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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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Free

Free

Various times
16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
Various times | 16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this exhibition
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this...

Free

Free

Various times
8 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 8 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our Winter Market
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our Winter Market
Installation view of Bridget Riley, Composition with Circles 4, 2004 at Hayward Gallery 2019 © Bridget Riley 2019 Photo Stephen White & Co.
Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
The Lion King

Free

Free

Various times
14 Nov 2019 - 26 Dec 2019
Various times | 14 Nov 2019 - 26 Dec 2019
family & young people
tours & activities
A small lion just can’t wait to be king in the original blockbuster Disney musical
A small lion just can’t wait to be king in the original blockbuster Disney musical
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
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
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take part in a series of open workshops to discuss the future growth of the National Poetry Library
Take part in a series of open workshops to discuss the future growth of the National Poetry Library
Denis Kozukhin, pianist

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 14 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 14 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia with music by Debussy and Ravel
Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia with music by Debussy and Ravel
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Rug Rhymes puppet at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
13 Sep 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
Various times | 13 Sep 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
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
 Toddlers enjoying a Jazz session
Various times
15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Various times | 15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Sold out

Free

Free

Various times
6 Sep 2019 - 22 Dec 2019
Various times | 6 Sep 2019 - 22 Dec 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...
The Little Mermaid, artwork

Free

Free

Various times
15 Nov 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
Various times | 15 Nov 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
classical music
family & young people
With a flick of your tail, enter a wondrous undersea world in a beloved Disney adventure
With a flick of your tail, enter a wondrous undersea world in a beloved Disney adventure
Archipelago, band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
Tidal waves of sound bear chaos, freedom, joy and darkness in a free lunchtime gig from the genre-crossing trio
Tidal waves of sound bear chaos, freedom, joy and darkness in a free lunchtime gig from the...
Animal Society, band

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
Somewhere between Rage Against the Machine, Pat Metheny and EST, find this cutting-edge jazz band
Somewhere between Rage Against the Machine, Pat Metheny and EST, find this cutting-edge jazz band
7:15 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:15 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Listen to gems from the Blue Note Records catalogue, reimagined by today’s jazz artists
Listen to gems from the Blue Note Records catalogue, reimagined by today’s jazz artists
Jazz Voice - EFG London Jazz Festival Opening Gala
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices
Trevor Watts, jazz musician
7:45 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz quartet
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz...
DJ Spinna
10:30 pm
15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
10:30 pm | 15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
gigs
electronic
Connect the dots between club culture and contemporary jazz at a collaboration with EFG London Jazz Festival
Connect the dots between club culture and contemporary jazz at a collaboration with EFG London Jazz...
Various times
21 Sep 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
Various times | 21 Sep 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan

Free

Free

Various times
16 Nov 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
Various times | 16 Nov 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
There are monsters in the closet, and they’re harvesting our children’s screams
There are monsters in the closet, and they’re harvesting our children’s screams
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
Woman playing saxophone

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Raise a flag for women-identifying performers with an EFG London Jazz Festival showcase
Raise a flag for women-identifying performers with an EFG London Jazz Festival showcase
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Omar Hakim, Rachel Z, Linley Marthe, Kurt Rosenwinkel
7:30 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Groove with the new quartet from drummer Omar Hakim, featuring Rachel Z, Linley Marthe and Kurt Rosenwinkel
Groove with the new quartet from drummer Omar Hakim, featuring Rachel Z, Linley Marthe and Kurt...
Gary Bartz, saxophonist
7:30 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Mark the 50th anniversary of legendary sax man Gary Bartz’s iconic record in this star-studded jazz concert
Mark the 50th anniversary of legendary sax man Gary Bartz’s iconic record in this star-studded...
7:45 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK premiere
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK...
Beauty and the Beast, artwork

Free

Free

Various times
17 Nov 2019 - 29 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Nov 2019 - 29 Dec 2019
family & young people
tours & activities
An enchanted castle, a monstrous prince and a magic rose - who has the power to lift the curse?
An enchanted castle, a monstrous prince and a magic rose - who has the power to lift the curse?
Illustrations of astronauts in space
Various times
Sun 17 Nov 2019
Various times | Sun 17 Nov 2019
family & young people
Find the first footprint on the moon in a jazz and funk-fuelled family adventure
Find the first footprint on the moon in a jazz and funk-fuelled family adventure

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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
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