Due to this weekend’s hot weather, the alien life drawing is now taking place on The Clore Ballroom Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, 2.30pm – 5pm. The DJ sets and performances remain outside, from 6.30pm until late.

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    Brownton Abbey: Outta Space

    Sat 13 Aug, 2.30pm
    Riverside Terrace, Level 2
    Accessible events
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    For the second day of the Afrofuturist space church’s takeover there’s alien life drawing in the afternoon and a transcendental mash-up of performance and party.

    2.30pm – 5pm: Drop-in alien life drawing led by Our Naked Truths.

    6.30pm – 10pm: Music and performance with Lady Shaka and Mwen on the decks and live performances from B2B, Ebony Rose Dark, Xana and Lasana Shabazz.

    Brownton Abbey is a performance party that centres celebrates and elevates disabled queer people of colour.

    Brownton Abbey is taking over our Riverside Stage for an entire weekend in a series of events curated by Tarik Elmoutawakil (Marlborough Productions) and Rob Jones.

    The weekend is part of Summer: In The Black Fantastic, a season of work inspired by the Hayward Gallery's exhibition of the same name.

    Curated by Ekow Eshun, it is the UK’s first major exhibition dedicated to the work of Black artists who use fantastical elements to address racial injustice and explore alternative realities.

    This event is commissioned by Unlimited. Brownton Abbey is a Marlborough Productions project. The creative producer is Rob Jones and the lead artist is Tarik Elmoutawakil.

    Need to know

    Contains content of an adult nature after 9pm.

    Due to this weekend’s hot weather, the alien life drawing is now taking place on The Clore Ballroom Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, 2.30pm – 5pm.

    The DJ sets and performances remain outside, from 6.30pm until late.

    The life drawing and live performances at this event are British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

    You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
    Find out more about our Access Scheme

    Dates & times

    Sat 13 Aug, 2.30pm – 10.30pm


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