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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Various times
2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour

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7:30 pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Surmount one of the pinnacles of art in the age of revolution
Surmount one of the pinnacles of art in the age of revolution
Child enjoying Soundpit at Southbank Centre
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...
Performer and Children on stage

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Chitra Soundar, author
11:00 am
Sun 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
Fold Out City with instructions

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
Kader Attia, Measure and Control, 2013
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking work
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking...
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the formative first half of the influential photographer’s career
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the formative first half of the influential...
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Shrimpy Stall at the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Free

Various times
25 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 25 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our market
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our market
 Jasbinder Bilan, author
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Noisy Notes - Sue Perkins
2:00 pm
Sun 24 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Sound off at an interactive concert for children with Orion Orchestra
Sound off at an interactive concert for children with Orion Orchestra
Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Various times
27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
HSKU 20140818 Esa-Pekka Salonen Helsingin musiikkitalolla. Kuva: Benjamin Suomela HS

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7:30 pm
Sun 24 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his own Cello Concerto alongside Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his own Cello Concerto alongside Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

Free

Free

10:00 am
Mon 25 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival Series
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival...
Readers in The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Free

Free

10:00 am
Mon 25 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
Feel the power of words at a nine-week creative writing programme for people with dementia
Feel the power of words at a nine-week creative writing programme for people with dementia
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Transit: A study of love, death and disappearance, by Heather McDonough
7:00 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Art
View life through the lens of Diane Arbus on our five-week photography course
View life through the lens of Diane Arbus on our five-week photography course
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7:30 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
English concert organist Catherine Ennis performs one of the most famous organ toccatas
English concert organist Catherine Ennis performs one of the most famous organ toccatas
Man Booker 50 headshots
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The Man Booker-winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy
The Man Booker-winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Commemorate the end of World War One at a concert of English song with bass-baritone Ashley Riches
Commemorate the end of World War One at a concert of English song with bass-baritone Ashley Riches
Angela Hewitt, classical pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
This beautifully programmed recital demonstrates Angela Hewitt’s affinity with the Baroque
This beautifully programmed recital demonstrates Angela Hewitt’s affinity with the Baroque
Dancers in The Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

10:00 am
Wed 27 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Classical Dance
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers

Free

Free

10:30 am
Wed 27 Feb 2019
10:30 am | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Theresa Lola, poet
7:00 pm
Wed 27 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Our new series of poetry salons begins, with poets Hannah Lowe and MacGillivray
Our new series of poetry salons begins, with poets Hannah Lowe and MacGillivray

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7:30 pm
Wed 27 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
British music isn’t what you might think
British music isn’t what you might think
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 22 Mar 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 22 Mar 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre on a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre on a guided Members’ tour
C Cane, musician

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Heard the female MCs, presenters and producers who are changing grime? Now’s the time to start
Heard the female MCs, presenters and producers who are changing grime? Now’s the time to start
Max Porter, author
7:30 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
A world-exclusive reading of the author's follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
A world-exclusive reading of the author's follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
Soprano Marianne Crebassa

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an evocative programme full of personal connections.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an evocative programme full of personal connections.
Misha Mullov-Abbado Group

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 01 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 01 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Intricate yet intuitive jazz from lauded bass player and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado and his group
Intricate yet intuitive jazz from lauded bass player and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado and his group
Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 01 Mar 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 01 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Follow no leader: a collaborative big band representing a new generation of jazz musicians
Follow no leader: a collaborative big band representing a new generation of jazz musicians
Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour on stage
Various times
1 Mar 2019 - 2 Mar 2019
Various times | 1 Mar 2019 - 2 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Journey into the distant future on a voyage of revelations in this dance theatre show
Journey into the distant future on a voyage of revelations in this dance theatre show
Goran Bregovic
8:00 pm
Fri 01 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 01 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Find unity in sound as the Balkan composer brings together three musical traditions
Find unity in sound as the Balkan composer brings together three musical traditions

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7:30 pm
Sat 02 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 02 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
Luxuriate in music written specially to appeal to British audiences
Luxuriate in music written specially to appeal to British audiences
Jean-Michel Blais , composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 02 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 02 Mar 2019
Gigs
Contemporary Classical
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna. Photo Tamara Rametsteiner

