Southbank Centre

An aerial view of London's South Bank

Southbank Centre consists of the Royal Festival Hall (newly reopened after its two-year transformation), the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall (containing the Purcell Room), and the Saison Poetry Library. We also manage the Arts Council Collection and organises the National Touring Exhibition programme in venues throughout the UK.

Situated on the south bank of the River Thames next to the popular BA London Eye, Southbank Centre is at the heart of an arts quarter stretching from the Royal National Theatre and National Film Theatre to Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.

Venue Type:

Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Royal Festival Hall: 10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day. Free entry.

The Poetry library will remain open on all dates with access from the Artist’s Entrance.

Queen Elizabeth Hall: Open times vary but usually open 90 minutes before events start and open all day in the summer.

Hayward Gallery: Open daily Mondays 12 - 6pm, Tuesdays – Wednesdays 10am – 6pm, late nights Thursdays and Fridays until 8pm

Admission charges

Free access to building, events may be charged

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Badke in performance


  • 14 July 2015 7:30-10pm

Inspired by dabke, the 10 dancers of Badke turn it into thrilling, even anarchic theatre: an eruption of joy and an affirmation of belonging.

Badke is a collaboration between Belgian choreographers Koen Augustijnen, Rosalba Torres Guerrero (les ballets C de la B), Hildegard De Vuyst (KVS) and ten Palestinian performers from different dance backgrounds, including traditional dabke, modern dance, hip-hop, capoeira and circus.

Dabke is an infectious, inclusive and wildly popular form of dance in Palestine and across the region. The 10 dancers of Badke turn it into thrilling, even anarchic theatre: an eruption of joy and an affirmation of belonging. Badke is not a search for a long-lost authenticity, but rather a nuanced expression of both a sense of belonging and a desire to be part of the wider world.

But behind the relentless energy and joy also lie darker moments, alluding to life under occupation and violence. This other reality seeps into the celebratory surface of Badke. But in the end, however, one thought prevails: We will dance until we collapse. The dancers push themselves to new extremes, driven by Nasser Al-Faris’ infectious soundscore.

Following the show there will be a post-show discussion with company members.

“A hurricane of energy, smiles and leaping bodies. Badke offers an hour of amazing moments of collective dance performed by ten Palestinian performers” – Le Soir
Related Events

6.30pm: Pre-show talk

Crossing Borders A panel discussion to present and discuss some recent exchanges between UK and Arab choreographers and companies, including Hakeem Onibudo, Candoco and Jorge Crecis – led by Carole McFadden, Theatre and Dance Adviser British Council


£15 / £7.50 concessions


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Poetry Explorers

Join the band of intrepid Poetry Explorers every Wednesday at 16.00. Parents and children are welcome at this free reading club for families in the newly refurbished Poetry Library.

How to obtain

Email for more information.

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
Greater London





0871 663 2501

Ticket office

0871 663 2500

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