Southbank Centre

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In the Black Fantastic review – spectacular from first to last
Wild imagination unites 11 artists from the African diaspora, including Nick Cave and Kara Walker, as they address racial injustice through myth and fantasy in this never less than magnificent show

Laura Cumming

03, Jul, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The week in classical: Migrations; Aldeburgh festival; Royal Academy of Music SO/Bychkov
WNO’s multi-stranded exploration of human migration is a joy; Aldeburgh honours Oliver Knussen in style; and the RAM’s future stars are bold as brass

Fiona Maddocks

02, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Claude Vivier weekend review – unruly and utterly distinctive
A rare immersion in the late Canadian composer – notorious for the manner of his death – reveals patchy beginnings evolving into mature harmonic soundscapes unlike anything else

Andrew Clements

09, May, 2022 @8:05 AM

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A moment that changed me: my dream job healed my excruciating pain
The autoimmune disease lupus had ruined my life until I landed an interview at the Southbank Centre. After years of trying to fit in I’d found my tribe – and a way to get better

Christina Patterson

27, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Yuja Wang /Royal festival hall review – dazzling and brilliant playing
Wang’s flamboyance and virtuosity doesn’t always convey a real sense of what the music is about, but in works such as Ligeti’s Etudes she is irresistible.

Andrew Clements

21, Apr, 2022 @12:23 PM

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John Woolf obituary
Violinist who founded the Park Lane Group to provide platforms for performers and composers at the start of their careers

Peter Dickinson

23, Feb, 2022 @5:48 PM

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Needle and dread: Louise Bourgeois’s disturbing textile works
Severed heads, fraying stitches and exposed bodily orifices feature in a new exhibition of the artist’s late works in fabric

Alice Blackhurst

14, Feb, 2022 @9:00 AM

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No turkeys allowed! 25 of the best shows to book for Christmas 2021
Looking for a jolly good trip to the theatre this winter? Here’s our pick’n’mix selection of musicals, pantos and festive spectaculars, featuring circus tricks, high kicks and puppet rodents

Chris Wiegand

16, Nov, 2021 @3:33 PM

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Colin Currie Group review – joyous celebration of Steve Reich
Built around a new piece by the 85-year-old composer unlike anything he has written before, this was an exhilarating occasion

Andrew Clements

21, Oct, 2021 @8:28 AM

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Mixing It Up: Painting Today review – a showcase of devotion to an age-old medium
Lisa Brice, Rose Wylie and Oscar Murillo are among the 31 UK-based artists united in this superb survey of painting’s deep connection to our times

Laura Cumming

12, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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‘All of life is here. And it’s too much!’ – Mixing It Up: Painting Today review
Ghosts, fetish-wear, smokers, swimmers, monks, aubergines, birds, lots of cats … and Saddam Hussein. Our writer is overwhelmed by this attempt to survey contemporary painting

Adrian Searle

07, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Jade Hackett on hip-hop dance: ‘Black joy is just as powerful as protest’
The choreographer felt the urgent need to bring happiness and relentless fun to the weekender she has curated for the Southbank Centre’s Summer Reunion series

Lyndsey Winship

18, Aug, 2021 @12:01 PM

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