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Sisters Uncut set off rainbow-coloured smoke in solidarity with LGBTQ+ migrants during a demonstration in support of detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul Clinton
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul...
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
WordStrides: The Honours on stage
8:00 pm
Sat 20 Jul 2019
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

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
Jean-Paul Gaultier, fashion designer
6:00 pm
Tue 23 Jul 2019
6:00 pm | Tue 23 Jul 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of fashion
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of...
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
 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
Illustration of Trevor Horn, musician and songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 28 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
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

Free

Free

4:00 pm
3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
These are the good times: sing and two-step into the night to some of Nile Rodgers' greatest tunes
These are the good times: sing and two-step into the night to some of Nile Rodgers' greatest...
Nile Rodgers on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 03 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for Meltdown
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for...
Sold out

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco classics
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco...
Drunk by Thundercat album cover
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
 Jungle, band
7:30 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
Anitta, Brazilian singer
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
Stranger Things logo
7:30 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed...
Johnny Marr, musician
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers...
Audience on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:00 pm
9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
3:00 pm | 9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
gigs
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT School students
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT...
7:30 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's greatest hits
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's...
Despacio is Happiness
Various times
9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Various times | 9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in sound
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in...

Free

Free

4:00 pm
10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
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
Dancing on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south London and beyond
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south...
Songhoy Blues, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
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?
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
Francois Chaignaud, dancer
Various times
Thu 22 Aug 2019
Various times | Thu 22 Aug 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
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
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & theatre
family & young people
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for...
Twat Boutique, people dancing in a nightclub

Free

Free

4:00 pm
24 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 24 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The era-defining club night is back for a free one-night-only summer special. Because you need it
The era-defining club night is back for a free one-night-only summer special. Because you need it
Queer Tango dancers on the rooftop of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

4:00 pm
25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
Peaches, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 28 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 28 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Derrick May
7:30 pm
Thu 29 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering works
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering...
Nick Offerman, actor, writer, comedian and carpenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Richard Ayoade, actor, comedian, writer and director
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam...
Alice Leggett, saxophonist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's quartet
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's...
John Prine, American singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
folk & world
More American than apple pie: take a trip across the States with the country-folk singer-songwriter
More American than apple pie: take a trip across the States with the country-folk singer-songwriter
A building with a sign 'Welcome to the New Africa Shrine'
7:00 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
gigs
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
 Illustration of Morning Cartoons: Bino and Fino

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Settle in for a morning cartoon with the brother and sister duo as they explore their African city
Settle in for a morning cartoon with the brother and sister duo as they explore their African city

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance group
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance...
Young Women Reading

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
What’s Black British life been like across the generations?
What’s Black British life been like across the generations?
Osi Umenyiora, American football defensive end
1:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
Africa Utopia Member's Salon

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Turn the pages of timeless and undiscovered works of African literature
Turn the pages of timeless and undiscovered works of African literature
 Jay Jay Revlon

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Africa Utopia Fashion Catwalk at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
3:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African aesthetic
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African...
A woman in glitter on the side of her face
4:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
How can the industry better represent diverse identities, both on and off the catwalk?
How can the industry better represent diverse identities, both on and off the catwalk?
Letters Live at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Celestina Diamond

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
Raise your voice in song at a mass participatory performance of gospel, soul and R&B
Raise your voice in song at a mass participatory performance of gospel, soul and R&B
Simon Frederick, actor
1:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
An open conversation on how we identify as African and what our labels mean
An open conversation on how we identify as African and what our labels mean
Nina Reece
2:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature
The Music That Made Us
4:30 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
How does the music made by black artists explore the breadth of blackness?
How does the music made by black artists explore the breadth of blackness?
The Laughing Leopard
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life

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