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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical music venue located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms), Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

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HM  Young  Offenders  Institution  Cookham  Wood,  acrylic  on  canvas

Free

Free

Various times
until 4 Nov 2018
Various times | until 4 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Art by ex-offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Art by ex-offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Visitor inspecting documents in the archive

Free

Free

Various times
27 Sep 2018 - 13 Jun 2019
Various times | 27 Sep 2018 - 13 Jun 2019
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
8:00 pm
Fri 21 Sep 2018
8:00 pm | Fri 21 Sep 2018
Gigs
Hear the haunting, evocative vocals of the California singer in this show
Hear the haunting, evocative vocals of the California singer in this show
12:00 pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 22 Sep 2018
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 - 18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 - 18
Various times
until 29 Sep 2018
Various times | until 29 Sep 2018
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
7:30 pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 22 Sep 2018
Classical music
The London Concert Orchestra performs your favourite sci-fi film scores live
The London Concert Orchestra performs your favourite sci-fi film scores live
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 13 Dec 2018
Various times | until 13 Dec 2018
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
There’s a special dynamic when a composer conducts – as if their music is being created afresh
There’s a special dynamic when a composer conducts – as if their music is being created afresh
Philharmonia Orchestra: VR Sound Stage

Free

Free

Various times
27 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Various times | 27 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Classical music
Take the best seat in the house in our virtual reality experience with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Take the best seat in the house in our virtual reality experience with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
3:00 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season
Various times
until 28 Sep 2018
Various times | until 28 Sep 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 29 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 29 Sep 2018
Classical music
Choral
Gustav Mahler’s last word was ‘Mozart’, but he’d already said his farewells in music
Gustav Mahler’s last word was ‘Mozart’, but he’d already said his farewells in music
Various times
until 28 Oct 2018
Various times | until 28 Oct 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
HSKUL 20160913 Esa-Pekka Salonen harjoituttaa Kevätuhria . Kuva Mika Ranta / HS

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7:30 pm
Sun 30 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 30 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner, Schoenberg and Bruckner at their most heartfelt
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner, Schoenberg and Bruckner at their most heartfelt
Five participants of the Cloud Video Installation

Free

Free

Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Model wearing costume in the clouds

Free

Free

Various times
2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
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
Adult group playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Oct 2018
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
LIli, art installation

Free

Free

Various times
2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Meet a visitor from a future without humans: Lili, an art installation by designer Tim Yip
Meet a visitor from a future without humans: Lili, an art installation by designer Tim Yip
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 16 Jul 2019
Various times | until 16 Jul 2019
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Adults playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Wed 03 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 03 Oct 2018
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
7:30 pm
Wed 03 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 03 Oct 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Be swept away as the disco diva performs her hits backed by a full live orchestra for the first time
Be swept away as the disco diva performs her hits backed by a full live orchestra for the first time
Group of people playing Gamelan
6:00 pm
Thu 04 Oct 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 04 Oct 2018
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
7:30 pm
Thu 04 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Oct 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The former Genesis lead guitarist returns to an orchestral format with his electric band
The former Genesis lead guitarist returns to an orchestral format with his electric band
Group of people playing Gamelan
8:00 pm
Thu 04 Oct 2018
8:00 pm | Thu 04 Oct 2018
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018
12:30 pm | Fri 05 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Talks & Topics
Hear elegant words from students of Mandarin at a poetry reading
Hear elegant words from students of Mandarin at a poetry reading
Performer playing the guqin on-stage

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Oct 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Sounds different? You're listening to the world's first compositions combining guqin and piano
Sounds different? You're listening to the world's first compositions combining guqin and...
Music producer Lu Sisi, performing on stage

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Come on an audio-visual journey across the UK from the perspective of Chinese artist North of X
Come on an audio-visual journey across the UK from the perspective of Chinese artist North of X
Jo Fong, director, choreographer and performer

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
What is community? Pull up a chair for a table discussion on ways of belonging with artist Jo Fong
What is community? Pull up a chair for a table discussion on ways of belonging with artist Jo Fong
7:30 pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 05 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The renowned Welsh opera singer performs his favourite arias and popular songs
The renowned Welsh opera singer performs his favourite arias and popular songs
Dust Carpet by Ya-chu Kang

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 06 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Art
Get your hands dirty at a live, large-scale art intervention with artist Ya-chu Kang
Get your hands dirty at a live, large-scale art intervention with artist Ya-chu Kang
Tree Mantra by Charwei Tsai

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 06 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Art
Witness a live art intervention bringing together art, nature and the spiritual
Witness a live art intervention bringing together art, nature and the spiritual
12:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Classical music
Tackle Mahler’s symphonies in this study day
Tackle Mahler’s symphonies in this study day

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Art
Is having breakfast a habit? If you're a dancer, what about dancing?
Is having breakfast a habit? If you're a dancer, what about dancing?

