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Africa Utopia returns to Southbank Centre – 15th and 16th July 2017

Southbank Centre’s annual Africa Utopia festival returns for its fifth year on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July 2017, with an exciting line up of leading musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora.

The festival celebrates the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents and will encompass a vibrant mix of talks, workshops and performances for all ages, both free and paid-for. Confirmed so far for 2017’s Africa Utopia festival are the award-winning Afrobeat superstar, Fuse ODG and the Chineke! Orchestra both performing in the Royal Festival Hall.

Born in London and raised in Ghana, Fuse ODG is the founder of TINA – This is New Africa – a movement whose mission is ‘re-programming the world’s mental image of Africa, its people and its diaspora’ (15 July) and Chineke! Orchestra is Europe’s first all-Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra, performing classical repertoire to mark their third performance at the festival (16 July).

The weekend will also include an Africa Utopia Marketplace, with stalls and pop-up boutiques offering the latest in African and African-inspired fashion, accessories, books, art, homeware and workshops, as well as a bustling pop-up street food market, with over 13 stalls of authentic African cuisine from across the continent.

The full programme and list of performers will be released early May, 2017.

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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WOW – Woman of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre – 7th March to 12th March 2017

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 WOW – Women of the World is a global festival celebrating the achievements of women and girls and also looks at the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their potential and contributing to the world. With a diverse range of talks and debates, music and performance, parties, a marketplace, networking and much more, the festival brings together women and men to speak about how they are making the world a fairer place and why it matters.

WOW – Women of the World has happened in London, Derry-Londonderry, Cardiff, Cambridge, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ethiopia, New York, Australia and Baltimore.

This festival celebrates the achievements of women and girls and also looks at the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their potential and contributing to the world. The festival is celebrating its seventh year and offers  a week of talks, debates, concerts, film, comedy and workshops.

Past speakers have included Malala Yousafzai, Julie Walters, Shami Chakrabarti, Gordon Brown MP, Salma Hayek, Annie Lennox, Caitlin Moran, Vivienne Westwood, Grayson Perry, Sandi Toksvig, Leymah Gbowee, Patrick Stewart and Christine Lagarde.

The 2017 programme is now on sale, with information on Day and Weekend Passes as well as one–off events with Sandi Toksvig and Gillian Anderson.

For more information , visit the Southbank website here

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Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre – 9th to 19th February 2017

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Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns from 9th – 19th February 2017, taking over the Royal Festival Hall during half term with a packed programme of events including dance, music, theatre and installations, alongside readings and workshops with some of the top children’s authors from the UK and the Nordic region.

This year’s Imagine Children’s Festival has a strong Nordic focus, in line with Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of Nordic arts and culture, Nordic Matters. Some of the top artists and authors from the Nordic region appear at the festival including Icelandic author and illustrator Birgitta Sif, Swedish author Pernilla Lindroos, Greenlandic author Bolatta Silis-Høegh, award-winning writer Rakel Helmsdal from the Faroe Islands, Icelandic author Þórarinn Eldjárn and Finnish illustrator Linda Bondestram.

The festival also sees the London premiere of Finnish band Hevisaurus, who bring their unique brand of power metal for children to the Royal Festival Hall. The band – who consist of four dinosaurs and a dragon .

Children can also learn about characters of Sami mythology with Sami writer Ante Aikio from Finnish Lapland and rock out at the Swedish Baby Rave. Swedish illustrator Maja Asten also worked with pupils from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital to create illustrations inspired by imaginary friends. Oddjob, one of Sweden’s foremost jazz groups presents Jazzoo, their Swedish Grammy-Award nominated album for children, accompanied by animations from Helene Berg. Francesca Simon also discusses her new book, The Monstrous Child based on the mythical Norse goddess of the underworld, ‘Hel’.

