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Festival of the WorldInspired by the cultural vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Festival of the World has got it all. From the UK's largest ever poetry festival to an urban beach with a twist, the Southbank Centre will be transformed to show visitors how art can transform lives. Running throughout the summer as London celebrates the 2012 Olympics, the festival is based around Coubertin, a founder of the modern Olympic movement, and his belief that the arts could inspire young people in a manner similar to how sport can. The combination of sport and art is a theme common in many festivals this summer and, with a packed out programme of events at Southbank, you'll be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy here.

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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Festival of the World† Credit: Belinda Lawley †

Festival of the World - Credit: Belinda Lawley

Festival of the World Credit: Belinda Lawley†


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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

Waterloo Tube Station
5 minutes walk
Lambeth North Tube Station
10 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

Waterloo Railway Station
5 minutes walk
Waterloo East Railway Station
5 minutes walk
Car Parks

Car Parks

Union Car Park
13 minutes walk
Library Street NCP
13 minutes walk

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Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £99† 37% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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 £130† 28% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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 £325† 25% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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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Shama Rahman: Truth BeTold
London > Events > Concerts †Dates: Tuesday 24th May 2016 - 6pm-7pm
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
The award-winning sitarist, composer and singer performs songs from her bilingual hybrid album, fusing elements of opera, theatre, cabaret, sitar, visual art, science, Sufi poetry and ...More
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1984
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 14th June to 3rd September 2016
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan revive their production of George Orwell's seminal novel 1984 this year. After premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse in ...More
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Funny Girl
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 9th April to 8th October 2016
Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from Festival of the World
Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith makes her much awaited return to the West End in 2016 to star in Funny Girl, which transfers from ...More
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Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
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 ... More
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 best museums, galleries, attractions near Festival of the World
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The Poetry Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
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
London > Attractions >
South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
This stretch along the Thames is one of the cultural and social hubs of London with the Southbank Centre - which includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen ... More
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The Hayward Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from Festival of the World
The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. It mounts temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The gallery, named ... More
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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 Festival of the World
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 > Food and Drink Shops
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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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I Knit London
London > Shopping > Clothing
106 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Festival of the World
Stocking a wide range of yarns, needles, patterns and accessories, I Knit London started as a knitting community in Vauxhall in January 2006, meeting at the ... More
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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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London City College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Royal Waterloo House, 51 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Festival of the World
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English Language Institute
London > Education > English Language Courses
Royal Waterloo House, 51-55 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Festival of the World
Wide variety of courses offered. Classes of 12-16. Under £200pw.... More
Institution of Electrical Engineers
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Savoy Place, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 7 minutes from Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Festival of the World
The Deck is a modern roof-top venue with stunning views over the Thames, available for hire at the National Theatre, part of the Southbank Centre which ... More

Southbank Centre events

Comedy In The DarkComedy In The DarkA selection of acts perform their stand-up routines in total darkness.2016-05-24T00:00:00+01002016-07-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Comedy In The Dark
Shama Rahman: Truth BeToldShama Rahman: Truth BeToldThe award-winning sitarist, composer and singer performs songs from her bilingual hybrid album, fusing elements of opera, theatre, cabaret, sitar, visual art, science, Sufi poetry and the sounds of water. Backed by a six-piece band playing improvisational music that flows freely through genres and traditions from around the world.2016-05-24T18:00:00+01002016-05-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Shama Rahman: Truth BeTold
Book Club: The Year Of The Runaways, Sunjeev SahotaBook Club: The Year Of The Runaways, Sunjeev SahotaRead and discuss this book, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.2016-05-24T19:00:00+01002016-05-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Book Club: The Year Of The Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota
Pink Sari RevolutionPink Sari RevolutionA work-in-progress, stage-adaptation of Amana Fontanella-Khan's novel about 20,000 female vigilantes campaigning for women's rights in rural Northern India. A collaboration between Suba Das, Aakash Odedra and Akhila Khrishnan.2016-05-24T19:30:00+01002016-05-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Pink Sari Revolution
Steve Reich's Music For 18 MusiciansSteve Reich's Music For 18 MusiciansPercussionist Colin Currie and his ensemble return with an all-Reich programme to celebrate the composer's 80th birthday, performing Mallet Quartet For 2 Marimbas & 2 Vibraphones, Quartet For 2 Vibraphones & 2 Pianos and Music For 18 Musicians.2016-05-24T19:30:00+01002016-05-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Today Only
Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians
AlchemyAlchemyAlchemyReturning to the Southbank Centre for 2016, Alchemy is a festival of South Asian culture that has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. Incorporating comedy, theatre, dance and music, this year's festival highlights include famed Indian musical trio Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, a new tabla concerto by Zakir Hu2016-05-24T00:00:00+01002016-05-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Now On

event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Festivals
PRICINGVarious
DATES20th to 30th May 2016
VENUESouthbank Centre
Returning to the Southbank Centre for 2016, Alchemy is a festival of South Asian culture that has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. Incorporating comedy, theatre, dance and music, this year's festival highlights include famed Indian musical trio Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, a new tabla concerto by Zakir Hu...†More about this event
A Different ShakespeareA Different ShakespeareA documentary about an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for young people with disabilities, resulting from a collaboration between UK theatre company Graeae and Bangladesh's Dhaka Theatre.2016-05-24T11:00:00+01002016-05-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventNow On
A Different Shakespeare
The Love Works Duology: Little Elephant & Chariot RidersThe Love Works Duology: Little Elephant & Chariot RidersA double-bill of short animated films about same-sex love in contemporary British South Asian communities.2016-05-24T11:00:00+01002016-05-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventNow On
The Love Works Duology: Little Elephant & Chariot Riders
Women Spread The WordWomen Spread The WordA screening of a documentary about a memoir project for Afghani women.2016-05-24T11:00:00+01002016-05-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventNow On
Women Spread The Word
KERB Does AlchemyKERB Does AlchemyKERB Does AlchemyKERB, the London street food specialists, are back at the Southbank Centre this summer to add some spice to this year's Alchemy festival. Running for 12 days, the festival will see KERB's star traders put their own twist on the Alchemy theme, with dishes such as mac 'n' cheese, pizza, ice cream, and even Pimm's, all being given a spicy twist. Feast2016-05-24T00:00:00+01002016-05-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Now On

event > Foodie Events > Festivals & Exhibitions
DATES19th to 30th May 2016
VENUESouthbank Centre
KERB, the London street food specialists, are back at the Southbank Centre this summer to add some spice to this year's Alchemy festival. Running for 12 days, the festival will see KERB's star traders put their own twist on the Alchemy theme, with dishes such as mac 'n' cheese, pizza, ice cream, and even Pimm's, all being given a spicy twist. Feast...†More about this event

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Frankenstein
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The Royal Opera House hosts the world premiere of Liam Scarlett's new full-length ballet, ...More

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Concerts | Until 8th June 2016 

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Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan perform in The Royal Opera House ...More

The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
Dance | Until 10th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Festival Of The World

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ...More

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
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Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Festival Of The World

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Insights: Big Sing: Nabucco
Exhibitions | On 24th May 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Festival Of The World

Conductor and repetiteur Paul Wingfield leads a 90-minute singing session....More

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from Festival Of The World

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
Designology
Tours | Until 27th May 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Festival Of The World

The exhibition explores how design is encountered in our everyday journeys and how this has evolved over the last century....More

The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Festival Of The World

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Festival Of The World

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Festival Of The World

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
 
 
 
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