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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The Light in the Piazza at Southbank Centre
Various times
14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
Various times | 14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
performance & dance
accessible events
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
Ino Moxo, snake projected on wall while a dancer performs
Various times
15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
The Horne Section
Various times
Sun 16 Jun 2019
Various times | Sun 16 Jun 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Be blown away by the new tour from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Be blown away by the new tour from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
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...
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Sold out
Juliana Huxtable Untitled (Lil’ Marvel) 2015, image courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant London.
Various times
12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Various times | 12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity

Free

Free

Various times
18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
Various times | 18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
courses & workshops
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
Image credit Barrie Tullett

Free

Free

Various times
30 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
Various times | 30 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Journey to Paradise with artist Barrie Tullett in an exhibition responding to the Divine Comedy
Journey to Paradise with artist Barrie Tullett in an exhibition responding to the Divine Comedy
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
Young musician performing

Free

Free

Various times
18 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019
Various times | 18 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019
classical music
During two days of concerts, students from 15 local primary schools show their musical skills
During two days of concerts, students from 15 local primary schools show their musical skills
Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
7:30 pm
Tue 18 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 18 Jun 2019
classical music
Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts energetic symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn
Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts energetic symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
Rhumba, tango and waltz for joy at our monthly tea dance
Rhumba, tango and waltz for joy at our monthly tea dance
Various times
19 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
Various times | 19 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
tours & activities
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Nicholas Hlobo, artist
7:00 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
Young people in Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

Various times
20 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss My Genders
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss...
Super Schools and The Cape Crusaders at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
Jazz isn't just for grown-ups: local schoolchildren present a show inspired by Abdullah Ibrahim
Jazz isn't just for grown-ups: local schoolchildren present a show inspired by Abdullah Ibrahim
The Mother performed on stage
Various times
20 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
Various times | 20 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
A dark tale merging narrative dance and drama choreographed by Arthur Pita, starring Natalia Osipova
A dark tale merging narrative dance and drama choreographed by Arthur Pita, starring Natalia Osipova
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
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...

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Let The Light In stories

story
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