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WOW: Women of the World at Southbank Centre until 11 March 2018

Celebrating women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. 👭

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women and girls must have equal rights and asking the question: why is gender equality taking so long?

Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.

In the year that marks the 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and when #MeToo shook the world, we bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more for the 8th annual WOW London at Southbank Centre.

Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly launched WOW – Women of the World in 2010 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, as a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face, where hundreds of women’s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded.

In response to an overwhelming demand Southbank Centre have been fostering a growing global network of festivals. Already in four other countries WOW is scheduled to spread to four more next year, and throughout the same across the UK.

The ethos of WOW is to create a festival for everyone. It is bold and broad-based in its approach, both lively and serious, and feeds the demand to discuss anything and everything. It brings people together from all corners of society – both speakers and audience members – energising and providing the inspiration and tools to make change.


Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX



Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery until 22 April 2018

Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. Known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time. 📷

Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.


Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

11am – 7pm
Closed Tuesdays
Thursdays until 9pm

£16 book online

HAY design store pop-up @ Southbank Centre / through September 2017


Monday – Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10pm-8pm
Sunday 12pm-8pm

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Free entry


Nordic design store HAY is partnering with London’s Southbank Centre in an immersive month-long pop-up in an arts centre for the first time.

The accessories market concept-inspired space, will display a wide selection of accessories from the HAY collection, complimented by key pieces of furniture and will present the design range from a living perspective. The in-store space which is designed to resemble a supermarket, allows for a tactile and engaging shopping experience with aisles of shelves displaying the carefully selected merchandise. 🛍

The new accessories market celebrates September’s London Design Festival and is part of Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of Nordic arts and culture, Nordic Matters. Design highlights on offer range from an office range and stationery to kitchenware, textiles and bathroom-oriented items.

Violet Nights: Woke Twitter IRL @ Southbank Centre / Thursday 10th August 2017


Doors: 18:30–20:30

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: free entry, must book online


In the age of Kardashian callouts, blackface and DIY art culture, the internet has never been a more important platform. Online communities like Black Twitter have carved a space for political discourse on the web and our voices are finally being heard.

With ‘woke’ added to the Oxford English Dictionary (definition: staying aware of social and political injustices happening in the today), we’ve seen it, we’ve heard it, we’ve sung it. We are asking how the digital age of tweets, gifs and hashtags can help us to incite social change in our society.

Go to Violet Nights and discuss the influence woke Twitter has had on our lives, our art and the way we interact with the world we live in.

RSVP on Facebook.

Black Cat Cabaret @ London Wonderground / from June – September 2014


21:30 (show then afterparty till 12:30)

@ London Wonderground, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £19:50-£24:50 book online


Black Cat Cabaret draws inspiration from the Absinthe-soaked underworld of Montmartre in its 1920s heyday, featuring a company of mad musicians, alluring acrobats, decadent dancers and comic characters – brought to life by the intoxicating spirit of the moon.

The uniquely theatrical cabaret spectacular combines the very best cabaret has to offer, crossing the polished high skills of high-end shows such as La Soiree, with the anarchic hellfire humour and musical sensibilities of the Boom Boom Club.

Real Food Market @ Southbank Centre / until Sunday 13th April 2014


Fri 12:00-20:00
Sat 11:00-20:00
Sun 12:00-18.00

@ Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


Bringing you an amazing range of great produce and the rising stars of London’s street food scene, each trader has been carefully selected based on their commitment to producing the very best, sustainably and ethically produced food and drink. At the Real Food Market, for three days each week, you can buy fresh, high quality, great value food and drink direct from over 40 producers who rear, grow and make your food; supporting small producers and independent traders.

The Alternative Guide to the Universe @ Hayward Gallery / until 26th August 2013


Mon – Wed , Sat, Sun 10:00 – 18:00
Thu and Fri 10:00 – 20:00

@ Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £12.75 book online


Outsider artists emerge centre stage, in this exhibition of idiosyncratic artworks made over the past 25 years.

