Here’s how to beat those winter blues – we’ve got a stimulating line up of events for you down on the South Bank.
Enjoy a weekend of surprises and delights hosted by the Coca-Cola London Eye to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Dragon dancers and a spectacular light show are part of all the exciting events and entertainment lined up as part of the largest celebrations in Europe as well as outside Asia. [From 27th Jan to 29th Jan 2017]
Fancy a bit of red hot jazz, bootleg liquor and some titillating fun? Dust off those glad rags and head to the Vaults for this radical, immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age masterpiece. Brought to you by The Guild of Misrule and The Immersive Ensemble, this sensational production brings together creative from Secret Cinema, Les Enfant Terribles, The Flanagan Collective and Belt Up Theatre. [From 25th Jan to 5 March 2017]
See the Southbank Centre from a whole new perspective. Love it or hate it, the brutalist concrete landscape of Europe’s largest arts centre still divides opinion. Join a fascinating tour of these iconic buildings which encapsulates decades of architectural innovation. Each tour is led by an expert and is unique as the route varies each time depending on the day’s events and activities.
Peter Shaffer’s iconic play about the radical young prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979 It went on to win multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. This new production, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia, has had stellar reviews and is near sold out. There are still some tickets left for the lucky few – otherwise you can catch the NT Live showing at selected cinemas for the performance on Thursday 2nd February. [Until 18th March]
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest private collections of seminal photography of the classic modernist period of the 1920s-50s. This incredible collection has come together over twenty-five years and comprises of over 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints from influential figures including Man Ray, Brassai, Dorothea Lange and Imogen Cunningham. [Until 21 May 2017]
A new year’s resolution may be to be more mindful and this year long festival at the Southbank Centre will definitely be enlightening. Throughout 2017, along with the Philharmonic Orchestra, a series of events will explore what it means to be human. From Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Playing God to The Big Bang and even a Crazy Coffin Exhibition, the festival covers a wide range of fascinating topics.