Summer: In the Black Fantastic

29 Jun – 18 Sep 2022

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A summer packed with live music, talks, performance, comedy and visual arts

Dive into contemporary Black art and culture with our summer season, taking inspiration from the themes of the Hayward Gallery exhibition In the Black Fantastic.

At the centre of our summer comes the In the Black Fantastic Weekender, three days of live music, poetry, film and talks that explore myth, science fiction, spirituality and Afrofuturism.

Throughout the season, join us for free DJ takeovers, live music, dance and performance on the Riverside Terrace, with artists exploring how fantasy can be a gateway to Black creative and cultural liberation. 

You can also take in free open-air artworks around the site, plus thrilling themed events in our venues, including Ellah P Wakatama x Space Afrika x Alistair MacKinnon, Writing in the Black Fantastic and Jazz Legends.

We would like to thank the Board of Governors of the Southbank Centre for their significant financial support, time and effort in realising the site-wide Summer: In the Black Fantastic programme.