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Meltdown Festival

Anna Calvi, Young Marble Giants and Benjamin Clementine are just three of the acts lined up to play at this year's Meltdown, the annual avant garde music festival held at the Southbank Centre which this year is curated by multi award-winning musician David Byrne in its 22nd year. As well as being the creative force behind American rock band Talking Heads, Byrne has collaborated with Fatboy Slim, Arcade Fire, Paul Simon and Morcheeba and his award-winning musical Here Lies Love was staged at the Dorfman Theatre in 2014. He joins previous Meltdown directors James Lavelle, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, John Peel and Morrissey. Other highlights of his programme include a celebration of African Funk-lord William Onyeabor's music, jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop by 8-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and actor and director Young Jean Lee and her band performing theatre piece 'We're Gonna Die' with David Byrne.

 

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    Three Cane WhaleThree Cane WhaleThe Bristol-based trio performs its instrumental contemporary folk material.31st July 2015Friday 31st July 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Three Cane Whale

    Free Event Today Only
    DatesFriday 31st July 2015 - 1pm-2pm | Pricing Free
     
    Southbank Centre 

    The Bristol-based trio performs its instrumental contemporary folk material.

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    Janette Mason & Nina FerroJanette Mason & Nina Ferro31st July 2015Friday 31st July 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Janette Mason & Nina Ferro

    Free Event Today Only
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    Ursula Martinez: Free AdmissionUrsula Martinez: Free AdmissionUrsula Martinez: Free AdmissionFollowing the success of her show My Stories, Your Emails, Ursula Martinez is back with her new production Free Admission, staged at the Southbank Centre this summer. In her new show, the Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur attempts to understand the absurdity of modern living in a social media-obsessed world of self-promotion. Celebratin31st July 2015Sunday 2nd August 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Ursula Martinez: Free Admission

    Now On
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    Southbank Centre 

    Following the success of her show My Stories, Your Emails, Ursula Martinez is back with her new production Free Admission, staged at the Southbank Centre this summer. In her new show, the Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur attempts to understand the absurdity of modern living in a social media-obsessed world of self-promotion. Celebratin... More about this event

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    Come And Clay: WorkshopCome And Clay: WorkshopPottery session with Freya Bramble-Carter.31st July 2015Friday 28th August 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Come And Clay: Workshop

    Free Event Now On
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    Southbank Centre 

    Pottery session with Freya Bramble-Carter.

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    Big Wedding Makeathon: WorkshopBig Wedding Makeathon: WorkshopFun, interactive sessions of crafty creativity.31st July 2015Monday 31st August 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Big Wedding Makeathon: Workshop

    Free Event Now On
    Dates22nd July to 31st August 2015 - 11am-4pm | Pricing Free
     
    Southbank Centre 

    Fun, interactive sessions of crafty creativity.

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    Simon LiningtonSimon LiningtonPerformance, sculpture, film and photography curated by Hayward Gallery Assistant Curator, Dominik Czechowski.31st July 2015Sunday 2nd August 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
    Category: event

    Simon Linington

    Free Event Now On
    Dates30th Jul to 2nd Aug 2015 | Pricing Free
     
    Southbank Centre 

    Performance, sculpture, film and photography curated by Hayward Gallery Assistant Curator, Dominik Czechowski.

    r event r Exhibitions r Art exhibitions - Photography
     
    Echoes & ReverberationsEchoes & ReverberationsA group exhibition exploring performative approaches to aural culture and oral history, including works by Jumana Emil Abboud and Joe Namy.31st July 2015Sunday 16th August 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Echoes & Reverberations

    Free Event Now On
    Dates23rd June to 16th August 2015 | Pricing Free
     
    Southbank Centre 

    A group exhibition exploring performative approaches to aural culture and oral history, including works by Jumana Emil Abboud and Joe Namy.

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    Festival of LoveFestival of LoveFestival of LoveReturning for a second year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw different types of human love explored and the project continues in 2015 with installations, performances and free events, including the second Big Wedding Weekend over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 29th to 31st July 2015Monday 31st August 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Festival of Love

    Ongoing
    Dates6th June to 31st August 2015
    Pricing Various
     
    Southbank Centre 

    Returning for a second year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw different types of human love explored and the project continues in 2015 with installations, performances and free events, including the second Big Wedding Weekend over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 29th to ... More about this event

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    Carsten Holler: DecisionCarsten Holler: DecisionCarsten Holler: DecisionEspecially-commissioned slides invite courageous visitors to Carsten Holler's summer exhibition at the Hayward to travel from the gallery's iconic glass pyramid ceiling to the entrance level. This major exhibition, one of the highlights of Southbank Centre's summer programme, also includes 'Moving Beds' (2015), a new work comprised of two robotic b31st July 2015Sunday 6th September 2015 Where:
    The Hayward Gallery,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XZ
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    Carsten Holler: Decision

    Ongoing
    Dates10th June to 6th September 2015
     
    The Hayward Gallery 

    Especially-commissioned slides invite courageous visitors to Carsten Holler's summer exhibition at the Hayward to travel from the gallery's iconic glass pyramid ceiling to the entrance level. This major exhibition, one of the highlights of Southbank Centre's summer programme, also includes 'Moving Beds' (2015), a new work comprised of two robotic b... More about this event

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    Badge Making: WorkshopBadge Making: WorkshopCreate your own pin badges.31st July 2015Sunday 6th September 2015 Where:
    Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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    Badge Making: Workshop

    Free Event Ongoing
    Dates10th June to 6th September 2015 - 11am-4pm | Pricing Free
     
    Southbank Centre 

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