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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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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
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
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
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?
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
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

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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
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
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
Woman playing Gamelan
Various times
6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
Various times | 6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
David Sedaris, writer
Various times
10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
Various times | 10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
literature & poetry
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Clare Hammond, pianist

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
classical music
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
 Ferran Adrià, chef
7:45 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Famous for his pioneering culinary techniques, the chef has been applauded and imitated around the world
Famous for his pioneering culinary techniques, the chef has been applauded and imitated around the...

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Packed with wit, energy and heartache, it's a new anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in English
Packed with wit, energy and heartache, it's a new anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in...
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
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
The Bach Choir performing in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
classical music
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by Verdi
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by...
Laura Bates, writer
7:45 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project discusses her explosive new book
The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project discusses her explosive new book
People singing and playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Children at poetry workshop

Free

Free

Various times
17 Jan 2020 - 10 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Jan 2020 - 10 Jul 2020
family & young people
poetry
Find your spot on the poem rug for a short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s
Find your spot on the poem rug for a short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s
Pianist on stage

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday gig
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday...
Film still from The English Patient (1996)
7:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
classical music
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
Various times | 25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
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
Out-Spoken Poetry Masterclass attendees
1:00 pm
Sat 06 Jun 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 06 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Write your own truth at a workshop with the freethinking poet and host of Out-Spoken Joelle Taylor
Write your own truth at a workshop with the freethinking poet and host of Out-Spoken Joelle Taylor
Jessica Cottis, conductor
7:30 pm
Sat 06 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 06 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Daniel Elms
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic musicians
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic...
Randy Newman, singer-songwriter
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The singer and film composer counts the Toy Story theme and a biting satire on Putin among his hits
The singer and film composer counts the Toy Story theme and a biting satire on Putin among his hits
Children playing drums in Royal Festival Hall
10:30 am
Tue 09 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Tue 09 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary schools
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary...
Peter O'Hagan, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 09 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 09 Jun 2020
classical music
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
The Argonauts
Various times
10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
Various times | 10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
A dark, funny and surprising dance theatre production from Ben Duke reimagines the Greek myth
A dark, funny and surprising dance theatre production from Ben Duke reimagines the Greek myth
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 10 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 10 Jun 2020
gigs
literature & poetry
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne Holloway-Smith
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne...
Musician playing the harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
Mahler: Song of Lamentation

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
Anthony David
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Do mental health problems lie in a person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances?
Do mental health problems lie in a person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances?
Jen Brister, writer
7:30 pm
Tue 23 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 23 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Polari strides into summer with fiery new literary commentaries on queer hearts, hopes and heroes
Polari strides into summer with fiery new literary commentaries on queer hearts, hopes and heroes
Natalie Diaz, poet
7:45 pm
Wed 24 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 24 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Bend your ear for poetry inspired by our Hayward Gallery exhibition Reverb: Sound Into Art
Bend your ear for poetry inspired by our Hayward Gallery exhibition Reverb: Sound Into Art
Schools at a story Writing Project
10:30 am
Thu 25 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Thu 25 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Kick off your summer reading challenges in a day of interactive literature workshops for primary schools
Kick off your summer reading challenges in a day of interactive literature workshops for primary...

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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