Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre this summer is alive with music, arts and culture and the selection is great. The list is endless on their What’s On page; every day offers something new and exciting.
The Centre’s atmosphere is great for those who enjoy arts and something a little bit different, and the shops have a varied selection of goods from teddy bears to classical music in CDs or DVDs. The Southbank Centre also has an excellent location by the River Thames, and when the sun is out the water fountains come on – the perfect summer day out!
Outside the Centre are pop up street stalls and food markets, which supply a tasty selection of treats and meals for you enjoy including French, Caribbean, Indian, vegetarian, baked goods, cheese, wine and Greek delicacies. At lunchtime it’s almost impossible to decide! In the end, I opted for a pepper and goats cheese Panini from the rooftop restaurant above the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The main exhibition on at the Southbank this summer is the Festival of Love, which lasts for two months and brings together hundreds of artists, communities and partners. The festival, which celebrates the Same Sex Couple Act, features a programme of free events, themed weekends, performances, poetry, talks and pop-ups. The Thames-side site is also being transformed by several large-scale indoor and outdoor installations and artworks, whilst the festival explores and celebrates the complexity of human relationships in all their forms though the ‘Seven Kinds of Love’ – seven of the most powerful words used to describe love, from Ancient Greek.
The festival encompasses the entire Southbank, with a Museum of Broken Relationships (in the Queen Elizabeth Hall), a Heartbreak Hotel and the Festival of Love Beach, amongst others.
I thought the most interesting area of the tour was the Dear Cathy and Claire section, where the museum went back in time to the Jackie era, and looked at letters sent in to the famous 70s agony aunts.
The I Think I Love You Lounge, where visitors can dress up as their teenage idols, including the Spice Girls, Elvis and The Beatles, was also a lot of fun.
Up-coming exhibitions include: Human Factor, Groove On Down The Road and Swing Out.
Visit the website for more details: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson
This article is originally from The National Student as I am a writer for them in my spare time!
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