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Southbank Centre

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

Video feed

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Jude Kelly explain the Web We Want Festival

25 years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web and gave it to the world. To mark the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web we are creating Web We Want - a major new three-part festival at Southbank Centre - which will be designed by YOU. We hope to hear from everyone to help shape the future of the web. The first weekend will be on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September between 10am until 6pm. But bring us your ideas now - start the debate, listen and speak up. What is the Web You Want? We want everyone to answer the questions we have set here: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/web-we-want And join our conversation on Twitter and Tumblr: www.twitter.com/webwewantfest www.webwewantfest.tumblr.com

Colin Currie on Anna Clyne's Secret Garden

Percussionist Colin Currie talks through the background to Anna Clyne's World premiere Secret Garden for solo drum kit, marimba & pre-recorded sounds performed by Colin himself with Asko Schoenberg as part of Metal Wood Skin on Sunday 5 October 2014. Find out more about the concert: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/asko%C3%B6nberg-ensemble-81803

Colin Currie on Andriessen's Tapdance

Percussionist Colin Currie gives behind the scenes insight into Louis Andriessen's Tapdance for percussion and large ensemble written specifically for Colin. It has its UK premiere at Southbank Centre on 5 October 2014 as part of Metal Wood Skin, a four month percussion festival at Southbank Centre. Find out more about the concert: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/asko%C3%B6nberg-ensemble-81803

Colin Currie introduces us to his festival at Southbank Centre, Metal Wood Skin.

Colin Currie introduces us to his festival at Southbank Centre, Metal Wood Skin. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/metal-wood-skin-the-colin-currie-percussion-festival

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Metal Wood Skin The Colin Currie Percussion Festival

October - December 2014 Metal Wood Skin is a four-month exploration of percussionist Colin Currie's formidable talent. The festival presents new commissions, many written specifically for him. Over the Summer we let Colin loose around Royal Festival Hall - see the results here! Music composed and performed by Colin Currie. Find out more about the festival at southbankcentre.co.uk/colincurrie

WOW - Women of the World Festival 2015

Women weekend is for everybody. WOW Festival is packed weekend that celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls and looks at the most potent topics for women today. Featuring voices from around the world and stories from your neighbours.

Katherine Araniello : The Dinner Party

Artist Katherine Araniello hosts the most audacious dinner party to date. In this live, unscripted and digital performance she appears in two London venues simultaneously, creating a spectacle of chaos and disorder. She exploits and subverts clichéd expectations of disability to absolute fever pitch. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/katherine-araniello-85437

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.

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

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

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