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Africa UtopiaBack for a sixth time, Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better. Highlights in 2018 include Amadou & Mariam at the Royal Festival Hall, the Chineke! Orchestra performing a free jazz-infused concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the UK premiere screening of a film based on Nnedi Okorafor's short story Hello, Moto. Come to the festival for comedy, poetry, interactive theatre, literature, talks and a free outdoor gig by Kasai Masai, blending African rural and urban music. Further free activities include craft workshops from AFRORETRO, the Afro Dance Championships and an outdoor Block Party on the Festival Terrace. The Africa Utopia Marketplace returns with over 30 stalls selling African-inspired fashion, accessories, books, art and homeware.

About Southbank Centre

London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design finally move into the 21st century with a proposal that includes a floating glass pavilion, two more roof gardens, a space for riverside arts and a large pedestrian area. More about Southbank Centre

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Africa Utopia† Africa Utopia 2014, Big Sing, photo Vic Frankowski †

Africa Utopia - Africa Utopia 2014, Big Sing, photo Vic Frankowski

Africa Utopia Africa Utopia 2014, Big Sing, photo Vic Frankowski†


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Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £112† 31% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
The Royal Horseguards - A Guoman Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £117† 42% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
Emulating the style of a French chateau, this grand Victorian residence, built in 1884, occupies a prime location within Westminster. It's worth staying at the Grade ... More
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £244† 25% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
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London > Events > Concerts †Dates: Thursday 20th September 2018 - 7.30pm-10pm
Africa Utopia, Belvedere Road, SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
Originally known as the lead guitarist for The Coral, the Cheshire-born singer-songwriter performs minimal alt rock....More
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War Horse
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 8th November 2018 to 5th January 2019
Africa Utopia, South Bank, Covent Garden, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Africa Utopia
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse returns to the theatre where it all started, the National Theatre, eleven years after ...More
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Dreamgirls
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 19th November 2016 to 25th September 2018
Africa Utopia, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from Africa Utopia
A multi-award winning hit on Broadway and a 2006 film starring Beyonce, Dreamgirls returns thirty-five years after the original 1981Tony Award-winningmusical was first staged.The story, based ...More
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Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat auditorium, ... More
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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
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The Poetry Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
The most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1914 in Britain, The Poetry Library within the Southbank Centre contains 90,000 items and is still growing. ... More
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South Bank
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South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
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The Hayward Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from Africa Utopia
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, ... More
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Lower Marsh Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Africa Utopia
On weekdays a street food market runs along Lower Marsh displaying a diverse range of global food for all tastes, from Italian ... More
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
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Strada
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Unit 6, Royal Festival Hall Riverside, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
Strada has started something of a pizza revolution. The chain has blossomed thanks largely to its focus on fresh, high quality ingredients, and efficient, friendly service. ... More
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Giraffe
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Unit 1, Royal Festival Hall Riverside, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
If you happen to be with the kids on the South Bank this summer this is a great little eatery in which to recharge their batteries. ... More
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 7 minutes from Africa Utopia
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 12 minutes from Africa Utopia
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 13 minutes from Africa Utopia
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
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Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Africa Utopia
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
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Jubilee Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Africa Utopia
The concrete promenade along the South Bank greatly benefits from this large patch of green grass for striders, strollers and sightseers to relax on. Not ... More
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Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
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King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
A short walk from the South Bank Centre, The Old Vic and The National Theatre this traditional old watering hole is a good place to have ... More
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The Sherlock Holmes
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10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 7 minutes from Africa Utopia
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
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The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Africa Utopia
If you're the kind of drinker who gets thirsty, very thirsty, and you don't have the time or patience to queue for at a very busy ... More
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
Designed by the Eden Project, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the ... More
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
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Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Africa Utopia
Home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s, the building housing Gordon’s is now home to a regular, thriving crowd of drinkers of all ages and all ... More
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
The Royal Festival Hall's refurbishment has done away with 'The People's Palace', the marvellously 1950s restaurant that used to occupy this space, and replaced it with ... More
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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Africa Utopia
Located by the River Thames, with sweeping views of the capital from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral, the Southbank Centre is a unique metropolitan ... More
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The Deck at the National Theatre
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South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Africa Utopia
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Bill Ryder-JonesBill Ryder-JonesOriginally known as the lead guitarist for The Coral, the Cheshire-born singer-songwriter performs minimal alt rock.2018-09-20T19:30:00+01002018-09-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Bill Ryder-Jones
Jazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan StoryJazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan StoryA musical extravaganza featuring Brinsley Forde, Noel McKoy, rising stars Dem Three and Southbank Centre Voicelab and Singology choirs, led by gospel choir leader Mark De-Lisser, accompanied by Gary Crosby's 22-piece orchestra, celebrating 50 years of Trojan Records with The Trojan Story.2018-09-20T19:30:00+01002018-09-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Jazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan Story
TruthTruthHelen Chadwick and Steven Hoggett's story that looks at the once-simple notion of truth in a messy modern age.2018-09-20T19:45:00+01002018-09-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Truth
2018 Koestler Awards: I'm Still Here2018 Koestler Awards: I'm Still HereArt, writing and music created by prisoners, secure patients and detainees, as well as those on community sentences across the UK.2018-09-20T10:00:00+01002018-11-04T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Free EventNow On
2018 Koestler Awards: I'm Still Here
Drag: Self-Portraits And Body PoliticsDrag: Self-Portraits And Body PoliticsRadical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day by artists embracing drag as an art form, including Pierre Moliner, Valie Export, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman.2018-09-20T11:00:00+01002018-10-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Free EventNow On
Drag: Self-Portraits And Body Politics
Moses SumneyMoses SumneyThe singer-songwriter performs his original guitar-based folk and soul compositions.2018-09-21T20:00:00+01002018-09-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Moses Sumney
Susheela RamanSusheela RamanThe London-based musician and composer performs her mixture of ambient, world and other musics in her original material.2018-09-21T20:00:00+01002018-09-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Susheela Raman
Debashish Bhattacharya And Praveen SheolikarDebashish Bhattacharya And Praveen SheolikarIndividual duet performances by the violinist Praveen Sheolikar and tabla player Vinod Lele and slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya and tabla player Sukhwinder Singh.2018-09-22T18:30:00+01002018-09-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Debashish Bhattacharya And Praveen Sheolikar
London Concert Orchestra: Star Wars And Beyond: A Sci-fi SpectacularLondon Concert Orchestra: Star Wars And Beyond: A Sci-fi SpectacularToby Purser conducts a programme of science fiction film music by Jerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, John Williams, David Arnold, Steven Price and Danny Elfman.2018-09-22T19:30:00+01002018-09-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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London Concert Orchestra: Star Wars And Beyond: A Sci-fi Spectacular
Lubomyr MelnykLubomyr MelnykThe Ukrainian pianist performs his continuous piano technique, drawing on minimalism and Eastern philosophy.2018-09-22T19:45:00+01002018-09-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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