This show seeks to shine a spotlight on a group of maverick artists, architects and scientists who operate outside the conventional norms. From fringe physicists to healers, futurists to inventors, it offers an unusual insight into a world where ingenuity and inventiveness abound.

Nearly all the participants in the show are self-taught and the artworks and artefacts on display reveal a group of creators who offer alternative ways of perceiving, imagining, describing and moving through the complex systems that govern society.

Festival of Neighbourhood: Beanotown @ Southbank Centre / until 8th September 2013


Doors: 10:00 – 23:00

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Free entry


In celebration of 75 years of The Beano, the Southbank Centre is creating Beanotown – a Beano neighbourhood decked out with related memorabilia and featuring a Beano museum and social club. Housed in the Festival Village – a spacious venue under the Queen Elizabeth Hall – Beantown will host a series of events including drawing workshops led by The Beano illustrators and sessions revealing the history of Dennis the Menace’s pranks complete with demonstrations

Wow Festival: London Veil @ Festival Hall / Friday 8th March 2013 – Sunday 10th March 2013


10:00 – 23:00

@ Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Entry: £Free


London Veil is a body of work by photographic artist Sara Shamsavari that seeks to give prominence to young muslim women in the London by documenting and celebrating the expression of their individual identities as interpreted through their vibrant and varied hijab styles and adornments.

Neither a critic nor an advocate of the veil, London Veil exists to recognise and celebrate its participants as strong, vital individuals who manage to shine, despite the struggles of youth, womanhood and prejudice they may receive as a result of the visibility of their faith.

Through the documentation of London’s young muslim women through their self-styled hijabs, ranging from subtle to wild in their expression,London Veil both illustrates and is inspired by the influence of our perceived restrictions, limitations and challenges. Those forces encourage originality, adaptation and in turn transform cultural expression into objects of beauty.

50 images from London Veil will exhibit for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall on the mornings of the 8th and 10th of March in the main Clore Ballroom as part of the Southbank’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival an annual global festival where women and men of all ages celebrate women’s achievements and discuss the obstacles they face across the world.

Sara Shamsavari is a British artist of Iranian heritage whose vibrant and emotive images explore and reinterpret identity and address current social, and cultural concerns existing within today’s society. While each of photographic series’ has a distinct focus they all seek to encourage the ideals of non-judgement, equality, unity in diversity, collective responsibility and make a significant difference to human understanding.

The artist’s work has exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris in galleries, museums and public spaces including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Selfridges & Co, Espace Pierre Cardin (Studio 55) London City Hall, Photofusion and Danny Simmon’s Corridor Gallery. Sara has also given talks and lectures at the University of Arts London, University of Creative Arts, The Apple Store, Kings Place (Guardian Open Weekend) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Cr8net).

With a belief in the role of artists as leaders in social and spiritual progress who spark change Sara’s endeavor is to empower the participants of her work and in doing this, encourage a transformation in the way people view society and themselves.

George Eksts: Incredible Utility @ Hayward Gallery / until 10th February 2013


Open: 10:00 – 18:00

@ Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Free entry


In ‘Incredible Utility’, George Eksts presents a selection of visual conundrums from his ongoing series of ‘endless’ videos.

A branch balances and spins on its own axis, a team of scaffolders are locked in an absurd cycle of perpetual play, and two signs rattle against each other in confrontation, poised to fall at any moment.

While some of the events documented are staged or choreographed, others are actual scenarios from real life that have been manipulated, edited, collaged and looped in post-production.

Eksts’ time is not linear but crumpled and meandering, collapsed in on itself. Sequential events appear simultaneous, videos slip in and out of sync with each other, and narrative progress is subverted.

In confounding our desire to impose a beginning and an end, Eksts invites us to engage in a process of attentive looking that brings out delicate nuances we might otherwise miss.

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