Other Highlights include:

Comedian and author Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts introduce their new book The Bolds on Holiday – featuring readings and live drawing (17 February)

A free pedal-powered film screening of Walt Disney’s classic film The Little Mermaid (16 February)

An afternoon of reading and live illustration from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and friends (15 February)

Team GB Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy presents a new range of books for young readers Flying Fergus and On Your Bike (17 February)

The LEGO® team offers the opportunities for festival-goers to help build their vision of the city of the future (12-19 February) and hear the stories of the LEGO Master Builders, who have turned their love for building into a career (11 February)

Terry Davies conducts the Aurora Orchestra in René Aubry’s scores for a double-bill of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom (13 February)

Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller brings to life Michael Morpurgo’s Why the Whales Came, with a live Q&A with Michael Morpurgo (17 February)   

Adventures in Moominland – a major new immersive, interactive exhibition from the world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson, with theatrical sets and rare archive objects and illustrations (until 23 April)

Neverland – an immersive new show for children that uses 360 degree video projections and original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination (7-9 February)

Acclaimed children’s authors including Michael De Souza, Joseph Coelho, Horatio Clare, Francesca Simon, Pernilla Lindroos, and Birgitta Sif talk about their latest works

Children’s Story Centre presenting Dr. Seuss’ beloved story The Cat in the Hat (12 February)

Leaps and Bounds – an afternoon of inclusive dance workshops with the acclaimed Candoco Dance Company (19 February)  

More than half of the Imagine programme is free, with a range of free activities for the whole family to enjoy on each day of the festival. Visitors can join in a free pedal-powered screening of The Little Mermaid with prizes for the best underwater-themed costumes, an inclusive dance workshop led by acclaimed Candoco Dance Company, an afternoon of family fun at the PJ Party, as well as free poetry readings in the Poetry Library and a bedtime story in the Clore Ballroom to close each day of the festival.

For more information about the festival , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Southbank Centre Highlights 2017

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One of London’s major arts hubs, the  Southbank Centre outlines its programme highlights for 2017 including a year-long immersion into Nordic culture and society, an exploration of what it means to be human in the 21st century, and a journey through some of China’s most innovative contemporary art and culture. Also featured are programmes curated by under-18s, a summer-long look at love and the return of flagship festivals WOW – Women of the World and BAM – Being a Man.

With over 15 festivals and 4,000 events during 2017, and a global touring programme reaching six continents and 37 towns and cities across the UK, Southbank Centre brings together thousands of artists, partners, communities and audiences to contribute, create and explore the most pressing issues of today.

All events take place at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, unless otherwise stated.

Brian Cox presents Science Matters – Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday 10th January 2017, 7.30pm

The Royal Society and Southbank Centre present an evening on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with English physicist and Royal Society Professor of Public Engagement, Professor Brian Cox. He is joined by an expert panel including Professor Jon Crowcroft FRS, Professor Joanna Bryson and Dr Sabine Hauert. The event will be live streamed on The Royal Society’s website and YouTube channel.  

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Nordic Matters

2017 – all year. Opens Friday 13th January 2017

For the first time, Southbank Centre will dedicate an entire year to the arts and culture of one region of the world. Audiences are invited to immerse themselves in all things Nordic, from much-loved favourites such as the Moomins, LEGO®, hygge, saunas and gastronomic treats and techniques such as cinnamon buns, smoking, pickling and curing, to the most inspiring and intriguing of Nordic art, mythology, literature and music. The programme explores the Nordics’ reputation as world-leaders in their approach to play, children & young people, gender equality and sustainability and asks what we in the UK might learn from our Northern neighbours.

Nordic Matters launches on Saturday 14 January, featuring Nordic mythology from Icelandic poet, novelist, and lyricist Sjón, folk music and storytelling from Norwegian musician and social activist Moddi, the unveiling of a year-long installation Falling Shawls by Sami artist Outi Pieski and more. Around a third of artists, authors and performers participating in events at Southbank Centre during 2017 will have a Nordic connection and regular festivals will take on a Nordic focus, including artists and authors from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as lesser known voices from Åland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

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Adventures in Moominland

Friday 16th December 2016 – Sunday 23rd April 2017

The world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson and the Moomins is brought to life in a major new immersive, interactive exhibition Adventures in Moominland – the first UK exhibition devoted to the Moomins.The exhibition presents new insights into Jansson’s life and the influences behind her work with rare archive objects and illustrations built into the experience, augmented by a script written by children’s author Laura Dockrill and narrated by Sandi Toksvig. Full press release here.

