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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Queer Tango dancers on the rooftop of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

4:00 pm
25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
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
art & exhibitions
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
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
Guernica Remakings at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
26 Jul 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
Various times | 26 Jul 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Picasso's anti-war masterpiece is seen anew in a multimedia exhibition curated by Nicola Ashmore
Picasso's anti-war masterpiece is seen anew in a multimedia exhibition curated by Nicola...
Southbank Centre Food Market.Stall 8- Horn OK Please.August 2016

Free

Free

Various times
5 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 2019
Various times | 5 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 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...
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & theatre
family & young people
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for...
Tales of the Turntable at Southbank Centre
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & dance
dance
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
DJ and young dancers

Free

Free

Various times
14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Thabiso Sekgala, Tiger, 2012. Inkjet fibra print, 70x70cm. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery.

Free

Free

Various times
28 Aug 2019 - 6 Oct 2019
Various times | 28 Aug 2019 - 6 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
28 AUG – 6 OCT: A free HENI Project Space exhibition exploring home, intimacy, place and belonging in the work of late photographer Thabiso Sekgala
28 AUG – 6 OCT: A free HENI Project Space exhibition exploring home, intimacy, place and...
Peaches, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 28 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 28 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Brainchild Festival

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 29 Aug 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 29 Aug 2019
talks & debates
Break the taboo around death, reframe grief and unearth new rituals with discussion and performance
Break the taboo around death, reframe grief and unearth new rituals with discussion and performance
Derrick May
7:30 pm
Thu 29 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering works
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering...
Nick Offerman, actor, writer, comedian and carpenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Etgar Keret, writer
7:15 pm
Tue 03 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 03 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Hear from renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret as he presents a new collection, Fly Already
Hear from renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret as he presents a new collection, Fly Already
A Homage to Razz at Southbank Centre
8:00 pm
Wed 04 Sep 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 04 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Celebrate the life of poet and musician Razz in an evening of readings and tribute
Celebrate the life of poet and musician Razz in an evening of readings and tribute
Richard Ayoade, actor, comedian, writer and director
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam...
Alice Leggett, saxophonist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's quartet
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's...
Figure A Sea, dance performance
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
performance & dance
dance
Radical choreographer Deborah Hay’s latest meditative dance work, set to music by Laurie Anderson
Radical choreographer Deborah Hay’s latest meditative dance work, set to music by Laurie Anderson
Ann Liebeck with musicians
7:45 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
classical music
gigs
A seductive introduction to the sultriest music of the early 20th century
A seductive introduction to the sultriest music of the early 20th century
Bedouine, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 07 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 07 Sep 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Another chance to hear the magnetic voice and SoCal canyon folk sound of the singer-songwriter
Another chance to hear the magnetic voice and SoCal canyon folk sound of the singer-songwriter
Malorie Blackman, writer
2:00 pm
Sun 08 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 08 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The wait is over for the next novel in the groundbreaking young adult fiction series Noughts & Crosses
The wait is over for the next novel in the groundbreaking young adult fiction series Noughts &...
Sara Pascoe, comedian
7:30 pm
Sun 08 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 08 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Assess what really matters to humans at this talk with the award-winning comedian and author
Assess what really matters to humans at this talk with the award-winning comedian and author
Ancient Roots New Leaves
7:45 pm
Sun 08 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 08 Sep 2019
classical music
Preserving the ancient tradition of classical Persian music, Maestro Dariush Talai performs with young virtuosos
Preserving the ancient tradition of classical Persian music, Maestro Dariush Talai performs with...
Nathan Filer, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 09 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 09 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear from two award-winning writers as they challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care
Hear from two award-winning writers as they challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care
Atom String Quartet
7:00 pm
Tue 10 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 10 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
An improvisatory string quartet opens up the hidden region between classical and jazz
An improvisatory string quartet opens up the hidden region between classical and jazz
Empirical quartet
7:00 pm
Wed 11 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 11 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Find out what happens when rehearsal meets jam with a jazz/classical collaboration
Find out what happens when rehearsal meets jam with a jazz/classical collaboration
String Ting at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 12 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 12 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The strings are the thing as charismatic young trio StringTing perform jazz standards
The strings are the thing as charismatic young trio StringTing perform jazz standards
7:00 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
The true story of Cornelius Walker, for whom everything changed when Damilola Taylor was killed
The true story of Cornelius Walker, for whom everything changed when Damilola Taylor was killed
A building with a sign 'Welcome to the New Africa Shrine'
7:00 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
gigs
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Taking us from Lagos to London, the writer tells the story of her life through narrative, music and dance
Taking us from Lagos to London, the writer tells the story of her life through narrative, music and...
Jay Mitta
10:00 pm
13 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
10:00 pm | 13 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
gigs
An Africa Utopia edition of our club night, showcasing DJs and electronic artists from the African continent
An Africa Utopia edition of our club night, showcasing DJs and electronic artists from the African...
 Illustration of Morning Cartoons: Bino and Fino

