Southbank Centre passionately believes the arts have the power to transform lives. We also believe that the arts must be available to all of us – and this lies at the heart of all we do.
Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside. We encourage everyone to become involved in the arts in new and creative ways.
There are a wide range of cultural events on offer including music, dance, art, performance and spoken word events throughout the year. Take part in free activities and events and enjoy a wide range of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Every year, thousands of musicians and artists perform to millions of visitors, making this one of the most popular cultural destinations in the country. We hold different festivals throughout the year.
Southbank Centre are committed to working with young, emerging and established talent across the artistic community including four Resident Orchestras, 14 Artists in Residence and over 100 other artistic organisations. Southbank Centre also manage the Arts Council Collection on behalf of Arts Council England and curate the Hayward Touring Exhibition programme in venues throughout the UK.
Southbank Centre occupies a 21-acre site in the midst of London’s vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. Southbank Centre includes the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery, and the Saison Poetry Library. As well as these venues, there are restaurants, cafes, bars and shops to enjoy. The annual foot fall for this site has been recorded at over 27 Million in 2013.
South Bank Business Watch (SBBW) is a collective of commercial, cultural and public sector organisations focusing on security issues affecting the South Bank Community Security Zone.
South Bank Visitor Management Group, a unique partnership of the major organisations in the South Bank and the local authority, with a long-term commitment to improving the public realm for employees, visitors and residents alike