art & exhibitions

Southbank Centre Out and Proud

Part of Heritage & Archive

Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story to our archive.

There was a change of direction for Pride in London in 1985, when for three years our neighbouring Jubilee Gardens became the venue for what was billed as ‘the biggest non-stop festival of entertainment in celebration of Lesbian & Gay Pride in Europe’.

An album, found among the archive files of former Southbank Centre special events manager John Gill, reveals intriguing snapshots of the 1987 Lesbian and Gay Pride Carnival in the Gardens, including performances by Bronski Beat, Hazell Dean, Hope Augustus and the Beverley Sisters.

In this display, which features items from Southbank Centre and Bishopsgate Institute archives, we reflect on the progression and diversity of the London Pride event, as well as the enduring spirit of activism and celebration.

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7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
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where

Royal Festival Hall
Archive Studio, Level 2

Pricing

Free

need to know

Event information
Were you here for Pride 1985, 1987 or 1988? Add your story to our record of Prides past and present by filling in a postcard, available from the Welcome Desk, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, or submit your story online.
Find out more

Related events
In the year of #Pride50, alongside Hayward Gallery’s Kiss My Genders exhibition, Southbank Centre is hosting a summer-long party by the Thames that celebrates LGBTQI+ artists and performers, and features takeovers from club and cabaret nights including Pxssy Palace, BBZ, Drag Syndrome and The Batty Mama.
Find out more