London Wonderground

The playground for the people returned for a fifth year in 2016. It featured the best in cabaret, circus, comedy, music and kids' shows to delight and amaze, all taking place in a dazzling 1920s-style Spiegeltent. 

Indoor and outdoor bars, delicious bites to eat, a bandstand, fairground rides and sideshows at London Wonderground  topped off this summer sizzler.

Find out what's on now at Southbank Centre

Headlining London Wonderground in 2016 was Cirque Alfonse’s Barbu, following their hit Southbank Centre production of Timber. Daring, daft and sexy as hell, this is cabaret as you’ve never seen it before.

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Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:00
Contemporary Dance
Find out about the dance craze that has over 100 million people in China hooked
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:54
Contemporary Classical
Listen to our Spotify playlist introducing the works of the 20th century composers
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:17
Spoken word & Live literature
Find out which Nobel Laureates have graced us with their presence
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:44
Celebrate the city with us this Bank Holiday at our annual Urban festival
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:42
Gender Politics & Equality
Introducing some of the figures who’ll be helping us try to identify what makes a man
Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:00
See all-female hip-hop dance collective Myself UK in action
Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:36
The eclectic label, feted by music-lovers, celebrates its tenth anniversary
Mon, 08/07/2017 - 18:03
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre
Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:18
Gender Politics & Equality
Global Culture & Ethnicity
From puppetry to political discussion, get the most out of October’s festival of contemporary Chinese culture.
Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:48
Listen to the writer reflect on fiction, friendship and capturing a changing world on the page
Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:58
Spoken word & Live literature
Read more about the celebrated poet and novelist
Tue, 08/01/2017 - 15:48
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Try real Icelandic food at SCFood Market this summer
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:35
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:16
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:22
Contemporary Dance
Find out about three stunning performance pieces coming to Royal Festival Hall this August
Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:41
Take a look at how refurbishments in our brutalist venues are progressing
Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:00
Introducing some great places to grab a drink or a bite to eat by Southbank Centre
Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:38
See our list of traditional and much-loved children's reading from the Nordic countries.
Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:04
The self-proclaimed Masterchef losers preview their Southbank Centre supper club
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:59
What does it mean to be an African man in the diaspora?
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:14
What chance do African nations have of thriving in the new global and political landscape?
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:05
How do feminists in Africa and the diaspora envision the continent’s future?
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:51
Folk & World
Enjoy a look back at some amazing moments from this year's festival.
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:21
How are African nations defining their place in political landscape being shaped by Brexit and Trump
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:05
Hear from young Africans who are leading the way in everything from tech to fashion and activism
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:56
Tom Illube, tech entrepreneur on how technology is rapidly reshaping culture and society in Africa
Mon, 07/17/2017 - 00:00
Scandinavia’s leading performance circus bring their latest show Limits, to Southbank Centre.
Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:10
Discover a great range of free activities and events for families, this summer
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:25
Discover some amazing African recipes from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017
Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:59
Global Culture & Ethnicity
All you need to know about Southbank Centre’s annual festival of contemporary African culture
Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:20
Discover the stories and the secrets of six stallholders from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017.
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 14:30
Physical Theatre & Mime
The celebrated writer and performer discusses the roots of his new work, Prurience
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:56
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:55
Contemporary Classical
Take a look back at the highlights of a packed weekend of contemporary classical music
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 16:07
Spoken word & Live literature
Artists & Thinkers
Listen to the iconic fashion designer ahead of her return to Southbank Centre
Thu, 07/06/2017 - 00:00
Watch our short video trailer for a summer of fun at Southbank Centre
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:59
From free live music to drinks on the terrace and our beautiful rooftop garden
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:25
Award-winning, author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast
Tue, 07/04/2017 - 18:04
Read the remarkable story of Peter Laszlo Peri’s ‘lost’ sculpture.
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 06:00
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:18
How do you explain a ‘multi-sensory encounter of shifting sound and light’?
Thu, 06/29/2017 - 16:29
Relive the night The Outlook Orchestra blew the Royal Festival Hall audience away
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:33
Spoken word & Live literature
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:00
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.
Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:00
Emily Peasgood discusses her background, and looks at her past and future works.
Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:00
Introducing Europe's first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:57
See exclusive behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s Meltdown performance
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:33
Nature & Environment
Pluto, one of our volunteer gardeners, tells us what Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden means to him.
Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:26
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:51
Take a look back at the most memorable moments from M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:30
Children & Young people
Find out about the joint campaign launched by Southbank Centre and Long Live Southbank
Sat, 06/17/2017 - 17:10
Reviews, tweets and more from midweek at M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:09
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Mohamed Sarrar, of Borderline, shares his experience of escaping Sudan as a refugee.
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:23
The electronic artist and composer on the inspiration for Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:47
Take a look at some of the best Instagram photos taken at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:44
Nature & Environment
See how our brutalist arts venues are changing
Tue, 06/13/2017 - 19:16
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:21
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Read the story of comedy performer Enayatullah Jalalzai who, age 16, escaped Afghanistan as a refugee
Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:05
See how M.I.A.’s Meltdown got underway with an epic opening weekend of live music and more
Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:39
Musicians, writers and journalists tell us who they're looking forward to seeing at Meltdown



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