festival

Summer

12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019

Join us for a summer-long party by the Thames, celebrating LGBTQI+ artists and performers in a packed programme of events.

Our outdoor stage explodes with DJs, performances, film screenings and live music as we host takeovers from some of London’s most essential club and cabaret nights, including Siren, The Batty Mama and Disco Loco.

Enter a world filled with excess in Jean Paul Gaultier’s part revue, part catwalk, Fashion Freak Show, and catch fearless shows from pop star Peaches, drag star Ginger Johnson and electronic musician Planningtorock.

Plus, our new exhibition Kiss My Genders opens at Hayward Gallery, showcasing more than 30 international artists whose works redefine identity, beauty and the body.

Summer kicks off with our free QTIPOC Pride Party: Pxssy Palace x BBZ on Saturday 6 July, featuring performances and electrifying music to celebrate Pride until the early hours.

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Family fun

Bringing the kids? We have a jam-packed summer of family-friendly events including free activities

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Planningtorock, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 17 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 17 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival – it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical show
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival – it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical...
Various times
12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Various times | 12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
Batty Mama performer

Free

Free

Various times
11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
Various times | 11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
Aaron Porter, singer-songwriter

Free

Free

5:30 pm
19 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 19 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
Dance the night away at a showcase of the best in queer culture
Dance the night away at a showcase of the best in queer culture
U.Dance at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 20 Jul 2019
11:00 am | Sat 20 Jul 2019
family & young people
dance
The rising stars of South Asian dance battle it out for a spot in the Akademi showcase
The rising stars of South Asian dance battle it out for a spot in the Akademi showcase
Pxssy Palace

Free

Free

4:00 pm
20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
The Collective presents an electric and dynamic evening of music, art and performance
The Collective presents an electric and dynamic evening of music, art and performance
Navadal Showcase South Asian Youth Dancers
5:30 pm
Sat 20 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | Sat 20 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
U Dance: Pop Ups, breakdancing performer

Free

Free

Various times
20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Delight in dance as young dancers showcase their talents over two free afternoon performances
Delight in dance as young dancers showcase their talents over two free afternoon performances
U. Dance Showcase, youth dancers performing
Various times
20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
family & young people
dance
Witness the best young dance talent from across the UK perform in two explosive shows
Witness the best young dance talent from across the UK perform in two explosive shows
DJ and young dancers

Free

Free

Various times
14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
U Dance: Youth Dance Ceilidh, ceilidh dancers

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
family & young people
folk & world
Reel, jig and morris around our site at a day of free folk dancing workshops and performances
Reel, jig and morris around our site at a day of free folk dancing workshops and performances
U. Dance Young Creatives
2:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
Fashion Freak Show at Southbank Centre
Various times
23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
Various times | 23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Film still from Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 24 Jul 2019
9:15 pm | Wed 24 Jul 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical film
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical...
Honey Dijon, DJ and music producer
10:30 pm
25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
10:30 pm | 25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
DJ Honey Dijon plays an epic two-hour set to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders
DJ Honey Dijon plays an epic two-hour set to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss...
The LOL Word, illustrative image

Free

Free

5:30 pm
26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
 Bbz Takeover, people dancing in a club

Free

Free

4:00 pm
27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
Film still from Chicago (2002)

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Wed 31 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Wed 31 Jul 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Come on babe, why don't we paint the town at an outdoor screening of the showstopping musical film?
Come on babe, why don't we paint the town at an outdoor screening of the showstopping musical...
SIREN DJ Collective

Free

Free

Various times
1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
Various times | 1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Performers in front of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

5:30 pm
2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Coming to America (1988) film still

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
9:00 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Just let your soul glo with the royally good romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy
Just let your soul glo with the royally good romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy
SOPHIE, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 10 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 10 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Film still from Moulin Rouge (2001)

Free

Free

8:45 pm
Wed 14 Aug 2019
8:45 pm | Wed 14 Aug 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Spectacular spectacular! Fall in love with this enchanting musical film at an outdoor screening
Spectacular spectacular! Fall in love with this enchanting musical film at an outdoor screening
Men wearing Pride 87 t-shirts at Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
Tales of the Turntable at Southbank Centre
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Duckie, two performers on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
The Cocoa Butter Club, performer on the yellow staircase

Free

Free

4:00 pm
17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
comedy & cabaret
accessible events
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Film still from Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Free

Free

8:30 pm
Wed 21 Aug 2019
8:30 pm | Wed 21 Aug 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Let’s do the Time Warp again at an outdoor screening of the cult musical film
Let’s do the Time Warp again at an outdoor screening of the cult musical film
Gay Garage, people kissing in nightclub

Free

Free

5:30 pm
23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night

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Join us for some open-air classic cinema favourites at Southbank Centre this summer
It's set to get lively on our Riverside Terrace across July and August
Enjoy BBQ, burgers, refreshing juices, craft beer, cocktails and views over the Thames this summer
Spend your summer weekends enjoying free live performances on our outdoor stage

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