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Art
Put pen to paper in a workshop on the ancient art of calligraphy
Put pen to paper in a workshop on the ancient art of calligraphy
Ways of Being Together, participants at workshop

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Move as a body in a playful dance workshop that investigates the idea of belonging
Move as a body in a playful dance workshop that investigates the idea of belonging
Various times
6 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
Various times | 6 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
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
Dance workshop participants

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
3:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Write with your body at a contemporary dance workshop inspired by calligraphy
Write with your body at a contemporary dance workshop inspired by calligraphy
Art and the Practice of Sustainability, audience members at talk

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
4:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Art to live by: hear artists Charwei Tsai and Ya-chu Kang discuss how their works engage with nature
Art to live by: hear artists Charwei Tsai and Ya-chu Kang discuss how their works engage with nature
Dancer Si Rawlinson

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 06 Oct 2018
Various times | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Be drawn into a world of ink and movement in a performance piece inspired by Chinese calligraphy
Be drawn into a world of ink and movement in a performance piece inspired by Chinese calligraphy

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The Greek myths are as ancient as the art of music itself – and every bit as powerful
The Greek myths are as ancient as the art of music itself – and every bit as powerful
Emilie Wang, of Guildhall School of Music and Drama
11:30 am
Sun 07 Oct 2018
11:30 am | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Start your Sunday with a look at the headlines as we share today’s news of China
Start your Sunday with a look at the headlines as we share today’s news of China
Leta Hong Fincher, journalist
12:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Journalist Leta Hong Fincher charts the rise of the current feminist movement in China
Journalist Leta Hong Fincher charts the rise of the current feminist movement in China
The Sea, performance
Various times
Sun 07 Oct 2018
Various times | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Children are invited to dive in to the tale of a small fish in a big sea, told through enchanting puppetry
Children are invited to dive in to the tale of a small fish in a big sea, told through enchanting...
Black and white illustration from The Legend of the Condor Heroes
1:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
1:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get stuck into the work of Jin Yong, ‘the Chinese JRR Tolkien’, in this panel
Get stuck into the work of Jin Yong, ‘the Chinese JRR Tolkien’, in this panel
Cloud Family Workshops, model

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Art
Learn more about upcycling to create new fashion in events inspired by Tim Yip's eco-friendly design
Learn more about upcycling to create new fashion in events inspired by Tim Yip's eco-friendly...
Can China Take the Lead on Climate Change?, speaker
3:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
As America withdraws from the Paris Agreement, all eyes are on China when it comes to climate change
As America withdraws from the Paris Agreement, all eyes are on China when it comes to climate change
Green Rock River Band

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Witness a dialogue between pianist and dancer, echoed by filmic images of their own movements
Witness a dialogue between pianist and dancer, echoed by filmic images of their own movements
Catwalk Workshop, model

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
4:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Prepare to sashay your way around Southbank Centre with a catwalk and voguing workshop
Prepare to sashay your way around Southbank Centre with a catwalk and voguing workshop
4:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
4:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
What can Chinese sci-fi novels tell us about the country's anxieties and fantasies?
What can Chinese sci-fi novels tell us about the country's anxieties and fantasies?
Two Colour Walk participants

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
4:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Wear the rainbow at a catwalk show celebrating everything colourful
Wear the rainbow at a catwalk show celebrating everything colourful
The Empress and Me, Princess Der Ling
5:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
This one-woman show introduces Princess Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi
This one-woman show introduces Princess Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi
Cloud Show, model

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
6:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Art
Academy Award winning designer Tim Yip presents 30 spectacular costumes inspired by global diversity
Academy Award winning designer Tim Yip presents 30 spectacular costumes inspired by global diversity
Various times
8 Oct 2018 - 1 Jul 2019
Various times | 8 Oct 2018 - 1 Jul 2019
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Andris Nelsons, conductor
7:30 pm
Mon 08 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 08 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons marks his first UK concert as Gewandhauskapellmeister with Mahler's powerful Symphony No.5
Andris Nelsons marks his first UK concert as Gewandhauskapellmeister with Mahler's powerful...
Andris Nelsons, conductor
7:30 pm
Tue 09 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 09 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The world's oldest civic orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No.1 with their new Kapellmeister
The world's oldest civic orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No.1 with their new...