Outi Pieski: Fallen Shawls

Friday 13th January – on display throughout 2017

Sami artist Outi Pieski transforms the Royal Festival Hall foyers with her year-long installation, Falling Shawls which goes on show from the opening weekend of Nordic Matters. Made by traditional Sami shawl-making techniques, the installation combines hundreds of fringe elements to create a coloured three-dimensional drawing. Sami people are the indigenous people of Scandinavia, and in their nomadic culture the cultural significance of symbols has endured; the traditional handicraft duodji still has significant and powerful meaning today. Falling Shawls is inspired by the gathering of Sami people, in what can be seen as a nomadic monument to their common struggle with colonial history.

TS Eliot Prize Readings

Sunday 15th January 2017

Southbank Centre once again hosts the TS Eliot Prize Readings. In a special event, the ten shortlisted authors for the prestigious TS Eliot Prize 2016 read from their work the evening before the £15,000 prize winner is announced.

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Belief and Beyond Belief

Monday 16th January – December 2017

Southbank Centre’s new year-long festival Belief and Beyond Belief investigates the great questions surrounding our experiences of life, death, religion and spirituality and explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. The cross art form festival is built around eight themed weekends throughout 2017, offering a diverse programme of music, literature, performance, talks and debates featuring some of the most prominent writers, thinkers, artists and scientists of today. The festival is in partnership with London Philharmonic Orchestra which devotes nearly all of its concerts in 2017 to Belief and Beyond Belief, providing the musical backbone of the festival. Highlights include performances of Haydn’s The Creation conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and Penderecki’s St Luke Passion conducted by LPO Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Further highlights include Professor Stephen Hawking in conversation (16 January); keynote addresses from prominent writers and thinkers including Mona Siddiqui CBE (21 January), Marcus du Sautoy (4 February), Elif Şafak (8 April), Karen Armstrong (4 November) and A.C. Grayling (5 November); a broad range of panel discussions featuring leading authors, religious leaders, philosophers, scientists and artists including Remona Aly, Julian Baggini, Nick Baines, Sarah Bakewell, Sara Khan, Indarjit Singh; and a wealth of participation and free events including workshops, performances, talks and more.

Film Scores Live

Throughout 2017, until Wednesday 25th June 2017

Southbank Centre’s Film Scores Live series continues throughout 2017, shining a light on some of cinema’s most unforgettable soundtracks. From Oscar winners to modern cult classics, all the films are accompanied by live orchestral performances from the UK’s leading orchestras in the spectacular setting of the Royal Festival Hall. Concerts include Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver featuring Bernard Herrmann’s last ever film score performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra (6 January 2017), Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with the spine-chilling soundtrack performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (23 June 2017) and the London premiere screening of Hitchcock’s Vertigo with live orchestral accompaniment, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted by Jessica Cottis (25 June 2017).

International Orchestra Series

Sunday 29th January – Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Orchestra Series welcomes some of the world’s greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists to the Royal Festival Hall stage. Martha Argerich, ‘one of the greatest pianists in history’ (Telegraph) joins St Petersburg Philharmonic and conductor Yuri Temirkanov to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3  (29 January); Paavo Järvi conducts the NHK Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (6 March 2017); conductor Marin Alsop leads British percussionist Colin Currie and the Britten-Pears Orchestra in a performance of a new concerto for percussion and orchestra by Mark-Anthony Turnage, which honours composer Steve Martland (7 April); Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia and superstar pianist Yuja Wang in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 (11 May); and Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer perform Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (23 May).

International Chamber Music Series

Tuesday 24th January – 2nd June 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Chamber Music Series includes a number of concerts as part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival. Pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich perform Brahms’ Sonata in F Minor for 2 pianos and Messiaen’s Visions de l’amen at St John’s Smith Square (24 January); cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs the complete cycle of Bach’s Cello Suites at St John’s Smith Square (8 February); the Colin Currie Group return to Royal Festival Hall to perform works by Steve Reich (5 May); and the Pavel Haas Quartet are joined by pianist Denis Kozhukhin to perform Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No.2 in A (2 June). Further International Chamber Music Series concerts for 2017 will be announced in January.

