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Guide to Southbank Centre

Fact file
AddressBelvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
ContainsHayward Gallery
Purcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall
Google maps51° 30' 23.964" N 0° 6' 54.406" W

Southbank Centre occupies a 17-acre site in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. This includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. We also curate the outdoor spaces along the riverfront and around our venues.

We believe art has the power to help create a better world for everyone. It was this belief that led to our creation in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain – a major exhibition and festival that gave the nation hope for a brighter future.

Today, millions of people gather at our events each year to enjoy culture from around the world, making us the UK's seventh most popular visitor attraction. We put on over 3,000 concerts, gigs, exhibitions, shows and debates every year, half of them for free. We also work with thousands of children and young people.

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LondonSchubert: Symphony no. 9

© Jean Baptiste Millot
Mozart, Schubert
Philharmonia Orchestra; Douglas Boyd; Jonathan Biss

London2006: The new Bacchus

© Sarah Wijzenbeek
Beethoven, Saariaho, Scriabin
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Omer Meir Wellber; Johannes Moser

LondonNikolai Lugansky: Debussy and Scriabin

© Jean-Baptiste Millot
Debussy, Scriabin
Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

LondonAge of anxiety

Age of anxiety
Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky, Walton
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; George Li
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A Grand Master returns: Maurizio Pollini at the Royal Festival Hall

Maurizio Pollini © Mathias Bothor | DG
Pollini's love for Chopin and Debussy was evident throughout an intimate recital as part of the Southbank Centre's in the International Piano Series.
****1
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Darkness and daylight from the RPO, Payare and de la Salle

Rafael Payare © Henry Fair
Rafael Payare demonstrates his mastery of a late Romantic score and together with the RPO partners Lise de la Salle in an early piano concerto by Mozart.
****1
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Wim Vandekeybus: Hell is other people

Wim Vandekeybus' Mockumentary of a Contemporary Saviour takes place in a distant future, where a destructive force seems to have eliminated life on Earth
***11
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Musical painting from Marianne Crebassa and the Philharmonia

Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
Marianne Crebassa and Esa-Pekka Salonen take the audience on a dazzling musical journey from Rome to Asia.
****1
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