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Settle in for a morning cartoon with the brother and sister duo as they explore their African city
Settle in for a morning cartoon with the brother and sister duo as they explore their African city

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance group
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance...
Young Women Reading

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
What’s Black British life been like across the generations?
What’s Black British life been like across the generations?
Osi Umenyiora, American football defensive end
1:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
Africa Utopia Member's Salon

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Turn the pages of timeless and undiscovered works of African literature
Turn the pages of timeless and undiscovered works of African literature
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
 Jay Jay Revlon

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Akala, rapper and activist
2:45 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:45 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
Africa Utopia Fashion Catwalk at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
3:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African aesthetic
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African...
Black is Beautiful with Mata
4:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
The 20-year-old make-up artist shaking up the industry shares her tips, tricks and story
The 20-year-old make-up artist shaking up the industry shares her tips, tricks and story
A woman in glitter on the side of her face
4:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
What is the experience of Black men in Britain? Black British poets present a night of poetry and music
What is the experience of Black men in Britain? Black British poets present a night of poetry and...
Beauty: It's a Shady Business
6:15 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
6:15 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Beauty: from self-expression and the performance of identity, to purely the skin deep
Beauty: from self-expression and the performance of identity, to purely the skin deep
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
Letters Live at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
12:30 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
An open conversation on how we identify as African and what our labels mean
An open conversation on how we identify as African and what our labels mean
Simon Frederick, actor
1:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
Nina Reece
2:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
family & young people
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Celestina Diamond

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
Raise your voice in song at a mass participatory performance of gospel, soul and R&B
Raise your voice in song at a mass participatory performance of gospel, soul and R&B
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall
3:30 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Yes, there are roles outside rap for black men in the music industry - our panel explores
Yes, there are roles outside rap for black men in the music industry - our panel explores
The Music That Made Us
4:30 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
How does the music made by black artists explore the breadth of blackness?
How does the music made by black artists explore the breadth of blackness?
Afroqueens Dancers

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
family & young people
Move to the polyrhythms of Afrobeat at a free session with the all-female dance collective
Move to the polyrhythms of Afrobeat at a free session with the all-female dance collective
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall
6:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
Be educated, be motivated and be moved by the stories behind the campaign that is challenging stereotypes
Be educated, be motivated and be moved by the stories behind the campaign that is challenging...
The Laughing Leopard
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
julianknxx, poet
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
The poet hosts an evening of talks, poetry and music exploring questions of diasporan identity
The poet hosts an evening of talks, poetry and music exploring questions of diasporan identity
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
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
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
Still from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
Another Me at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Wed 18 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Wed 18 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
The Koestler Awards exhibition of art created within the criminal justice system opens in a gala event
The Koestler Awards exhibition of art created within the criminal justice system opens in a gala...
The Test, HMO Greenock Koestler exhibiton

Free

Free

Various times
19 Sep 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Various times | 19 Sep 2019 - 10 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...
Philippa Perry
7:30 pm
Thu 19 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
How much does our own upbringing affect our parenting?
How much does our own upbringing affect our parenting?
The Auditorium at the Royal Festival Hall
6:00 pm
Fri 20 Sep 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 20 Sep 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
Michel Legrand, jazz musician and composer
7:30 pm
Fri 20 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 20 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie...
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
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Channel your inner poet at this monthly poetry masterclass
Channel your inner poet at this monthly poetry masterclass
The Great Escape at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in full
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in...

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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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