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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Readers in The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
The Test, HMO Greenock Koestler exhibiton

Free

Free

Various times
19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler Awards exhibition
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler...
Audience at the main stage, Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987

Free

Free

Various times
7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
The Bolds Go Wild, illustration
10:15 am
Thu 17 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Thu 17 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
An interactive event for Key Stage 2 pupils, with laugh-out-loud readings, amazing live drawing and more
An interactive event for Key Stage 2 pupils, with laugh-out-loud readings, amazing live drawing and...
The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 17 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Thu 17 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Live-stream the creators of The Bolds, Julian Clary and David Roberts, into your classroom for a fun-packed reading
Live-stream the creators of The Bolds, Julian Clary and David Roberts, into your classroom for a...
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 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
Armistead Maupin, writer
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The much-loved author recounts his favourite Tales of the City in his first ever UK tour
The much-loved author recounts his favourite Tales of the City in his first ever UK tour
Roxanna Panufnik, composer
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
classical music
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Out-Spoken: October at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
gigs
literature & poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
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

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...
Jacqui, spoken word artist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
The spoken word artist and songwriter wants us to break the rules for a reason
The spoken word artist and songwriter wants us to break the rules for a reason
The Violet Nights Podcasting Course

Free

Free

Various times
26 Sep 2019 - 29 Nov 2019
Various times | 26 Sep 2019 - 29 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25
Lex Amor, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
gigs
Find calm in the powerful cadences of rapper, DJ and producer Lex Amor
Find calm in the powerful cadences of rapper, DJ and producer Lex Amor
Interior view of Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium
Various times
18 Oct 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
Various times | 18 Oct 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
tours & activities
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Heaux Noire illustration
6:30 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
6:30 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Listen up as womxn* of colour share their stories through poetry and music
Listen up as womxn* of colour share their stories through poetry and music
Ayelet Gunder-Goshen, author
7:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
Novelist, producer

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
talks & debates
family & young people
The Mercury Prize nominee shares his knowledge of being a DIY musician in a discussion for ages 18 - 30
The Mercury Prize nominee shares his knowledge of being a DIY musician in a discussion for ages 18 -...
Lemn Sissay, author and broadcaster

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8:15 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
8:15 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Reflect on self-expression and Britishness at this discussion on Sissay’s new memoir
Reflect on self-expression and Britishness at this discussion on Sissay’s new memoir
Novelist, record producer
10:00 pm
18 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
10:00 pm | 18 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
gigs
Once ‘poster boy of Grime’ now 2018 Mercury Prize nominee: meet the distinctive south London rapper
Once ‘poster boy of Grime’ now 2018 Mercury Prize nominee: meet the distinctive south London...
Valzhyna Mort
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Koestler Arts - Another Me: Mindful Looking
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Consider a mindful approach to artworks entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice
Consider a mindful approach to artworks entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal...
Fantastical Futures at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
Various times | 12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Meena Kandasamy, writer and translator
11:00 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
Gold patten print

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live readings from Olivia Douglass and Hannah Raymond-Cox
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live...
Raymond Antrobus

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1:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly share the stage to perform their latest works
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly share the stage to perform their latest works
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
Jung Chang, author

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2:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Delve into the gripping secrets of 20th-century China in this talk with the acclaimed author
Delve into the gripping secrets of 20th-century China in this talk with the acclaimed author
Koestler Arts - Another Me:  Mindful Writing
2:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Respond to an anthology of poetry produced by people inside the criminal justice system
Respond to an anthology of poetry produced by people inside the criminal justice system
Iris Colomb, poet and translator
3:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation
Chen Chen, poet
3:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
How do you describe, name and transform the self in poetry?
How do you describe, name and transform the self in poetry?
Poems from the Edge of Exctinction

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6:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
6:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Be here for the launch of a groundbreaking anthology of poetry written in endangered languages
Be here for the launch of a groundbreaking anthology of poetry written in endangered languages
Sofia Fomina, soprano

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7:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra starts with a funeral march and finishes with a world reborn
The London Philharmonic Orchestra starts with a funeral march and finishes with a world reborn
Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman, writers

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7:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Discuss the themes of the groundbreaking essay collection with those who edited and contributed to it
Discuss the themes of the groundbreaking essay collection with those who edited and contributed to...
My Name is My Own at Southbank Centre
10:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
performance & theatre
literature & poetry
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people
Laura Tohe, poet
11:00 am
Sun 20 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Craft your own poetry on urgent issues in a workshop with the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate
Craft your own poetry on urgent issues in a workshop with the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate
Adonis and Khaled Mattawa: A New Divan

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12:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Goethe's great work of world literature
Mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Goethe's great work of world literature
Poems that Pop at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Ping, whoosh, kapow: there's a poem going off
Ping, whoosh, kapow: there's a poem going off
Patricia Smith, poet

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1:30 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Fire up disruptive poetry in this live reading and discussion with internationally renowned poets
Fire up disruptive poetry in this live reading and discussion with internationally renowned poets
Telephone illustration

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Animators squash and stretch poetry by Claudia Rankine, Carol Ann Duffy and more
Animators squash and stretch poetry by Claudia Rankine, Carol Ann Duffy and more
Nikki Giovanni, poet
2:30 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take part in a poetry masterclass with one of America's foremost poets
Take part in a poetry masterclass with one of America's foremost poets
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Tamara Stefanovich, pianist

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3:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents the Scottish Symphony and Piano Concerto No.27
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents the Scottish Symphony and Piano Concerto No.27
 Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell, PhD candidate
3:30 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Discuss the Forward Prize-shortlisted collections at this event organised with the Poetry School
Discuss the Forward Prize-shortlisted collections at this event organised with the Poetry School
Violet Nights, audience

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
4:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Between the past and future is the present, so these poems by young people come with a bow on top
Between the past and future is the present, so these poems by young people come with a bow on top
Bernardine Evaristo
5:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Get a fresh perspective on ourselves, others and the UK at a conversation between the two authors
Get a fresh perspective on ourselves, others and the UK at a conversation between the two authors
7:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
The best poetry being published in the British Isles today is read and recognised at this ceremony
The best poetry being published in the British Isles today is read and recognised at this ceremony
Break dancers

Free

Free

10:30 am
Mon 21 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Mon 21 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Red shoes not required for a free dance and music workshop on all things fairy tale
Red shoes not required for a free dance and music workshop on all things fairy tale
A child colouring at a workshop

Free

Free

Various times
21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
tours & activities
family & young people
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
family & young people
literature & poetry
Put your fairy tale moves into practice on our dance floor, after your free workshop
Put your fairy tale moves into practice on our dance floor, after your free workshop
Planet Omar illustration
2:00 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Meet Omar, an accidental trouble magnet with a huge imagination
Meet Omar, an accidental trouble magnet with a huge imagination
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
Kishani Widyaratna, editor
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Get advice on how to evaluate your manuscript and tackle rewriting from the Picador Books editor
Get advice on how to evaluate your manuscript and tackle rewriting from the Picador Books editor
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Asmaa Jama, poet
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Hear from UK-based Somali poets about how they’re using the political climate as a catalyst for art
Hear from UK-based Somali poets about how they’re using the political climate as a catalyst for...
Fatima Bhutto, writer

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7:15 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Mass culture from the East is taking on Hollywood and finding a truly global audience
Mass culture from the East is taking on Hollywood and finding a truly global audience
East West Street book cover

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7:30 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
A partly staged reading inspired by Philippe Sands’ award-winning bestseller about the Nuremberg trials
A partly staged reading inspired by Philippe Sands’ award-winning bestseller about the Nuremberg...

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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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