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To Platform Or Not To Platform?: How Rapists Can/Can't Be Involved In Public Conversations On Rape

Amira Elwakil | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK
Amira Elwakil

Trigger warning: references to sexual violence Earlier this month I set up a petition in an effort to get London's Southbank Centre to reconside...

Women Of The World Festival Drops Rape Survivor And Perpetrator Following Petition

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The Women of the World (WoW) Festival has removed an event from its schedule following an online petition that received more than 2,000 signatures. T...

Polari's Ninth Birthday And The End Of A National Tour

Timothy Graves | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Timothy Graves

(image courtesy of Justin David) There was cause for celebration at Polari, London's award-winning LGBT literary salon, at the Southbank Centre last ...

Southbank's Film Scores Live Kicks Off with Kubrick & Ends with Vertigo

Sarah Hardy | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Hardy

The work of Richard Strauss, György Ligeti, Johann Strauss II and Aram Khachaturian - especially live at Royal Festival Hall - bring more feeling to Kubrick's stark sets than the characters, where conversation is minimal and viewers left to decipher bizarre atmospheres and sparse undertones.

When It Comes To Conversations About Being A Man, We All Need To Get In The Room

Grace Willow | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Grace Willow

Southbank Centre / Belinda Lawley "Why would I go to a man hating event?" My friend Chris has just made this remark and at first I assume he must be...

Disability And The Arts: A Radical Act?

Jo Verrent | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

Many of us don't want to have our impairments shifted or changed, but we would like to be perceived as 'normal' - accepted as part of the 'normal' diversity of humanity. To have provided the things that we need in order to take part and function fully as artists, participants or audience members.

CGI? They Just Do It With Computers, Don't They?

Alan Warburton | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Tech
Alan Warburton

Actually, it's not that simple.

Dahl In A Day - A Magical Literary Experience

Mik Scarlet | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Last week, on Thursday February 18th, I had the great honour to be invited to take part in one of the festivals held at London's Southbank Centre. As part of the Imagine Children's Festival, which ran from February 9th until the 22nd, I joined celebs, such as Cerrie Burnell and Carrie Grant, and many others to read a chapter of the classic kids book Matilda for Dahl In A Day.

Why I Use Art to Give Mental Health Stigma the Middle Finger

Brigitte Aphrodite | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Brigitte Aphrodite

For a lot of people involvement in theatre, music and art can educate. It can battle isolation, loneliness and, as dramatic as it sounds, I believe that the love of art can be a reason to get up in the morning and live! Through the dark periods of my life, art in many different guises has been a glittering light in the darkness.

British Values and the Politics of Double Standards

Deeyah Khan | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Combatting extremism will take a multinational movement towards international relations based in humanitarian principles, rather than national self-interest only - a principle that has, in the past, served extremists rather than confronted them, and which reflects the interests of an elite corporate and ruling class rather than the people of Britain, regardless of background or religion.

It's Not 'Prison Art' - It's Just Art

Gabriel Samuels | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Gabriel Samuels

There is a growing school of thought that says that art may be able to prevent convicts from reoffending, and the artworks in 'Re:From' stand as clear testament to the truth that prison time can indeed be the source of tangible emotional and creative growth.

Review: Carsten Höller: Decisions, Hayward Gallery

Victoria Sadler | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The act of observation is supposed to be part of the experience, and one that I probably wasn't that comfortable with (which may indeed be the point). To gawp at others isn't art to me, nor is it particularly polite, but it is revealing.

London Afrobeat Collective - Off the Chain

John Carlon | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

Ahead of their free entry gig at London's Southbank Centre this Friday, London Afrobeat Collective spill the beans on their latest release Food Chain.

Gold From Base Metal

Hardeep Singh Kohli | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hardeep Singh Kohli

The recognition of British Asian arts couldn't have been more high profile or significant when Jude Kelly and the team at Southbank Centre decided to create an entire festival around it. Dubbed 'Alchemy', this festival reflected the celebration of British Asians' cultural contribution and moved the game on.

ABCs of Asian British Culture

Hardeep Singh Kohli | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Hardeep Singh Kohli

As immigrants, Britain's Asians arrived in the UK with a very dislocated culture. Our parents tried desperately to keep us connected to our heritage but it proved too challenging. India was another world and our new lives were British.

Let's Make London's New Concert Hall Into a Cathedral

James Murphy | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Murphy

Now is our moment to get out and proud. Statement architecture is rising fast around the City and beyond. What if suddenly one of the truly awesome jewels of the London horizon was a building devoted to classical music?

History is Now at Hayward Gallery Searches for British Identity

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Seven artists were invited to curate their own section of this exhibition, choosing particular periods and subjects from post-war British cultural history. Over 250 objects are included in this vast exhibition, with every media possible included - from paintings to photographs, from sculpture to scientific surveys, and everything in-between.

The Last Days of Summer

Chris Rooney | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Rooney

I am pleased September is here. Summer fashions do not suit me... I have to pare it all down to shirt and jeans. I cannot wear shorts. There is something sinister about men in shorts. The promise of something unseemly, perhaps a little foreign, colonial even. Shorts just aren't British.

Disability - No Longer at the Fringe of the Fringe

Jo Verrent | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

I'm writing this as I return from my annual trip to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. I tend to head up for a couple of days each year to catch shows, catch up with colleagues (and this year catch a cold too). Every year, I look to see where disabled artists are in the mix - and this year the spread is impressive.

Review: The Human Factor at Hayward Gallery

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The works on show are from 25 leading international artists and span the past 25 years. Some of them are funny, some are traumatic. Some of the pieces seem so real, so true to life you could be forgiven for believing you are looking at a living statue.

Combining Film and Poetry Is Child's Play

Robert Peake | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

As part of this year's Poetry International festival, London's own Southbank Centre teamed up with the bosses of Filmpoem, PoetryFilm, and the Zebra Poetry Film Festival to launch, a competition for short films based on poems.

All the Challenges Facing Feminism on Show at Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

International Women's Day 2014 saw, for the fourth year, the Southbank Centre organise their spectacular and diverse WOW - Women of the World festival. And on show was the good, the bad and the ugly side of feminism today.

Mandela Lectures - Three Speakers, Three Ideas, One Quote.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK
Jasmine Dotiwala

To end a week of diversity focused events, the BBC hosted Mandela Lectures- three speakers, three ideas, One quote.

What the '80s Meant to Me

Andrew Poppy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Poppy

What were we dancing to back then? Talking Heads' Life During Wartime and Kraftwerk's Computer Love. It sums up a lot. What was I trying to do? To be a composer, musician, artist. To make records like a band or producer would, in the studio but also to be a composer like Stravinsky and Philip Glass - whatever that meant.

Exhibition Review: World Press Photo 2013

Sumeet Grover | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

From homicides to war, the human condition and homosexuality to great achievements, sex trafficking to acid-burning of women, the common thread running underneath these photographs, selected out of over 103,000 entries worldwide, is the deep seated human desire to live out a life of irrevocable dignity.