International Piano Series

Tuesday 31st January – 31st May 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series features some of the world’s most celebrated pianists as well as rising stars. Highlights at Royal Festival Hall include leading Mozartian Mitsuko Uchida performing Mozart and Schumann (31 January); the great Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini (21 February and 14 March); Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky (28 February); Chinese superstar Yuja Wang (11 April); and much-loved American pianist Richard Goode performing Beethoven sonatas (31 May). Highlights at St John’s Smith Square include former International Chopin Competition winner Yulianna Avdeeva (29 March); and winner of the 2005 Arthur Rubenstein Competition Alexander Gavrylyuk making his International Piano Series debut (3 May). Further International Piano Series concerts for 2017 will be announced in January.

International Organ Series

Friday 3rd February – 24th June 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Organ Series showcases the Royal Festival Hall’s recently restored, magnificent organ. Robert Quinney who played for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey performs an all Bach programme (3 February); champion of contemporary music Stephen Farr performs the world premiere of a new work by Judith Bingham (24 April); and virtuosic improviser David Briggs performs a live, improvised soundtrack to Hitchcock’s film The Lodger, as part of Southbank Centre’s Film Scores Live series (24 June). Further International Organ Series concerts for 2017 will be announced in January.

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Imagine Children’s Festival

Thursday 9th February – Sunday 19th February 2017

Imagine Children’s Festival is back with a strong Nordic focus, celebrating the theme of play. The festival, now in its 16th year, takes over the Royal Festival Hall for two weeks with theatre, dance, music and installations alongside readings and workshops with top children’s authors from the UK and the Nordic region. Highlights include the London premiere of Finnish band Hevisaurus, who bring their unique brand of power metal for children to the Royal Festival Hall, a Swedish baby rave and a performance by Oddjob, one of Sweden’s foremost jazz groups for children. 

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WOW – Women of the World Festival

Tuesday 7th – Sunday 12th March

Returning for its seventh year in 2017, WOW – Women of the World festival coincides with the first WOW Finland, with live link-ups throughout the weekend. With Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th respectively in the Global Gender Gap Index, WOW takes this opportunity to celebrate the Nordic countries, and congratulate and applaud the fearlessness and determination to prioritise gender equality. The festival also lifts the covers and examines what is underneath, where backlash has arisen, and who is left out of the conversation. Highlights during the festival include the annual Mirth Control going Nordic with Sandi Toksvig.

Coinciding with WOW London, the first WOW Hull will take place as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. From Finland to Folkestone and Derry to Dhaka, crossing further continents to Harlem and Hargeysa, Brisbane and Baltimore, WOW continues to grow and cross borders around the world. 

Urban

Saturday 1st – Monday 17th April 2017

Southbank Centre’s Urban festival returns celebrating street culture with an exciting programme of work and events inspired by the city. Taking place across the site for 10 days over the Easter period, the programme spans dance, performance, music, parties, workshops and much more, with most of the events free.

Alchemy

Friday 19th – Monday 29th May 2017

Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s festival celebrating the cultural connections between South Asia and the UK, returns for an eighth year. The largest festival of South Asian culture outside the subcontinent, Alchemy explores the region’s art, artists, politics and society through a programme of dance, music, theatre, visual art, comedy and literature. Sukanya, Ravi Shankar’s first ever opera that he worked on just before he died, opens this year’s festival in a special performance directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, uniting dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by The Royal Opera House and musicians of Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Festival of Love

Saturday 3rd June – Monday 28 August 2017

Festival of Love takes over the 21-acre Southbank Centre site with a summer-long programme featuring performances, music, installations and design from Nordic artists. Highlights include Outi Pieski’s Falling Shawls in Royal Festival Hall foyers, Jeppe Hein’s ‘Modified Social Benches’, North Sami Pavilion – an architectural collaboration with Umea University Sweden, the return of the Festival of Love Design Challenge, and lift lobby installations.

China Changing

Friday 2nd – Saturday 3rd June 2017

Southbank Centre’s China Changing is a new international festival with a programme inspired by the creativity and innovation from contemporary China. The festival launches with a day of music, dance, theatre, film, comedy, and talks, on 16th December 2016, before expanding to long weekends in June the following two years. China Changing aims to showcase the best and most interesting artistic work and contemporary thought from across China; alongside British-based Chinese and British South East Asian artists.

