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Southbank Centre’s summer season line-up

The Southbank Centre has a huge array of free and ticketed events coming up for its summer season.

Kicking off in June, the Southbank Centre will open Tavares Strachan: There Is Light Somewhere on June 18 at the Hayward Gallery.

Dedicated to the work of New York-based artist Tavares Strachan, the exhibition showcases Strachan’s inventive celebrations of unsung explorers and cultural trailblazers.

Featuring new sculptural commissions alongside large-scale collages, neon works, bronze and ceramic sculptures, and mixed-media installations, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey of discovery.

Also on June 8, the Hayward Gallery will launch Naomi Rincón Gallardo: Sonnet of Vermin.

Ms Gallardo lives and works between Mexico City and Oaxaca. Her films create dreamlike ‘counter-worlds’ that address how colonialism continues to infect social, political and environmental settings.

Working through mediums including video, performance, drawing and sculpture, Sonnet of Vermin  follows a group of animals related to Mesoamerican myths – Bat, Snake, Scorpion and a choir of frogs – as they move across dystopian landscapes in Oaxaca.

Communicating through radio signals, these unwanted creatures of the underworld attempt to synchronise with one another and the dead. 

Azeema will be leading the Southbank Centres summer Riverside Terrace takeovers (Picture: Azeema)

Throughout July, the Southbank Centre’s You Belong Here will present an extensive programme of art, conversation, music and performance.

Across a range of free and ticketed events, You Belong Here provides a platform for artists, writers and performers to explore the impact notions of belonging have on art and society. 

Writers, activists and historians such as Kelechi Okafor and David Olusoga provide in-depth discussions on Black British history, community and identity, while Anastasiia Liubchenko presents the family show Home, a colourful and playful tale of a trip to discover a new home. 

You Belong Here’s public programme also features a number of community-driven Riverside Terrace takeovers from ground-breaking groups such as Azeema and Sounds Like Chaos, bringing free workshops, music and performance to the site.

The season will also host a new contemporary-classical music festival Sound Within Sound which will run from July 4 to 7.

Spotlighting a collection of often overlooked 20th-century composers, Sound Within Sound features concerts from London Sinfonietta, Siwan Rhys and Quatuor Bozzini among others.

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Pictured top: South Bank Centres Jazz Festival (Picture: Jazz Re:Fest)

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