Free

Free

Various times
3 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019
Various times | 3 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019
Art
Learn how to make film with your smartphone on a short course with Skin Deep and Blackcurrent
Learn how to make film with your smartphone on a short course with Skin Deep and Blackcurrent
3:00 pm
Sun 03 Mar 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 03 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy iconic film scores from the Hollywood heavyweight
Enjoy iconic film scores from the Hollywood heavyweight
7:00 pm
Sun 03 Mar 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 03 Mar 2019
Classical music
Listen to masterful khayal and thumri Hindustani vocal lyricism from the celebrated singer
Listen to masterful khayal and thumri Hindustani vocal lyricism from the celebrated singer
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Mar 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Experience a musical odyssey, from Cossack Russia through to Django Reinhardt's 1930s Paris
Experience a musical odyssey, from Cossack Russia through to Django Reinhardt's 1930s Paris
6:30 pm
Mon 04 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Mon 04 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the voices of the next generation at a national competition and concert of talented young choristers
Hear the voices of the next generation at a national competition and concert of talented young...
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students

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7:30 pm
Tue 05 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enter the energetic worlds of Mozart and Mahler
Enter the energetic worlds of Mozart and Mahler
Paul Burston_Polari_image_credit_justin david
7:30 pm
Tue 05 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Mar 2019
Literature
Poetry
Step into spring with Polari, welcoming the return of Maureen Duffy to its beloved literary stage
Step into spring with Polari, welcoming the return of Maureen Duffy to its beloved literary stage
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer
7:30 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The world’s greatest living explorer in conversation with fellow adventurer Bear Grylls
The world’s greatest living explorer in conversation with fellow adventurer Bear Grylls
Christian Löffler, DJ
7:30 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Melancholy meets euphoria in the electronica producer’s fusion of vocals, quartet and electronics
Melancholy meets euphoria in the electronica producer’s fusion of vocals, quartet and electronics
Our Girl, music trio
7:45 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
Drawing of Women
8:00 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Literature
Poetry
Explore, experiment, celebrate difference and make noise with the all-women’s sound and performance collective
Explore, experiment, celebrate difference and make noise with the all-women’s sound and...
Various times
7 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 7 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
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
Illustration of Matt Forde riding a rollercoaster with political figures
Various times
7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
Various times | 7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Say a final hilarious farewell to the EU with Britain’s leading political comedian
Say a final hilarious farewell to the EU with Britain’s leading political comedian

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Gigs
Otherworldly music that blends hazy, textural ambience, poetic, bluesy songwriting and spoken word
Otherworldly music that blends hazy, textural ambience, poetic, bluesy songwriting and spoken word
Audience in the Royal Festival Hall
2:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
2:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Consider the state of the nation for women and girls - now
Consider the state of the nation for women and girls - now
Lady Sanity

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Gigs
Hard-hitting flows intertwine with grime, 1990s hip-hop and jazz influences - this MC’s one to watch
Hard-hitting flows intertwine with grime, 1990s hip-hop and jazz influences - this MC’s one to...
Influential women at the Women on the Move Awards

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Celebrate inspirational leadership from migrant and refugee women at the Women on the Move Awards
Celebrate inspirational leadership from migrant and refugee women at the Women on the Move Awards
Lizz Wright
7:30 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Smoothly does it at a performance by the American jazz and gospel singer with an inimitable voice
Smoothly does it at a performance by the American jazz and gospel singer with an inimitable voice
Jo Brand, comedian
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Literature
Writers
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
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Angela Davis, political activist, academic and author
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear from legendary activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis on International Women's Day at WOW
Hear from legendary activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis on International Women's Day at...
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Audience in the Royal Festival Hall
2:00 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
What does the future look like for girls and women?
What does the future look like for girls and women?
New Daughters of Africa
6:00 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
Dame Diana Rigg, actress
7:30 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Literature
Writers
From The Avengers’ Emma Peel to Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones - meet Diana Rigg
From The Avengers’ Emma Peel to Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones - meet Diana Rigg
The Slumflower, author
8:00 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Consider love, life and self-worth with award-winning blogger Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower
Consider love, life and self-worth with award-winning blogger Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower
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Naomi Klein, author, social activist, and filmmaker
8:00 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Renowned author Naomi Klein discusses the present political landscape with WOW founder Jude Kelly
Renowned author Naomi Klein discusses the present political landscape with WOW founder Jude Kelly
Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party
8:30 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
8:30 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Various times
10 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Various times | 10 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Sólstafir, rock band
7:30 pm
Sun 10 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 10 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The Icelandic post-metal masters perform heady compositions from throughout their career
The Icelandic post-metal masters perform heady compositions from throughout their career
7:30 pm
Mon 11 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 11 Mar 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart provide a musical take on well-known double acts
The BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart provide a musical take on well-known double acts
Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown
7:45 pm
Mon 11 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 11 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos

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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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