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Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery, as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £19,714,455
  • 2013-2014: £20,167,887
  • 2014-2015: £20,709,928

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Learn how to sign, sing and dance to Pharrell Wiliam's 'Happy'

Learn how to sign, sing and dance to Pharrell Wiliam's 'Happy' Free Event: Sunday 7 September 2014, 12 noon http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/learn-how-to-sign-sing-and-da-85960 Learn some sign language skills as you dance and sign along to Pharrell Williams’ worldwide number one hit song ‘Happy’. This is your chance to learn something new while taking part in this feel-good event. The British Sign Language workshop concludes with everyone signing, dancing and singing along to ‘Happy’ with The Angels Of Kaos and The Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children. All welcome young and old. No experience required. Video created and used with permission of Life and Deaf.

ALESANDRA SEUTIN FEATURING AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON This Is Not Black (Ceci n'est pas Noire)

Friday 12 September Part of Africa Utopia http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/alesandra-seutin-84986 Dance, theatre, spoken word and song by Alesandra Seutin with live music by Ayanna Witter-Johnson. The regal Alesandra is a commanding presence **** (The Independent) This is not Black is the journey of a mixed-raced woman down memory lane, a winding road between Europe and Africa. As perceptions of her change from place to place, she plays with masks, roles and attitudes, highlighting the idea that what you see is not always what you get. Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, raised in Brussels and trained in London, where she has made her residence. She is the Artistic Director of Vocab Dance Company. Established in 2007, the company is renowned for its multidisciplinary and outspoken works, creating distinctly Afro-European dance theatre. In 2011, Alesandra Seutin was selected by icon Germaine Acogny ‘mother of African contemporary dance’, to be part of the transmission of her technique. Alesandra is now the only UK dance artist to be a certified Germaine Acogny teacher and ambassador. A post-show Q&A session with Alesandra Seutin and Ayanna Witter-Johnson takes place after this performance. Hosted by Funmi Adewole.

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Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival

Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival 2 - 7 September 2014 Extraordinary new work by disabled artists. http://unlimited.southbankcentre.co.uk/

Kinshasha Symphony Orchestra - The Kimbanguiste Orchestra and Chorus, Congo

Sunday 14 September, Royal Festival Hall BOOK TICKETS: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/kinshasa-symphony-84285 The extraordinary orchestra and chorus from Kinshasa perform in London for the first time. Music by the Kinshasha Symphony Orchestra

Tiger Lillies: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

'A haunting evening's entertainment full of ethereal grace.' **** (The Daily Telegraph) Queen Elizabeth Hall Fri 29 Aug 2014–Sun 31 Aug 2014 Book Tickets: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-tiger-lillies-rime-of-the-82682 Music by The Tiger Lillies

Global Love Poem - Timelapse from Poetry International 2014

Global Love Poem - Timelapse from Poetry International 2014

Global Love Poem - Timelapse from Poetry International 2014

Global Love Poem - Timelapse from Poetry International 2014

Marguerite Humeau, Burj Khalifa, 2014, HD animation

The Burj Khalifa, built in Dubai in 2010, is currently the tallest man-made structure in the world. Shortly after the skyscraper was built, Dubai's stock market crashed. In Humeau's video, a feng shui master uncovers the secrets of the Burj Khalifa's architecture to discern why it suffered from the 'curse of the tall tower' like so many other tall buildings before it.

Helen Carmel Benigson, Plastic City, Plasticity, 2014, extract from HD Video

Benigson explores dystopian and utopian relationships between a fantasy city and the plasticity of the perfect body. She says "The treadmill soundtrack (a contained road to nowhere) allows us to traverse across Los Angeles by imaginary sneaker-wearing feet, while collaged images of an intimate pedicure complicates our reading of LA as a place of performance and glamour." The full video can be seen at Concrete Cafe at the Hayward Gallery until 7 September 2014. The House in The Sky - Artists Imagine New Utopias: http://j.mp/1ru4mwr

Deborah Findlay reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 55

Deborah Findlay reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 55: Not marble nor the gilded monuments. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Victoria Hamilton reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 64

Victoria Hamilton reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 64: When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

David Harewood reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 13

David Harewood reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Paterson Joseph reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 29

Paterson Joseph reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Oliver Ford Davies reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 60

Oliver Ford Davies reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 60: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Maureen Beattie reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 129

Maureen Beattie reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 129: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Juliet Stevenson reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 116

Juliet Stevenson reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Harriet Walter reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

Harriet Walter reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summers day. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Guy Paul reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 97

Guy Paul reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Simon Russell Beale reads Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen.

Simon Russell Beale reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen. Filmed at Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. #southbankforlove http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/festival-of-love

Shot Through The Heart Poetry Film Competition: 'Millionaire' by Mab Jones

The inaugural 2014 Shot Through the Heart Poetry Film competition received entries from all over the world. Inspired by Southbank Centre's Festival of Love 2014, we asked poets and film-makers to create poetry films that explore the joy of first love, the pain of lost love, the confusion of displaced love, the purity of platonic love, or any other kind of love. Here is one example entry from Mab Jones - 'Millionaire'. Click here [add link] to view another example: 'Rolling Frames' by Katie Garrett. Judges shortlisted 10 films to showcase at the prize giving evening in the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre as part of Poetry International Festival on Friday 19 July 2014. The winner will be announced on the night. Book tickets here:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/shot-through-the-heart-83879 Film and soundtrack featured by permission of the artist.

Shot Through The Heart Poetry Film Competition: 'Rolling Frames' by Katie Garrett.

The inaugural 2014 Shot Through the Heart Poetry Film competition received entries from all over the world. Inspired by Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, we asked poets and film-makers to create poetry films that explore the joy of first love, the pain of lost love, the confusion of displaced love, the purity of platonic love, or any other kind of love. Here is one example entry from 'Rolling Frames' by Katie Garrett. Click here [add link] to view another example: 'Millionaire' by Mab Jones. Judges shortlisted 10 films to showcase at the prize giving evening in the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre as part of Poetry International Festival on Friday 19 July 2014. The winner will be announced on the night. Book tickets here:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/shot-through-the-heart-83879 Film and soundtrack featured by permission of the artist.

Shattered Cabaret: The Songs of Kurt Weil

Shattered Cabaret: The Songs of Kurt Weill L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres Tue 29 Jul - Sun 3 Aug 2014 Book tickets: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/lorchestre-dhommes-orchestre-82827 Quebec's iconoclastic L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (LODHO) adapt the music of Kurt Weill. The group return to Southbank Centre's Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall having received four-star reviews last year for their idiosyncratic take on the music of Tom Waits. 'Undeniably fantastic fun' **** (The Guardian) Images and music courtesy the artist.

Groove on Down the Road

From the award-winning ZooNation Dance Company and Kate Prince, Southbank Centre's smash-hit show Groove On Down The Road returns this summer -- an exhilarating dance adventure for the whole family. Following the success of hit shows Into The Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop, and its popular world premiere in 2013, Groove On Down The Road bursts back into Queen Elizabeth Hall. The show re-imagines the beloved story of The Wizard Of Oz, showcasing the phenomenal dance talent of a new generation of ZooNation performers aged 10 to 19 -- 'The unbelievable amount of energy, spirit, and individual character of each performer is so professionally packaged, it's easy to forget they're all under 19 years old' (Time Out) Join Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they groove on down the yellow brick road in this visually spectacular journey to Oz. Have your head spun and your heart warmed as they meet the mysterious Wizard and discover the joys of following their dreams. DJ Walde - Untitled used with artist permission. Book your tickets here: http://j.mp/OqA9ix

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