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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.

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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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Why are conductors are so drawn to the music of Gustav Mahler? Find out in this short video interview
Talks, discussions and performances you won't want to miss
Looking for a laugh? Join us at Southbank Centre this spring for some huge names in stand-up comedy
The legendary Finnish composer and conductor reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time
The Director of Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, offers an Insight into the great German photographer and his work
Listen to up-and-coming conductors on the art of baton waving and more
Ahead of the 2018 Brit Awards we take a look at some of the past winners who have also graced our iconic venues
See the greatest actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood in a screening accompanied by live orchestra.
Discover great characters from children's books who don’t conform to the norm
Our Chief Executive selects the tracks she's listening to right now for our new Spotify playlist
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Discover the performances that will get you giggling at our brilliant children's festival
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
The Cure’s Robert Smith is named as the curator for 2018’s Meltdown in its silver jubilee year
Find out about this great of the 20th century
Your weekly hit of fresh music from across the contemporary landscape.
Visual artist Sam Winston questions how we see darkness in this video about his installation
The National Poetry Library is asking poets and instagrammers alike to share their poetry.
Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
See how the return of Hayward Gallery, and its opening Gursky exhibition, went down with art lovers, instagrammers, critics and press.
A big year of live music begins with performances from Joan As Policewoman, Yo La Tengo, Hannah Peel, David Rodigan and more
The celebrated pianist discusses his performance of the notably challenging works
Find out more about one of Andreas Gursky’s early photographs
Find out more about Salerno I (1990) – a pivotal image for the artist
Find out more about May Day IV (2000, remastered 2014), one of Gursky’s monumental crowd scenes
In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at how even the darkest of subjects can inspire great musical works.
The composer accidentally invented rock’n’roll you know
After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
After 12 years at the helm, Jude moves on to focus on the development of WOW - Women of the World
A century on from British women winning the right to vote, we celebrate those who continue to make great strides made in gender equality
See our iconic auditorium as you never have before, through this incredible footage.
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the works of Igor Stravinsky, from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marina Frivola-Walker looks at the composers who shaped the musical landscape of the Soviet Union’s formative years.
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Take our interactive quiz to see which of the Swedish group’s hits matches your personality
Who are the faces inside our wooden chalets?
Discover the celebrated clown Slava Polunin in this in-depth interview
Relive the year ABBA hit the UK, with our interactive timeline
Get in someone's good books by opening the door to a year of arts, culture and events
We help you with those difficult-to-buy-for people
Read an interview with the artist and sculptor on his current Hayward Gallery roof commission
Watch a trailer for the return of this festive favourite
Events for children with sight or hearing impairments and more
Party like it’s 11.59pm with our fantastic New Year’s Eve Spotify playlist
Festive fun that won't hurt your finances
Listen to an in depth talk with Alan Hollinghurst as he discusses his latest novel
Enjoy a series of podcasts featuring star speakers from the 2017 edition of Being A Man festival
A short video of key moments and messages from the fourth edition of the festival
Listen to this Spotify playlist of eight classical pieces to get you in a festive mood
Watch highlights from the comedian’s entertaining appearance at Being A Man festival
An exclusive podcast from the comedian’s frank and funny conversation at Being A Man festival
The clown behind Slava’s Snowshow answers our quick questions
A fascinating interview with the man who went from child soldier to award-winning actor
Listen to specially curated BAM playlists from a Sami rapper and an expert on Grime.
The musician and author will narrate our immersive exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers
Join us to immerse yourselves in all things Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid.
Find your way into the 2017 festival by taking our fun quiz
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Author Jeffrey Boayke looks at the musical genre's impact on male identity.
Get help choosing your BAM festival events
Get warm and cozy with festive food and drink, and a sauna, at Southbank Centre
Get a glimpse into the world of the the author’s many literary characters and creations
See the composer discuss the challenges of conducting Mahler's final work
Get to know the German composer’s important work, with this guide
See how to get the most out of this year's festival
Get set for another hard-hitting fusion of classical and contemporary music
Your best photos and tweets from this year's events
See our pick of fun times for children, and their grownups
Watch pianist Steven Osborne and clarinettist Jean Johnson, describe this remarkable chamber orchestra piece
Enjoy some of the highlights of this year’s festival, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Hanks
How concern over the acceptance of surveillance culture drove the creation of Proto-type Theater’s A Machine they’re Secretly Building
Watch a series of short videos with the up and coming Icelandic musician
Hear the DJ and visual artist in a candid discussion about his life and work
Take a look behind the scenes as our on-site renovation work nears completion
Enjoy an exclusive podcast, featuring readings and discussion on the life of the great politician, from a host of big names.
Discover the works of the much feted Nigerian-American writer and photographer
Hear the author discuss his latest work, La Belle Sauvage, in this exclusive podcast

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