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 10 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 10 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Exiled from his beloved Hungary, Bartók was lonely, impoverished and critically ill. His response?
Exiled from his beloved Hungary, Bartók was lonely, impoverished and critically ill. His...
Schhool girls and mentors on the London Eye for International Day of the Girl
7:30 am
Thu 11 Oct 2018
7:30 am | Thu 11 Oct 2018
Dive into a day of inspiring and empowering workshops and activities for girls aged 13 - 18
Dive into a day of inspiring and empowering workshops and activities for girls aged 13 - 18
Paul Weller, singer-songwriter
Various times
11 Oct 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
Various times | 11 Oct 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Be in the presence of the Modfather at two concerts showcasing his new album and career classics
Be in the presence of the Modfather at two concerts showcasing his new album and career classics

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Fri 12 Oct 2018
4:30 pm | Fri 12 Oct 2018
Art
Teachers are invited to a free evening exploring our new Hayward Gallery exhibition
Teachers are invited to a free evening exploring our new Hayward Gallery exhibition
Various times
13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
Various times | 13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Gondrong Gunarto, image credit Andrew Catlin
3:00 pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sat 13 Oct 2018
Boost your gamelan skills with expert guidance at an insight-filled workshop
Boost your gamelan skills with expert guidance at an insight-filled workshop
Pascal Dusapin In Conversation

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018
3:30 pm | Sat 13 Oct 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Composer Pascal Dusapin talks about his dance-opera ahead of tonight’s performance
Composer Pascal Dusapin talks about his dance-opera ahead of tonight’s performance

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7:30 pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 13 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
There’s nothing – repeat, nothing – sacred about Carl Orff’s outrageous choral showstopper
There’s nothing – repeat, nothing – sacred about Carl Orff’s outrageous choral showstopper

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12:00 pm
Sun 14 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 14 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Take your seat for Julia Donaldson's The Highway Rat, screened with live music from the LPO
Take your seat for Julia Donaldson's The Highway Rat, screened with live music from the LPO
7:30 pm
Sun 14 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 14 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Meet the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation
Meet the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation
7:30 pm
Wed 17 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Oct 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Legendary chanson singer Nana Mouskouri returns to London for a special show
Legendary chanson singer Nana Mouskouri returns to London for a special show
Women and girls at AIG design Hackathon workshop

Free

Free

9:30 am
Thu 18 Oct 2018
9:30 am | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Future inventors wanted at a hands-on design hackathon for girls, with STEM and design professionals
Future inventors wanted at a hands-on design hackathon for girls, with STEM and design professionals
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
18 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
Various times | 18 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
Enjoy a fun session with your little ones led by storytellers as part of London Literature Festival
Enjoy a fun session with your little ones led by storytellers as part of London Literature Festival
Image of The Royal Festival Hall Organ
Various times
18 Oct 2018 - 13 Nov 2018
Various times | 18 Oct 2018 - 13 Nov 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
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
An Evening with Roger Daltrey
7:30 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Literature
Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from Roger Daltrey as he publishes his memoir
Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from Roger Daltrey as he publishes his memoir
In Search of a Better Life: Esi Edugyan & Aida Edemariam

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7:45 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Literature
Go on a voyage of discovery with characters who are looking for a better life
Go on a voyage of discovery with characters who are looking for a better life
Bridget Minamore, poet and journalist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Imagine the future of literature at a talk with Bridget Minamore on dystopian short fiction
Imagine the future of literature at a talk with Bridget Minamore on dystopian short fiction

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
There’s good reason why Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the world’s favourite classics
There’s good reason why Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the world’s favourite...
E Lockhart, writer
11:00 am
Sat 20 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Hit the right notes with tools for finding your authorial voice at a workshop led by E Lockhart
Hit the right notes with tools for finding your authorial voice at a workshop led by E Lockhart
Madeline Miller Masterclass on Rewriting Myth
2:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Breathe new life into mythic characters at a writing masterclass led by Madeline Miller
Breathe new life into mythic characters at a writing masterclass led by Madeline Miller
Michael Hughes, author

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2:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
How do myths shape our masculinity?
How do myths shape our masculinity?

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9 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
The world's oldest civic orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No.1 with their new Kapellmeister
19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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Food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members Bar, located on Level 6 with panoramic views over the river, is open to Southbank Centre Members. If you fancy some alfresco dining, the Riverside Cafe is located on Level 2.

Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river.

There 's something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

visitor info

Planning a visit to our iconic Royal Festival Hall? Here’s some useful information.

opening times

Royal Festival Hall is open 10am - 11pm every day*.

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the start time of an event.

Entry to our foyers is free although sometimes it is restricted to provide space for audiences as they arrive for performances - please look out for signs and listen to announcements.

*Occasionally Royal Festival Hall is closed to the public due to private hire. We publicise these times across the site and online, so please check before visiting.

 

facilities & access

At Southbank Centre we welcome everyone and want our site to be available to all. We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible.

access information

 

tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more on the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

 

getting here and around

Southbank Centre is easily accessible by public transport on road, rail and even river. Find information on the best ways to get to us on the link below.

how to get here

 

food & drink

You certainly won’t go hungry at Southbank Centre. Find out more about the wide range of food and drink options available here on site on the link below

cafes, restaurants and bars

while you're here

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