Southbank Centre to launch Inside Out three-month multi-arts festival for autumn 2020

Southbank Centre is running a three-month series of multi-arts events entitled Inside Out, all broadcast from Royal Festival Hall and other venues from 17 September to 30 December.

The autumn season of over 40 multi-arts events bringing music, literature, and comedy back to the Royal Festival Hall for the first time since closure on 17 March, including:

  • 30 orchestral concerts, including the culmination of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision series; ten of these concerts will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
  • exclusive online events with internationally-renowned authors in place of the flagship London Literature Festival
  • and Resident & Associate Orchestras launching their 20/21 seasons with revised programmes to reflect wider cultural conversations.

These events will be streamed online while social distancing measures remain in place.

Inside Out will also feature acclaimed musicians including Tasmin Little, Víkingur Ólafsson, Roderick Williams, Alina Ibragimova and Pekka Kuusisto, and iconic writers and activists such as Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Angela Davis, Arundhati Roy and Kae Tempest.

Further programming for Inside Out to be announced at a later date.

Already open is Southbank Centre's 'Everyday Heroes', a free outdoor public art and poetry exhibition, which celebrates frontline workers around the UK. This runs from 1 September to 7 November.

Gillian Moore, Director of Music and Performing Arts at the Southbank Centre, said: “When the Southbank Centre’s doors closed on 17 March, we could never have imagined that the spaces would remain silent for so long. This has been a devastating time for the arts. We’ve all been yearning to get back to what we love: making music and sharing this with our audiences. We are delighted to welcome back our Resident & Associate Orchestras this autumn to launch their 20/21 season, alongside some of the greatest authors, writers and thinkers of our time, exploring some of the most urgent issues of the day. The Royal Festival Hall needs to reverberate again and we are so grateful to all our partners who will be helping us bring it back to life, allowing us to reconnect with our audiences through streaming and radio broadcasts. We need the arts to make sense of the world: they show us how far we’ve come and how far we’ve got to go. Never have we needed them more.”

Ted Hodkingson, Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, said: “After five months of closure I’m delighted to announce an online series of talks that offer a timely response to our tumultuous present and celebrate our capacity for creativity and connection. We have living legends including Angela Davis alongside leading voices in the fight for racial and social justice such as Alicia Garza, with boundary-pushing authors, thinkers and poets of global renown including Arundhati Roy, Claudia Rankine and Kae Tempest, as well as beloved comedians including Dawn French and John Cleese. We look forward to bringing the London Literature Festival back bigger and better than ever in 2021, but for now, we’re thrilled to be able to bring authors and audiences together from all around the world as part of Inside Out.” 

Angela Davis, activist and writer, part of the Inside Out Festival / Image: Southbank Centre

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