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Southbank – The Other Side of London: Audio Guide
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Set on the South Bank of the River Thames, Southbank Centre is acclaimed for diverse and ground-breaking programming, and the amazing teaching and learning team, making art accessible to all.
The Southbank Centre was founded in 1951, born out of the Festival of Britain, and has since become not only a leading arts venue, but the largest arts centre in Britain. Their aim is to break down barriers for more people to engage in art and culture. The site has a rich architectural history; the centre is made up of multiple buildings and venues for a diverse viewing and experience of the culture London has to offer. The Royal Festival Hall was built according to scientific acoustic principles, and its epic 7,866-pipe organ was designed by Ralph Downes and built by Harrison & Harrison.
Every time you visit, you will experience a new wonder, making it a place of intrigue, curiosity and creativity. The vibrant, fresh programme of dance, gigs, music, BFI cinema and performance pay tribute to the historic legacy of the brutalist buildings and the countless number of legendary artists who have graced the centre over the past fifty years.
Each year the Southbank Centre hosts the Imagine Children’s Festival, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, for 12 days of literature, music, comedy, international performance, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0 – 11 and their adults. You can drop by for free events and family-oriented workshops or pre-book your spot at paid theatre shows and exhibitions, sure to spice up the February half term. From eco-based games, to design challenges and wonderful performance, there’s something educational and creative for everyone.
The Southbank Centre has regular events for families, which allow you to enjoy and learn about art, music, books and more. They offer a selection of activities and performances from friends and partners to creatively learn about all things culture. There’s also the FUNharmonics family concert, where you are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra at star-studded, semi-staged complete performances for all to enjoy.
The Southbank Centre food market runs every week (Friday to Sunday) to offer you food, drink and dessert that’s bursting with flavour from around the globe. Certain to satisfy all taste buds, young and old! Plus, tucked under Waterloo Bridge you'll find the daily book market, one of London’s best-kept secrets. This is the one of few outdoor secondhand and antique book markets in southern England. While you're exploring the South Bank, check out the London Eye and London Aquarium, too.
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