 Meltdown

Friday 9th – Sunday 18th June  2017

Southbank Centre’s annual Meltdown festival has been running since 1993 and each year invites a different cultural figure to act as director of the event and pick the performers of their choosing. Previous directors include: Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Lee Scratch-Perry, Morrissey, Massive Attack, John Peel, Ornette Coleman, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies and Anohni. Performers have been musicians, artists, filmmakers and comedians including Jeff Buckley, for his final UK show; Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Pete Doherty singing Disney songs with Jarvis Cocker; Patti Smith performing Horses in full; a Nina Simone concert now immortalised in Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days On Earth;  Radiohead; Grace Jones; and Nancy Sinatra. 

New Music Biennial

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July 2017

Southbank Centre presents an entire weekend of new music, free concerts and workshops featuring all 20 winning commissions from the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial 2017. The initiative, presented in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and BBC Radio 3, presents a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK from across all genres — classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk, electronic and music for brass band and organ. The festival includes new works from Gavin Bryars, Simon Holt, Emily Hall, GoGo Penguin, Eliza Carthy, Mercury Prize-nominated folk singer Sam Lee and Mica Levi alongside recently-composed works, including Anna Meredith’s Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra, commissioned by Southbank Centre in 2010.

Africa Utopia

Sunday 16th – Monday 17th July 2017

Africa Utopia returns for a fifth year exploring what can be learnt and celebrated from modern Africa and the African diaspora. The festival investigates the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents and looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about society, community, technology, fashion, gender, faith and activism.

WHY? What’s Happening for the Young?

Wednesday 7th – Sunday 13th August 2017

WHY? What’s Happening for the Young returns for a fourth time to consider how under-18s can understand and use their rights to influence the world around them. Inspired by the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the festival is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate young people’s rights alongside artists, campaigners and activists. Through performances, workshops, talks and debates, the festival explores the right to freedom of expression, play, care, safety and access to the arts and culture, with many events programmed or led by young people. .

Darbar Festival

September 2017

Acclaimed as the biggest and finest Indian classical music festival outside of south Asia, Darbar Festival returns to Southbank Centre for its twelfth edition. Featuring the world’s top Indian classical musicians, it is the only festival in the world to unite artists from both Hindustani and Carnatic traditions.

London Literature Festival and Poetry International

Friday 13th October – Sunday 29th October

Southbank Centre’s longest-running festival Poetry International marks its 50th anniversary by joining with London Literature Festival for the first time in October 2017. The biennial festival, founded in 1967 by Ted Hughes, forms the opening weekend of 2017 London Literature Festival, which is an established highlight in the literary calendar having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. These combined festivals feature a Nordic focus in line with Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of Nordic culture, Nordic Matters. Nordic elements include a specially-commissioned Nordic Anthology and Wall of Dreams, a large-scale projection of testimonies and dreams onto the Royal Festival Hall, in collaboration with award-winning Danish artist Morten Søndergaard. 

Being a Man

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November 2017

BAM- Being A Man returns for its fourth year exploring the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. Taking a frank, thoughtful and often humorous look at the challenges, myths and pleasures around being born a male in today’s society.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website here

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London International Mime Festival – 9th January to 4th February 2017

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The London International Mime Festival enters its 40th anniversary season with a host of premieres and artists new to the festival, the festival is bringing back some of visual theatre’s most admired names in this special year including acrobat-genius Mathurin Bolze (Cie MPTA), Charleroi Danses’ Kiss & Cry and Mossoux Bonté, German Mask-theatre experts Familie Flöz, and Gandini Juggling with a hugely expanded version of its glorious Pina Bausch tribute, Smashed.

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Elsewhere there’s surrealist Greek glam live art, manga-inspired drama from Italy, and extraordinary object theatre exploring neuroscience, exile, arson and the Shakespeare authorship debate. And much more!

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London International Mime Festival has a long and distinguished history since it  was created in 1977. It was founded by  Joseph Seelig and mime/clown, Nola Rae to showcase the work of British visual theatre artists, many better known abroad than in their own country.

The Festival programme spans the spectrum of wordless performance including live art, physical theatre, new circus, puppetry and object theatre.

Some of the venues include

Barbican, Jacksons Lane, Lilian Baylis Studio, Platform Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre and The Peacock Theatre.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Event website here

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London Literature Festival at the Southbank – 5th October to 16th October 2016

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The London Literature Festival this year looks into the future with world-renowned writers and futurologists.

