These are some of the selected free events taking place at The Southbank Centre. Click on the event title for further information.
Exhibition: Another Me
19 Sep – 3 Nov 2019| Open daily: 10am – 11pm | Exhibition Space, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
The exhibition will close at 5pm for private events on the following dates:
Thu 17 Oct, Tue 29 Oct and Thu 31 Oct
Unlock your preconceptions at this year’s exhibition of works entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice, curated by Soweto Kinch.
Over 150 artworks, including music, poetry, paintings, drawings and sculpture, speak of their makers’ concerns, hopes and dreams, illuminating the breadth of talent in UK prisons and other secure settings.
Mercury-nominated and MOBO-winning Kinch, one of the most versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes, has used his curatorship to put music at the forefront of the exhibition for the first time.
Literature: Fantastical Futures: Folk Tales from the Earth
12 Oct 2019 – 20 Oct 2019| Run times may vary | Royal Festival Hall, White Room, Level 1
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course for ages 18 – 25, led by award-winning writers and poets Farzana Khan, Selina Nwulu, Sai Murray and AHHA AHHA.
Explore themes of folktales and fairy tales and reimagine possible futures, plus get the opportunity to perform your work as part of our Poetry International festival.
Work on new pieces and build existing relevant work, develop your writing, editing and performance skills and receive mentoring and skill-sharing from award-winning writers and poets.
Friday 11 Oct| 1pm | Royal Festival Hall , Central Bar, Level 2 | Free
Hear original tracks from The Pinnacle, a band formed on support programme for ex-prisoners Sounding Out, launched by the Irene Taylor Trust in 2012.
The Pinnacle is the fourth band to form on the programme, which is a two-year traineeship that aims to help bridge the gap between life inside and outside prison.
Through a combination of live music performances and paid training placements, participants are able to demonstrate on a very public platform the positivity, talent and creativity locked inside our prisons.
Sounding Out challenges the often negative perceptions of people who have spent time in prison.
Music: futuretense: Arlo Day
Friday 11 Oct| 6pm | Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Level 2 | Free
The haunting vocals and rumbling guitar tones of this singer-songwriter have earned her a quiet reputation as one of London’s best-kept secrets.
Arlo Day is a young songwriter and guitarist from South-East London newly signed to Domino Records.
Having cut her teeth in the same burgeoning scene that gave rise to artists like King Krule, Jerkcurb and Puma Blue – as well as touring with bands like Whitney – she’s honed a distinctive song craft that feels timeless and truly her own.
Day released EP Bad Timing in May 2019.
In partnership with BBC Music Introducing.
Literature: Another Me: Voices Out Loud
Sunday 13 Oct| 3pm | Royal Festival Hall , Exhibition Space, Level 1 | Free
Get the view from inside at a free performance of texts written by Koestler Awards entrants by actors with lived experience of the criminal justice system.
The actors, from Synergy Theatre, perform as part of Another Me, an exhibition of fine art, music and writing created in prisons, curated by musician Soweto Kinch.
This year’s exhibition is the 12th produced by Koestler Arts in partnership with Southbank Centre.
Another Me features over 150 artworks that illuminate the breadth of talent in UK prisons and other secure settings.
Location and times
- Royal Festival Hall / London’s leading classical music venue
- Hayward Gallery / Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery
- Queen Elizabeth Hall / Enjoy classical music, gigs and performance events
- Purcell Room / Literature, performance, classical, jazz and electronic
- National Poetry Library / Find the most comprehensive collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain on Level 5 of Royal Festival Hall
- Southbank Centre Archive Studio / An extensive archive of information accessible for the first time
Buses and underground
Waterloo and Waterloo East stations in the South of the river Thames and Embankment station in the North provide good underground and rail services. The area is served by many bus routes. Click here or the image below for directions.
Disclaimer: WISE16 cannot be held responsible for any event changes or cancellation. We strongly recommend to check with the organiser if you have any questions, especially for those events which require paying a fee.