 27 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Welcome to our interactive art gallery, where each painting is a world waiting to be explored
Welcome to our interactive art gallery, where each painting is a world waiting to be explored
A Vixen's Tale scene for the digital exhibition

Free

Free

Various times
25 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
Various times | 25 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
family & young people
under 5s
Meet The Cunning Little Vixen in an augmented reality experience from Welsh National Opera
Meet The Cunning Little Vixen in an augmented reality experience from Welsh National Opera
Dinosaur, jazz group
7:30 pm
Thu 28 May 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 28 May 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
In a stripped-back, acoustic performance, the British jazz supergroup present their third album
In a stripped-back, acoustic performance, the British jazz supergroup present their third album
Samantha Irby, comedian
7:45 pm
Thu 28 May 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 28 May 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The US comedian, author and blogger appears in conversation in the UK for the very first time
The US comedian, author and blogger appears in conversation in the UK for the very first time
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Last Night of Spring Proms audience and conductor with Union Jack flags
7:30 pm
Fri 29 May 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 29 May 2020
classical music
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
14 Apr 2020 - 31 May 2020
Various times | 14 Apr 2020 - 31 May 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
Sing along with everyone’s favourite Pig family in an interactive introduction to live orchestra
Sing along with everyone’s favourite Pig family in an interactive introduction to live orchestra
Art Spiegelman, cartoonist
7:30 pm
Sat 30 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 30 May 2020
literature & poetry
accessible events
The artist and illustrator speaks on his iconic graphic novel, the masterful Holocaust narrative Maus
The artist and illustrator speaks on his iconic graphic novel, the masterful Holocaust narrative...
Chris Botti, trumpeter
7:30 pm
Sat 30 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 30 May 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
To the New York Times, his playing evokes ‘sunsets and half-moons and low-wattage incandescence'
To the New York Times, his playing evokes ‘sunsets and half-moons and low-wattage...
OAE Tots at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 31 May 2020
Various times | Sun 31 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
Beethoven hid some animals in his Pastoral Symphony: can you find them?
Beethoven hid some animals in his Pastoral Symphony: can you find them?
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sun 31 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 31 May 2020
classical music
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
A pianist and trombonist performing on stage
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Tayari Jones, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:15 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The author's latest novel is a breathtaking story about the delicate threads that bind a family together
The author's latest novel is a breathtaking story about the delicate threads that bind a family...
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan

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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