The festival opens with a performed reading of HG Wells’ The Time Machine by actors, Christopher Eccleston, MyAnna Buring and Nikki Amuka-Bird  before the festival explores a number of themes with some of the top names in literature including Margaret Atwood, Xiaolu Guo, Lauren Beukes, Naomi Alderman, Michel Faber, Teju Cole and Etgar Keret. They join a broad range of emerging international authors including China’s most celebrated science fiction author, Cixin Liu, and award-winning Iraqi author Hassan Blasim.

The festival will also feature range of family events, poetry readings, talks and a discussion on the limits of knowledge and evolution from Marcus du Sautoy and Richard Dawkins.

Other Highlights:

Margaret Atwood discusses her new novel Hag-Seed, a reimagining of The Tempest.

Edna O’Brien and Eimear McBride In Conversation

National Poetry Day Live

Louis Theroux discuss taking on the world of Scientology

The renowned author and intellectual Richard Dawkins delivers a keynote address exploring the evolution of his work.

For more information, visit the Festival website here

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Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre – 9th July to 29th August 2016

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Love is in the air on the Southbank this summer with the return of the Festival of Love. From July to the end of August there will be a packed programme of music, art, dance and performance – half of which is completely free.

The festival explores love in its many form and the changing nature of love in the 21st century. Hundreds of artists, groups and communities will present shows, family activities, a range of free workshops and a fabulous opening party.

Some of this year’s highlights include Klanghaus: On Air, an immersive musical experience in the roof of Royal Festival Hall, and Air Play, an awe-inspiring circus adventure for all the family, featuring flying umbrellas, giant balloons and floating kites.

Hear from Southbank Centre’s Change Makers, which are people or projects nominated for providing inspiration and making change in their community, in a series of talks, workshops and performances.

Encampment by Good Chance Theatre comes to Southbank Centre and reinvigorates the dialogue on one of the biggest human migrations in history. Visit the Good Chance Dome on Festival Terrace to explore a daily programme of theatre, art, music, discussion and workshops, with special guests and performances.

The Southbank Centre will be transformed by indoor and outdoor installations and artworks, including two works by the internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein: the ever-popular Appearing Rooms fountain and the UK premiere of his series of Modified Social Benches, which are creative reinventions of the park bench. Plus, look out for an artwork inspired by polar bears, designed by the 17-year-old winner of Southbank Centre’s nationwide Design Challenge.

Looking for a fun day out? Stop by to soak up some sun in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, hang out at the copaCABANA beach or grab a bite to eat at one of the many pop-ups, markets and restaurants.

For more information, visit the Southbank website here

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Southbank Centre Food Market

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The Southbank Centre Food Market showcases some of the best street food and produce in the capital. With a variety of top products and flavours, the market is a great place to have a bite to eat if you are visiting the many attractions on the South Bank.

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You will find the market behind the Southbank centre in the Square each weekend including bank holidays.

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Opening hours

Friday, 12 noon 8pm

Saturday, 11am 8pm

Sunday, 12 noon 6pm

Monday (bank holidays only), 12 noon 6pm

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See Video Review here

For more information, visit the Southbank website here

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Southbank Centre Book Market

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Anyone looking for second-hand and antique books will find a wide selection for sale at the Southbank Centre’s Book Market. The market takes place under the Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk, and is a delightful place to browse or find those unusual and out of print books.

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It is one of the few outdoor second-hand and antique book markets in southern England and is  open daily.

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The market is held on long trestle tables which allows customer’s to take their time looking at the large number of paperbacks and hardcover on display.

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See Video Review here

For more information about the Book Market, visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Guy Garvey’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre – 10th June to 19th June 2016

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Guy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow, 6 Music DJ, presenter of BBC iPlayer’s Music Box with Guy Garvey and solo artist, curates the 23rd Meltdown.

Guy joins a long list of renowned festival directors including Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne

This year’s Meltdown has an eclectic range of artists, Guy goes back to his roots with Mancunian trio I am Kloot performing their Mercury-nominated album with backing from a 12-piece orchestra.

Other featured artists include Lift to Experience, Femi Kuti, The Staves, Connan Mockasin, Richard Hawley and Laura Marling .

With circus acts, poetry, art installations, free events and much more, the Meltdown Festival will offer something for everyone.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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